Episode 27

What can I do to improve my grades?

episode 27

No matter which side of the pond you’re on, your grades are incredibly important. They determine whether you graduate, where you might be accepted to college, and what your future career choices might be. All this pressure often leads to stress and anxiety regarding students’ grades.

This is very clear in the types of questions we’ve recently received from parents and students alike, with questions such as this one, from Nick (a parent):

“My son has got some really important final tests and exams coming up in high school this year, and I want to know what I can do as a parent to help him get the best grades possible.”

From Michaela, a student, we have a question that boils down to, “what tips and strategies can I use to improve my grades?”

With so many parents, students, and even teachers wondering some variation of these questions, we’ve decided to use this episode of The Unstoppable Teen Podcast to begin offering some answers that you’ll find useful if you want to succeed in school.

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“Engagement — passion for learning — your enthusiasm in the classroom — is a really accurate indicator of how well you’re likely to do in your final scores. And one thing that has a massive impact on your engagement in school is the relationships you have in your life.”
Kevin Mincher – Teen Success Coach

You will learn:

  • The four types of responses that students typically have when they see their ‘mock’ test results (2:34)
  • Why you shouldn’t try to predict or second-guess what Kevin (or any teacher) is going to suggest for how to improve your grades (5:03)
  • How to get involved in Unstoppable Teen’s research on the 21 things that are proven to lead to better grades for students in high school (5:59)
  • Where to take the free survey that will measure how you’re doing in the 21 areas mentioned (8:13)
  • Three questions that the survey asks about your relationships as they relate to your grades, and how most people answer these questions (8:48)
  • The importance of education in the pursuit of any career, and where one common cause of underachievement is occurring (hint: it’s generally not parents or teachers) (10:44)
  • The type of people you need to surround yourself with if you want to improve your grades (12:42)
  • The first thing you need to do if you want to succeed in school (13:30)
  • How, as a parent, you can foster a home environment that will help your teen improve their grades (15:16)
  • Some great questions that you, as a parent, can ask your son or daughter (16:34)
  • Another way you can help your son or daughter, this time by influencing his or her peer group to see learning as ‘cool’ (17:47)
  • A fun method of turning learning into a fun evening (19:12)
  • How sharing stats and celebrity stories can help teachers inspire higher levels of student success (20:57)
  • The single most important thing you need to do if you want to improve your grades (22:47)
  • Two simple things you can do if you want more tips and techniques now (23:52)
  • What you need to do to get Kevin to deliver his performance coaching seminars at your school (24:38)
“Say to your classmates, ‘I believe in you. You can do it.’ When you become that kind of positive person, you’ll give others permission to behave in the same way towards you.”
Kevin Mincher – Teen Success Coach