When a person first enters an educational facility, whether it is secondary school or a facility of higher learning such as a college or university; one always wonders what separates me from the other students. One may think that it is your personality, but what peers always for in a person is their education and learning ability. Children are born into a competitive society in which they learn to study and excel in school. As they age and mature children begin build on their rudimentary skills of learning such as practicing mathematical problems or reading text books. These skills may seem to be the foundation of achieving better grades in school, but grades are something that reflect a persons mental capacity in both interpreting and "spewing" out the information in coherent colloquial sentences. When one wishes to achieve better grades in school, one must understand that studying is just one part of the process. The most important part is assessments that professors and teachers administrate to their students to "assess" their interpretation of data and reiterate it through writing. The first step in to achieving better grades is to do the tasks asked by the teacher. Categories that fall under this is extra credit, homework, and even participation. The main thing you would want to prove to your teacher is that you are DEFINITELY NOT LAZY. Second of all you want to show your teacher you can apply yourself to school and the real-world. Teachers definitely want to know that their students are focused and intrigued by the topic. You can show this through participation and homework as well as going beyond the "call of duty" such as further researching about the topic. For example, if a teacher assigns a student homework that asks of a student to answer a question such as what does 1+1 equal? A student would usually put 2 as the answer and leave it be. An excellent student would explain why 1+1=2 or why 1+1=3 through uses of mathematics in categories such as physics through the use of vectors, or just simple equations using basic 8th-grade algebra. The second rule of achieving better grades is to study. A student who studies every night and reviews their notes everyday after a class or lecture is bound to do better than a student who lackadaisically studies the night before or does not study at all before a test. This is proven by students who enroll into prestigious colleges such as Stanford and Harvard. These student did not get accepted by such prestigious institutions through sheer luck. These students worked hard to get where they are through studying. The common wisdom of society is always IQ. High IQ is born to a person, but does not prove or determine whether a person is smart or capable of achieving better grades, but it is the actions that determine the person. The SAT perfectly embodies such an example. The SAT, which stands for nothing, determines a student aptitude or IQ and it is said that one cannot study for this. But if one is to go to their local government library, they will find a unlimited resources of books that help practice for the SAT. Most student who take the SAT know of the format before they even step into the test-taking facility. As a result, those who practice for the test tend to score in the 95 percentile rather than those who don't. Achieving better grades is not something that is easily achievable and requires much practice and diligence to achieve. The true question is are you prepared to perform all the above to achieve better grades?