Getting better grades is easy–pay attention, go to class every day, and do every assignment on time. Another useful tip is to immerse yourself in the course content. For example, if you are taking a course on Japanese history, do not limit yourself to the textbook alone. Read articles on internet encyclopedias. Pick up supplemental books at the library. The more background content knowledge that you have, the more easily you will understand the course content. Try watching the History Channel instead of the Disney Channel.