EARN THE BEST GRADES!
One way to earn the best grades is to establish concrete goals for yourself!
S.M.A.R.T. goals are like direction points on a map:
Goals should be straightforward and emphasize WHAT you want to happen. Be keenly specific and use action words such as “organize”, “develop”, “complete”, “earn”, etc.
If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it. Goals should include a specific measure for success – success is goal accomplishment. Make every effort to reduce a goal to its most quantifiable form so you can stay on track, reach your targets, see the change occur, and experience a sense of accomplishment.
ACHIEVABLE & ATTAINABLE
A goal must be within your authority, skill, and knowledge level. The appropriate resources need to be available to achieve it. Goals set too far out-of-reach or are otherwise unrealistic will negatively affect your level of commitment. You may start with the best of intentions but most likely will not be able to maintain momentum. Achievable means "do-able."
A goal should directly relate to your vision for future success. A goal of passing all of your math courses is fine, but this vague goal does not directly relate to your succinct vision to complete a double major in Math and Economics and get accepted to Ph.D. program in Math someday. How about this? "Earn a grade of A+ in Math 111; and an A in Economics 121 by the end of Fall 2013!"
Set a definitive timeframe for the completion of your goal(s). Establishing an end point or other specific timeframe gives you a clear target to work towards. Without a quantifiable timeframe, there's no urgency to begin taking action. Time must be measurable, attainable and realistic.