We’re all about helping our younger listeners succeed in school. So, when we decided to find expert advice on getting better grades, we went straight to the source – I’m talking about spelling bee champs, science fair winners, and honor roll students. We found them with the help Good Housekeeping magazine:

  • Get a day planner. Lindsey Maxon scored a perfect 2400 on her SATs, and she says keeping a calendar does more than help her remember dates. Seeing her schedule on paper allows her to allocate time so she never finishes assignments at the last minute.
  • Play to your strengths. Josephine Kao is a regular competitor in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. She has her dad put Post-its with hard words written on them all over the house. Spelling whiz Scott Remer practices out loud while walking with his parents. In other words, there’s no one-size-fits-all for learning. You might get the best results from oral quizzing while your best friend needs to write things down. The reason both of those methods work? Because they each use a different neural pathway to log the information, and the more ways you give yourself to store information, the better able you’ll be to remember and retrieve it.  
  • Unplug. John and Danny Berg have been honor students since grade school and they suggest turning off the TV, your cell phone, and any other electronic device and just focusing on your work. Carol Dweck, a psychology professor at Stanford University, takes it a step further. She says that TV isn’t just a distraction. It actually reduces our ability to learn. So power down.
  • Don’t overschedule. Remember, everyone needs downtime, which is hard to find when you’re taking classes and loaded up with extracurricular activities. So, before you join another club, consider this: Graham Van Schaik won 2nd place in this year’s Intel Science Talent Search - with an idea he got while playing outside.