Antonella Filipuzzi-Barcelona | November 20, 2014
Take a deep breathe, relax, we are going to tell you how to improve your grades. You probably just received your midterm grades and are a little shocked. You know that you could have done better if you just took that extra step. What steps may you ask? Well, we have a bunch for you. We hope that you use these tips to your advantage to help boost your grade before finals.
1. LOOK AT YOUR SYLLABUS
This is your lifeline for every course, it tells you what you have due when. There should be no surprises when it comes to tests, assignments, and projects. Looking at your syllabus prevents you from that panic attack of not even knowing there was a test the next day.
2. GET ORGANIZED
Get a planner, iCloud account, Google calendar, phone calendar, basically anything that can help you keep track of everything you have going on, whether it’s assignments, club meetings, or sports practices. You won’t know what you have when unless you write it down. Don’t forget to look at your calendar at least weekly to know what you have coming up.
3. HOW TO NOT PROCRASTINATE
This is probably the number one reason why students don’t excel to their full potential. First, think about what you are doing instead of your work. Are you on your phone? Watching TV? Hanging out with friends? Figure out why you are doing these things instead of your work. Do you not understand the material? Is it boring? Do you not like the class or the professor? Make specific goals so that getting your work done is not as awful as you think it is. Don’t let distractions get the best of you until you accomplish something that needs to be done. For example, don’t hang out with your friends until you write that five-page paper that is due in two days. Remember, keeping your location constant while completing work can help you finish your tasks most effectively. Be aware of your habits in that location and if they are too distracting, find a new location that will work better for you.
4. COMMUNICATE WITH YOUR PROFESSORS
Talking with your professors can be very beneficial because they know what you need to improve upon. They can tell you what material you need to focus on or how you can improve your papers. Remember, it is better to have specific questions when going to see your professor. Don’t just ask how you can improve, ask how you can improve in a specific area of the course. Also, going into see a professor really shows that you care about how you are doing in a course. Professors like to see that their students care and they will be more willing to work with you and help you.
5. ARE YOU NOT UNDERSTANDING THE MATERIAL?
There are always resources that can help you succeed in a course. Subject Tutors, Supplemental Instructors, Peer Academic Coaches, Facilitated Study Groups, Writing Center, and so much more are available. If you are struggling with the actual content in a course go to an SI session, Facilitated Study Group, or schedule a tutor through GradesFirst, which can be found under the Tools bar on the Portal. If you are struggling with managing the workload of a course or not sure how to study for a course, contacts Melissa Hediger Gallagher at email@example.com and she will schedule a meeting with her or one of the Peer Academic Coaches. Remember, don’t be afraid to reach out and get help when it is needed!