Scoring good grades is hard enough. Maintaining them throughout your education is a whole different beast. Here’s where to start:
1. Set goals. Students who earn high marks don’t do so by mistake. They work hard. To motivate yourself, set the bar early. When each semester starts, mentally prepare yourself for the workload by reading the syllabus or even talking to student who previously took the course. Know what GPA you’re happy with. And plan a study route that takes you there.
2. Plan wisely. In college you’re afforded independence, meaning you get to plan your own major, minor, and course schedule. There are a lot of options on the table, so to avoid getting carried away, take the time to write out a tentative plan for your college career. It may seem crazy at first, but it’ll be worth it when you’re clear on what academic requirements you need to satisfy, and when.
3. Go to class. This one should be a no-brainer: you can’t do well if you don’t show up. Besides, you’re at school to learn, so make it count.
4. Go to office hours. Nearly all professors offer at least some office hours, which is time you can meet with your teacher for help. With the opportunity to get some one-on-one instruction, don’t pass on this opportunity. Plus showing interest in class, as well as engaging with the material, can help to boost your participation grade.
5. Study. While you need to hit the books in order to do well, don’t overdo it. If you keep your nose down for too long then you’ll stop absorbing material, and you’ll likely go a little stir crazy. Remember: everything in moderation. That means study throughout the semester instead of cramming in everything at the end.