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How do you succeed in school?

Become a star student with Learn More Indiana’s tips for success.

Do your homework

Doing your homework will help you keep up your grades and develop your skills for test time. Working on problems or reading a little each day will keep the ideas fresh in your head. You’ll do better on standardized tests like the ISTEP+ if you do your homework, too.

Pay attention

If you are tempted to talk to friends or daydream when your teacher is talking, come up with strategies to stay focused on your learning. Take notes or sit at the front of the class. You may need to talk to your parents or teacher if noisy friends are a big problem.


Don’t plan on just remembering everything before a test. You probably won’t remember as much as you think you do. Schedule time the night before a test to review the material. Take a learning style assessment to discover how you learn best. You may find that your best strategy is making flashcards or saying things out loud.

Eat right

Making healthy food choices can help you learn better. No one can concentrate on an empty stomach! Always eat breakfast. Avoid eating a lot of sweets, especially right before a test. Watch out for sugary drinks, too. You don’t want your “sugar high” to crash right in the middle of an important exam.

You can learn more about nutrition at the federal government’s ChooseMyPlate.gov site.

Get enough sleep

Your body—including your mind—won’t function right if you don’t give yourself enough sleep. Missing a TV show for an extra hour of sleep is worth it. You will be able to pay attention better and will find it easier to remember what you’re learning in school.

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