Being an A+ student is hard, but it is not out of your reach! As long as you are willing to put in the work, I know you can do it! In this post, I am going to share five things that you can do right now to help you become an A+ college student!
1. Pay attention in class
One of the most basic but most helpful things that you can do in order to become an A+ college student is to pay attention in class. If this is something that you struggle with, I want to encourage you to put your phone on sleep mode and out of sight to help you avoid distractions. I would also suggest that you take neat, organized, and detailed notes. If you don’t understand something, feel free to ask the professor in class or visit during office hours!
2. Take advantage of easy grades
Another thing that A+ college students always do it take advantage of those easy grades in each class! Things like homework grades, lab assignments, and class discussions may all be worth a very small number of points. When you add them up, however, these points can often add up to an entire test grade, which can really help boost your final score! This is especially true because most professors don’t grade these assignments too harshly!
3. Always do extra credit assignments
A third thing that A+ students always to is take advantage of extra credit assignments. Just like with other small assignments, these few points can really help boost your total class score! Often, extra credit assignments are easy free points that can only help you! So, take advantage of each and every opportunity! You never know what will happen throughout the semester so having these few points can give your grade a little cushion!
4. Ask for help
Incase you didn’t know, most A+ students aren’t just magically good at everything they do. Instead, they are willing to ask others for help so that they can understand what on earth is going on in their classes. If you don’t quite understand a concept in class, please never hesitate to speak up and ask for further explanation. If you are shy and don’t want to do this in class, you can either ask another student who is doing well in the class or ask the professor during office hours.
No matter what, I don’t want you to feel ashamed or embarrassed for needing help. That is what your professor is there for! Plus, most professors are more than happy to help you understand something that you are struggling with. It really shows them that you care about your grade and are willing to put in the work in order to succeed!
5. Know what studying methods work for you
One last thing that A+ students do is take the time to discover what studying methods are most effective for them and their class. I encourage you to take the time to try out a few different studying methods to see which one works best for you. A+ students also understand that each class is different. Because of this, they use variations of their main studying method in each class so that they can do their best on exams.
Here is an example of what I do to help you get an idea of studying methods that you can try!
Technically, I have more than one main studying method although they are all quite similar. I usually just make little adjustments depending on the class difficulty, amount of material covered, and whether it’s a math based course or not. For easy classes, I create notecards and start studying three days in advance. For difficult classes with a lot of material, I create notecards and start studying five days to a week in advance. I then get together with a group of friends in the class to review through the notecards out loud.
For math based courses like physics and algebra, I memorize the review guide (if given) and class notes, work through the examples from class notes with friends in the class, and work through the homework with friends in the class. I then repeat this cycle until I feel like I understand everything and can do all of the work by myself without looking at the review guide! If there are a lot of formulas, I may also create a review sheet with formulas, terms, units, and other important information so that I don’t have to flip through notes for everything.
I hope that this post has given you a few key things that you can start doing today in order to become an A+ college student! If you work hard, I know you can reach your GPA goals!
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