High School and College are two completely different things. In High School, you may have been able to coast through classes, do minimal work, and not study – College is different. In College, you need to be able to multi-task, turn assignments in on time, and keep track of due dates, all while trying to have a social life.
There are certain things you can do to get, and maintain, good grades throughout the semester. If you use these tips, and follow them, you will be able to maintain good grades while also enjoying the social aspect of college.
- Go to class.
Major key alert. If you don’t go to class, not only will you miss out on notes and in-class lectures, but you may also miss pop quizzes and other important information. Some teachers take attendance as well, don’t miss out on free points!
- Get organized
Being organized will help you keep track of due dates and other important assignments. Get a planner to help you organize your life. Clean up your desk to give you a nice, organized space to study.
- Talk with your professors
You may think that your professors are out to get you, trust me, they aren’t. Most professors will go out of their way to help you succeed in their class. If you put forth the effort, and they can see that you are trying in their class, they will try to help you any way they can.
- Time management
Managing your time will help you manage your stress while also keeping your grades up. It is a lot less stressful turning in an assignment early versus trying to complete it right before the deadline.
- Learn how to take notes
Find out what works best for you. Some people need to write down everything the professor says, while others only need key points. This is totally a matter of personal preference.
- Find out your study style
This is similar to note taking. You need to figure out what study method works best for you. Some people just read over their notes, others make flashcards. The earlier you figure this out, the more time you will save when studying.
Some teachers incorporate participation into their final grades. If your teacher does this, it is super important that you participate. Even if your teacher doesn’t take a participation grade, participating will help you pay attention in class and better understand the material.
- Utilize your school’s resources
Any school you go to will have NUMEROUS resources available to assist you. The library is a great place to start. Do some research and see what your school has to offer to assist you. Some schools have career management resources (help you find jobs, mock interviews, etc…), free tutoring services, and professors with office hours.
- Don’t procrastinate
This ties back in with time management. Every time you procrastinate, something is bound to go wrong – printer issues, internet issues, computer issues. Procrastination is bound to happen sometimes, just try to limit the number of times it happens.
College is supposed to be fun. Don’t stress over grades too much. Your professors want you to succeed and will help you do that. Study hard, put in the time, and enjoy college!
*If you are struggling, it is important to ask for help early on in the semester. A professor can do a lot more to help you towards the beginning of the semester versus the end of the semester.