College is the doorway to your future and good grades are the keys to opening it. Your grades are a gauge of how well you are doing, where you need to improve and what you’re doing right. There is very little information available for students on how to get the best grades possible. So we’ve compiled some key pointers that can help you reach your fullest potential and have a successful college career by getting good grades in college.
Planning Starts Before You Are There!
The most important thing you can do prior to starting college is making a rough 4 year plan. You need to deice what it is you want to accomplish and how you will do that. Often times, once you get to college, it is easy to get lost or distorted. Make sure you have your plan figured out prior and you are ready to do what it takes. If you find something stopping you in your college, go to a community college to take classes. Make sure you never fall behind so you are able to graduate in time and find a job.
Unlike high school, there will be no teacher or parent reminding you when your assignments are due or when the tests will be. You have to accept responsibility for this tight now. Your ability to do this, organize your time effectively and stay on track will be the single most important thing you can do.
Just as choosing the right college is important, so is choosing the right courses. Choose classes that you feel you are capable of, that fit your educational objectives and that are the right level for you. Don’t select some generic “freshman program.” Choose each class as carefully and plan your college experience.
Don’t Overbook Yourself
Taking a lot of classes may seem like a good idea. That way you can finish as soon as possible. If you overwhelm yourself, you will do poorly in most of them. Stick to one major and take only four to five courses per semester. Once you have established yourself, you can choose to take more next time out, if you want.
Organize, Organize, Organize
Use a planner – either paper or electronic. Fill in your class and lab times, Schedule assignments, projects, quizzes and exams. Allot time for studying and working on papers. Make note of professor’s office hours. If you are diligent, it can help keep you on track.
Go to Class
There is a tendency, especially among freshman to think it’s okay to miss a class…or two…or three. First of all, those absences stack up and should you run into a legitimate problem, like an illness, you can find yourself cut from the class because of excessive absence. Additionally, you will be falling farther behind each time you do it and will have to work that much harder to catch up. Plus it just sets the wrong tone for your college and professional career.
Take Great Notes
Classes that rely heavily on the professor’s lectures can be particularly challenging. You need to get down as much information as you can. Don’t worry about spelling, neatness, etc. Just capture what he/she is saying and fix it up later.
Even despite the stigma and sometimes bad reputation that community colleges receive, they are a great option for someone looking to determine their schedule later or even save some money. There are lots of benefits of staying local and community colleges are definitely one of them. College is a fun and stressful time so do make sure that you are taking full use of all responsibilities that are available to you!