How to Get Good Grades in College

by Samuel on January 3, 2013

There is a myth that getting great grades in college is almost an impossibility. That is not true. What it takes is planning, preparations and a lot of hard work. Here are a few tips to get started –

  1. Choose what you enjoy – First thing is to select a course that you’re going to enjoy studying. It is one thing trying to become someone and a completely different thing to actually enjoy trying to do that. A lot of times students have taken courses that they have selected on an impulse, only to find out later in the semester that they are not enjoying it at all.
  2. Self inspire – colleges unlike schools are not going to inspire you to study and keep up. You will need to do that on your own and stay up-to-date for good grades. Good grades are imperative for a better career after college. There are no helpful school teachers or parents who are going to keep reminding you that you need to study. This means you don’t have the direct inspiration that you normally get at high schools to make you study.
  3. Plan – nothing is as important as planning your college days. Right from day 1 of the freshman year, it is important to have a plan in place as to how you’re going to study and keep up. If you have opted for a work-study option you will have to understand and some what master the art of time management. You will need time to attend classes, for the work you have opted and also time for self study; not to mention the time for your own self. For a lot of students, college is more fun than studying. This can be catastrophic if persisted for long and is bound to affect your overall grades. Their needs to be a balance between the two so that college becomes a memorable experience for your life than a wasted opportunity. Planning also does not mean how many classes you can afford to miss and still get good grades. Attending classes is important as you have done a considerable amount of hard work just to be here for that sole purpose.
  4. Taking notes – this is critical to ensure you can get down the explanations and anything specific that the professor shares in class. There are no hard and fast styles of note taking that you need to adhere to. Do it the way you’re comfortable.

Getting good grades should be the goal of every student in college especially the ones that receive Pell grants from www.fafsa.ed.gov.

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