Choosing the right courses (and really going deep into them) can increase your college GPA.
Grade is a measure of success at university. Like the salary of a job, the average score in baseball or the price of a stock, your overall GPA is an indicator of how well you have learned. And yet, there’s a surprising piece of information at least from professors just about what you should do to get a high score in college. Here are the 15 best tips from the Professors’ Guide to Getting Good Grades in College book with a wish from us that you will get all A’s right at the start of your college year:
1. Take responsibility for yourself. University is not like high school. There will be no teachers or parents to remind you of what you need to do every day. So step up and take responsibility. The score you will get depends on what you yourself do.
2. Be active, not passive. To get a high score in college, it is very important that you choose the right courses. Take the classes you think you can do. And ensure the right level in the required courses like math, English, science and language (at some universities, there are 5 courses named “university math”). Above all, do not accept some “first year student program” from your counselor. Choose each course for yourself, paying careful attention that some courses will meet distribution requirements, some will be counted in a specific discipline, some will satisfy your interests and at least a course that seems interesting to you in some aspects. You will do well if you choose right.
3. Don’t overload yourself. Some students think that spending as much time as possible in college is a pride. This is not true. Take 4 or up to 5 subjects each term. And, unless you’re very special, don’t choose more than one major. Each industry is equipped with 10 or 12 compulsory subjects, and you can really kill your GPA if you take too much that is, being forced the required subjects in the specialization industry that you only half care about.
4. Planning. Part of getting a high score is the balance between all you need to do, week after week. So get a calendar electronic will be better and enter all the professors’ classes, tests, papers and working hours (later will need more). For those who are brave, you should also enter the number of hours you plan your weekly study for each subject. That way, you will have a plan for (or at least an idea of) what you will do in the course of a semester.
5. Join the class. Most students have a limit: the number of lectures they can miss and still can learn well. But if there are 35 class sessions, each session has about 3% of the required content. Missing 7 sessions is 20%. And, if you disappear from the class right before Thanksgiving and the professor chooses an essay question to end each class …. Well, you can really cause great damage to your overall GPA at the price of a class.
6. Become a notetaking robot.
In many introductory courses, the professor’s lecture component is mainly midterm and finalterm test materials. So you need to write down everything that the professor said in the lecture. Don’t worry too much about the structure, and forget about the special “note systems” (Cornell NoteTaking System, Mind Mapping, or “five R’s of good note taking”). Just write it all down you can fix it later.
4-star tips. Pay special attention to writing down everything the professor writes on the board and all the files he or she can use. Be sure to catch any explanation given, because you may have trouble with encrypted words without the professor’s explanation.
7. Avoid doing too many things. It is a bad idea to plan to do one thing twice: recording the lecture with the idea of listening to them again when you go home, read the article three times, copy your notes the day before the test. Focus as much as possible for the first time and do a really good job.
8. Devote yourself to learning. At the university, you are expected to prepare an hour or two (sometimes more) for each class. This means that budgeting time each week and finding the appropriate “learning environment”. There are no devices, no social networks, no friends, no eating just take your mind to deal with the job. We know this can be painful but all students who get an A do it (no matter what they tell you).
9. Double for tests. Before each test, create a sample test yourself and do it, with the same questions that you expect the real exam to take. Do them under exam conditions (no notes, time limits). Use leaflets, study guides, homework and experiments, old tests, and tips from professors or tutors to develop test questions. If you receive the exam and the question is surprising, you have not really prepared properly.
10. Don’t be a Wiki devotee.
If your subject has a research paper, make sure you use proper and academic materials. Look at the roster and / or instructions in the lecture or module to see what the professor is expecting. Above all, forget Wikipedia and stop searching Google blindly: these often don’t bring the right kind of content for a university study.
11. Making appointments with the professor. A resource that is mostly underutilized in universities and the best source for your score is office hours, either directly or electronically. This is really the only time you can get one-on-one support from your professor or tutor. Find out when teachers want to meet you and in what form traditional working hours, email, Skype, or even Twitter or Facebook.
12. Join a community. Many students, especially in the field of science, improve their grades with close classmates or study groups especially when their group is smarter than them. Try to meet at least once a week especially in courses with weekly situations or quizzes. Students can improve their grades by one level (or more) when they commit to working in an organized manner with other students.
13. Learn well for all 4 quarters. Most subjects focus on the final stage: More than half of the points are left for topics in the last month of the semester. Make sure you won’t be out of energy when the third exam, term and final exams take place. Need some advice? Balance yourself, maintain stressful activities and don’t forget to eat and sleep.
14. Implementation of “additional grade opportunities”. In some subjects, there are special endofterm activities that can help you improve your score. Take advantage of retests, increase class hours and creditraising jobs. Especially in schools where there are no plus and minus points, even a slight increase can push you higher (for example, from B + to A it is A).
15. Believe in Number 1.
An important part of getting a high score is a good attitude: trust really believe that you can do it (and then do it). Don’t let family prejudices “I’m not really a good student”, “I have problems with math and science”, “my sister is a better person” dampens your will. Your university accepts you because they think you can do well. Prove that they are right.
Additional tips. Make sure you get at least one A per period. Getting even an A will change your perspective on yourself and your perspective for future sessions. Do your best to achieve that. It will change everything forever!