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How to become an A* student

College Counseling 21 March 2018

Howard Ng, one of our current students shares his recommendations on how to reach your full academic potential at CATS Academy Boston.

Firstly, aiming for mediocre results is not a good idea! You know that you have the potential and the aptitude to succeed academically in every subject, but maybe you have not yet reached the realisation that you can? We should keep in mind that “The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step” (Lao Tzu).

Here are some of my recommendations on how to reach for those top grades: 

Humility is how you get better”– Mr. O’Donnell

At all times, stay humble. Put yourself in a position to learn in each of your classes. Keep an open mind and always be open to new ideas and better ways of doing things. Your opinion about the way things should go may or may not be the best. Accept both accolades and correction with grace.

Set goals, always know where you are going

In order to get anywhere, you must set goals. When you do, you will be certain of where you are heading and what you want to do in the future. By setting a goal you are telling yourself to do your best. With a goal in your head, let’s say… getting an ‘A’ average in your Algebra II class, you will be able to focus on this goal and, with a little hard work, achieve the grade you want.

Cope with failure effectively

When your grade in a particular class drops, the effort that you put into the class should increase, not decrease. You shouldn’t blame anyone for a bad grade, you should consider your mistakes and learn from them. A bad grade should not deter your personal determination to rise to the top.

Manage your time, write down your assignment

You might think you can remember all of the assignments your teacher gives you, but don’t be surprised when you suddenly forget all of it the next day. If this sounds familiar then you know that needs to change. Simply get a planner or a notebook to write down your assignments. Don’t waste your time, write it down.

These habits can easily be adopted by every student here at CATS Academy and if you put these suggestions into practice you will be on the road to becoming the A* student you know you can be.

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