Do you have a class that you just don’t quite understand? Even though you try to pay attention in class, you still have no clue what’s going on and it makes you want to pull your hair out! For me, this is Organic Chemistry. I try and I try to pay attention in class, but it just doesn’t work. No matter how much I pay attention, I can’t quite grasp the concepts. My mind just doesn’t understand things I can’t see happening like these molecular changes.
So, how do I still have a B in that class? Well, all I can say is, hard work, homework grades, half credit, Khan Academy, and a friend who by some miracle semi-understands what’s going on. Seriously guys, I’m making a B in this class simply because of these things. I understand some concepts, but not fully. Sometimes I don’t recognize the words on the page, but hey, I still have a B! So, if you are taking a really tough class this semester, then I promise you it is passable! You’re just going to have to work a little harder for it.
So, today, I’m going to show you how you can pass a tough class even if you don’t fully understand it. Because I know sometimes even if we try, some things just don’t come easily to us. I mean, I have experienced it with all of my Chemistry classes. Now before we get started, I want you to know that this is NOT me telling you to not try to understand important class concepts. Instead, this is me showing you that you can make a decent grade even if after trying and trying, you can’t quite grasp the concepts.
1. Hard work
Guys, passing a tough class is going to require hard work. There’s no avoiding it. You’re going to need to go to class, pay attention, do the work, etc. In order to make a decent grade, you can’t just not do these things. When you study, you’re going to need to be really focused. You may have to actually read the textbook. You may also have to go to a tutor. Doing each of these things will at least keep you from failing the class entirely.
2. Homework grades
You have to do the homework. I know the points you get for it usually isn’t much, but it helps. Seriously, when the teacher applied my homework points to my Organic Chemistry grade it boosted it by three to five points. Y’all, those few points could bump you a letter grade! Doing the homework will also help you better understand the material. I mean, in order to do it correctly, you kind of have to understand it at least a little, am I right? If you are having a tough time doing the homework, ask the teacher, an upper-classmen, tutor, or friend who is making a good grade in the class for help! As my mom would say, never be afraid to ask for help!
3. Half Credit
Y’all, half credit is my best friend (kind of tragic isn’t it?). Although I realize that this may not apply to all of your tough classes, if the teacher gives half credit for at least attempting to work a problem out on the test then you need to take complete advantage of that. In my Organic class, if we write the formula or at least show the professor that we attempted it or semi-understood it, then she usually gives half credit. Honestly, on some problems if I don’t know what I’m supposed to do, I define a word in the question or write some numbers down that might possibly lead to the answer. Maybe not the best idea, but you have to at least try in these tough classes.
4. Khan Academy
This is another thing that may only apply to some of your tough classes, but if it does, it will be a lifesaver. If you’ve never heard of Khan Academy, it is a free website created to help teach students class concepts through video. This website has videos covering math, science, art and humanities, economics and finance, computing, and a few more. Honestly, Khan Academy has taught me pretty much everything I know about Organic Chemistry. This website is the main reason I have not made lower than a B on any of my chemistry classes.
5. A friend who understands the subject
Guys, my roommate Chelsea is the best. She is super smart and somehow semi-understands the things we are learning in Organic Chemistry. Because of this, we study together for every test. On an average day, our studying basically consists of me asking her a ton of questions that she either knows the answer to or is stubborn enough to search the textbook or google until she finds it. Then explaining it to me in simple terms that I hopefully understand and remember for the test. If you have a friend in class like this, then ask them for help. Seriously, it will probably improve both of your grades. If you don’t have a friend like this in the class, it’s time to make one!
I think all of these points are really important, and I want to help you out in the best way that I can! So, if you’ve got a tough class, feel free to let me know what it is in the comments below! I might be able to give you more tips that are specific to your class! If you want more studying tips, you can check out my post “College Studying Tips” or (even better) sing up for my seven-day guide to improving your studying e-course below! I hope this has been helpful! Good luck!
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