7 Ways To Get A High Grade Point Average (G.P.A)
Whether you are at a community college, private university, public university or an online school working on a vocational degree, it’s important to maintain a high GPA for a lot of different reasons. For some occupations, grades really do matter, for others, they want to see a balance of academic excellence and involvements out side of the classroom. For this article, I will be touching on 7 strategies on getting, and even more importantly, keeping a high GPA to open opportunities to graduate programs, scholarships, and recognition.
Go To Class
Half the battle is showing up. That is definitely the case with succeeding in college. That sounds like an easy step, however it is one that many people struggle with. College is not like high school and we really are responsible for our own learning. Teaches don’t really care if you show up to class and you certainly won’t get into trouble for missing one. However, if you want to maintain a decide grade point average then you should attend them all. It is easy to think that missing one class won’t hurt but this just the start and before you know it you will start missing vital information.
The likely hood is that you will have both a busy study, work and social calendar. Buy your self an organizer or planner and keep a note of all the important dates and events that you have for the semester. Write down any assignments, projects, and dates with anything else that you may need to remember. By doing this at the beginning of the semester, you will have a greater chance of staying organized and on top of your studies and grades.
Study, Study & Study
Studying for small amounts of time is much more effective than leaving everything to the last minute and trying to cram everything in. Trust me, I’ve had my fair share of all-nighters cramming for a test or starting a paper the night before it was due. That’s the absolute wrong way to study and get good grades. I studied to get B’s, at the time I didn’t have an interest in getting A’s in all my classes. For those of you that want to get that 4.0 gpa or close to it, you have to put in the time and do the work. For example if you study for an exam the night before you simply won’t retain all of the information come midterm or final time. Try and fit in a small amount of studying each day.
Don’t Miss Deadlines
As you get organized and stay on top of our studying every day you should have no problem with handing in assignments on time. You will lose points if you hand in your wok late. Once you start getting behind it’s a lot harder to catch up. Leaving assignments to the last minute is also a bad idea because you end up rushing them and they won’t be up to the high standard needed to maintain a high grade point average. I can always tell when students hand in their assignments to me having just finished them. I call those assignments the “fresh off the press” papers. These papers tend to have grammar, punctuation and other mistakes that having proofread the paper would have been caught.
Ask For Help
Don’t be afraid to ask for help. If you’re in class and there is something that you are not sure of, ask about it! For one, college professors really like students that take an active role in class and in their education. This also means that hours later you wont sit down to do your work and be stuck as you don’t know the answer to something that you should have asked in class.
This doesn’t mean party every single night but it does mean taking some time out for yourself. None of us are robots and we simply can not be expected to study all the time. You need to make sure that you rest and take time out to do things you enjoy. You will find your self much more motivated to study and do well if you are happy and content. Reward yourself by taking little breaks after you hit a certain point in your homework. Just be smart with these rewards, don’t give yourself a break after reading one page. Make these benchmarks for breaks or rewards challenging, yet attainable.
Study In Quiet Areas
One of the hardest things students realize is that they can’t study with the same friends they go out with or they play baseball with, it just doesn’t work. When you study, it’s much more effective if you study somewhere that you can really concentrate. It is tempting to study with friends however this can easily become a distraction. Taking an hour out to study somewhere on your own where it is quiet will give you a much better chance of success. Just make sure that quiet place to study isn’t your bed because you’ll fall asleep within 10 min!
College Help: “Find what works for you and stick to it. If something isn’t working change it, or you will keep getting the same results!”