Raising your GPA is a good idea for getting into grad school. If you received a D or lower, retake that class - check with your school to make sure you will receive credit for retaking it. Raising a low grade to a high one can significantly increase your GPA.
Get a tutor, or join a study group.
Ask the professor or TA about anything you do not understand. They want to see you succeed. Ask them if you can do anything for EXTRA CREDIT to increase your course grade.
Also make sure you attend the class - sometimes test information is only given during class time. Do all assignments too.
Take it from me this is easier said than done. Being a visual learner, it is very difficult to listen to lectures and retain this information. Upon using a recorder to record the entire class(es) and listen back has helped. As well, Index cards, I would read the question into the recorder and hit stop and answer the question, hit the play to see if I was correct. You have to find what works for you. One way does not work for everyone. Learn what is the best way for you to remember and retain the information. Hope this helps
Study. Then study more. Dont skip classes. Pay attention, take good notes, study. Skip the oarties, esp before tests. Make sure you are orepared for tests by studying and getting enough sleep and eating well. Dont get drunk the night before a test.
take advance reading , avoid entertaining yourself instead educate yourself because in the end you will benefit from it. Education is our means for a better opportunity, just focus and know what you really want in life. In fact, you know what should be the result if your not give effort to your education. Remember, you cant turn back the time, we are responsible in every chances passed by. So be wise and stay focus
READ your textbook and take notes as you read using either a notebook OR you can take notes on post-its and stick them on each page. If you can READ you can learn anything. DON'T skip the pictures and diagrams when reading....often they explain a concept better than the words. Use acronyms and other memory tools. Make FLASH cards. COLOR CODE important information (don't go "hog wild" with this). PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE.
If you are a beginner or at the early stage of your schooling, simply work hard but if at the twilight, there would really not be much difference that would make. Work hard anyway, in order to inculcate the habit in case you were not working hard enough before. However, what grades you make in life and career is more important than your grades in school. Start today, nay, start immediately to make better grades in your overall life. In addition, learn to run your own race, beat your limits and expect no accolades.
My background is law, & I ACED the Bar on the first try. See, I was a lousy "C" student. There is a secret strategy,and it;'s fast and cheap. It''s called SpeedReading. This is not an ad for a company, Google under SPEEDLEARNING and find the #1 who will give you a skill you don't have. Read-and-remember double what you do now, and it's permanent.
if remembering terms or formulas is a problem, get paper and write whatever you are trying to memorize down hundreds of times. it's a time consuming, boring nuisance, but upon doing that, you'll never forget. it works.
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how is your time management? you've 24 hours like anyone else. you don't have to become a hermit. simply know how much time you need to study and focus on that. study sessions: 45 minutes ON. 15 minutes OFF. repeat as necessary.
exercise once daily. your body needs movement and your brain needs oxygen. an hour's worth per day will do it.
multitasking is overrated. does not work for most people.
turn off phone & electronics while studying/doing homework. if being online is part of study process, turn skype & instant messaging to show you as off line or switch 'do not disturb'. of course, stay out of facebook.
finally, dial down the party scene. cut out the booze, bud & whatever else. don't mean to be insulting. but it's a factor with a LOT of people.