These tips on how to get better grades will help college students improve their study skills. They range from letting yourself write a bad essay to breaking assignments into easy chunks.
The more prepared you are for your exams and essays and projects, my friends, the luckier you’ll be — and the higher your grades will be, too! If you want to get serious about earning A’s, read Becoming A Master Student.
The higher the grades, the happier the college student, right? But remember that “Chance favors only the prepared mind.” ~ Louis Pasteur.
If you have to work while you’re trying to get better grades, read 10 Highest Paying Jobs for College Students. If you can get a job that pays well, you can work less hours. And if you can work less hours, then you’ll have more time for studying! It’s a win-win equation for college students who want to get good grades.
And, here are five tips to help college students achieve their college and academic goals…
5 Tips for Getting Better Grades for College Students
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Put a time limit on the hardest tasks
If you don’t like a certain subject in school or can’t force yourself to work through math formulas, promise yourself you’ll only study for 30 minutes or an hour. Set aside just that amount of time, and reward yourself afterwards with something you love (with either a school subject you enjoy, or a healthy activity — not chocolate bon bons in front of the TV!). If you struggle with procrastination, read 5 Ways to End Procrastination for College Students.
Write a poor essay or draw a confusing chemistry diagram
Go ahead: create a boring power point presentation, draw a mispresentative representational chart, or write a stupid poem. If you want to get better grades in college, you have to let go of your perfectionist tendencies. Lower your standards at the beginning of your study session, when you’re struggling to get the job done. Then once you get the dreck out of your system and the basics down, you can fine-tune your diagram or chart and edit your essay.
Savor your past academic accomplishments
Remember those academic goals you achieved — that exam you aced, the speech you got an “A” on, or project that everyone loved?
To improve your study skills, stop and savor those victorious feelings! Picture yourself feeling those same feelings same when you’re done studying for this exam or writing this essay. Simply enjoying your amazing academic accomplishments can motivate you to study harder and longer in your current college courses.
Work with your natural rhythms
To get better grades in college, do the “hardest” work when you’re least tired. This can mean studying before lunch if you’re a morning person, or studying mid-afternoon if you’re a night owl. Studying or doing homework when you’re tired is much more difficult than when you’re fresh – especially if it’s for a class or subject you dread.
Break the big assignments down
If you have to write a 10 page essay, break it down into small sections. If you have a huge final exam to study for, break the material down into several mini-tests. Separating huge tasks into several smaller ones is a great way to improve your study skills -– and it’ll boost your confidence, too!
If you’re a freshman, you might find Tips for Surviving College for New Students helpful.
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