4 Tips for Getting Good Grades in College

The main reason people decide to go to college after high school is further their education and receive a good degree. Choosing to go to a university for four years is a big investment, and one that should be taken seriously.

Since you are paying a good sum of money for classes, and spending countless hours doing homework and studying for exams, it is important to do the best you can in your courses, so that your hard work pays off and your money doesn’t go to waste.

Adjusting from high school classes to college courses can be a slightly difficult at first, so we’ve compiled a list of tips that will help you get your academic record off to a good start during your first semester.

Go to class

Although this may seem like a no brainer, this is really the key to being successful in your classes!

Sure, if you are sick and need to take the day off, that is understandable, but don’t a habit of missing class.

Even if all the PowerPoint slides are online and it seems like all you do is watch videos, it is important to go to class. You may miss something important that the professor says about an upcoming exam or paper.

Some teachers have a rule about the number of days you can miss per semester, so it is important to keep track of that so your grade doesn’t go down simply because you didn’t show up for a 50 minute lecture.

Introduce yourself to the professor

No matter how big or small your class is, it is important to make sure your professor knows who you are. At the University of Illinois, each professor is required to have time set aside each week where students can come meet with them one on one with any concerns or questions they may have.

It is important to make a connection with the teacher as early in the semester as possible. You never know if there could be a time during the course of the class that you just need that one extra day to complete an assignment. A professor would be more likely to accommodate your request if you’ve made an effort to talk to them beforehand, so they know who you are.

It is also a good idea to get to know your professor because they could be helpful with letters of recommendations for jobs and internships down the line.

Find a friend in the class

Chances are you are not going to meet your best friend in your Intro to Statistics class, but it is still always good to have an acquaintance in each class to turn to if you have problems. They will be able to tell you what you missed if you are absent one day and it is always nice to have someone to turn to with questions if you are unable to get in touch with your professor.

Not only that, but when the exam comes around it is convenient to have someone to have those late night study sessions with, and to have someone proofread your paper before submitting it for a grade.

Stay on top of your work

Nothing is worse than falling behind with school work. When you have at least 15 credit hours (which is usually about five classes) to worry about, your grades will suffer if you start slacking in one or more of your courses.

Take notes at all your lectures and look over the material everyday so you are not left cramming for an exam the day before. It’s easy to push off assignments until the last minute, so it is a good idea to write down all your due dates on a calendar or planner.

Your number one priority when going to college, should be your succeeding in your classes. As long as you put in the effort, your hard work will pay off when you receive your diploma at the end of your four years!

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Shannon Kelly

Shannon Kelly

Shannon Kelly is a sophomore at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign studying journalism. She is involved with the student newspaper, new student programing, and greek life on campus. She has a passion for travel, loves animals, and is always up for an adventure. Shannon also enjoys movies, music and fashion.