Get Into A Good College

One of the key attributes that admissions’ officers will be evaluating when they receive your application is how well you performed in your classes, also known as your GPA.  A lot of students are smart, but lack the necessary study techniques to succeed in the classroom.  They may get easily bogged down with homework assignments, quizzes, research papers, and exams, which can cause them not to receive a good grade on any of them.

In order to get into a good college, you have to prove to the admissions committee that you can handle college-level courses and are worthy of acceptance.  If you are intelligent, but your grades just don’t reflect that, you might have a hard time proving this point.

Time management skills and good study habits are not only relevant to high school students, but they are important on the college level as well.  As an incoming college freshman, getting adjusted to living on your own and managing your college-level course work can become overwhelming if you aren’t organized.

In this article, I’ll tell you how to attain the grades needed to get into college by maximizing your potential in the classroom:

Tip #1:  Get Organized.  In order to do well in your classes, you must get rid of all of the clutter!  This includes cleaning out your locker and your study space at home.  It’s impossible to stay on track in your classes if you have no idea where anything is.  If you have to spend time looking for the textbook in order to complete the assignment, then you’re wasting time.

In your efforts to get organized, it might be a good idea to get one folder and one notebook for each class.  Try getting a different colored folder and notebook for each class, so that you can quickly associate all your folders and notebooks to a specific class.

You should also throw away last year’s old assignments and handouts.  These additional papers will just distract you from keeping focused on your current class load.  Only keep those papers that you think you’ll need for future classes.  Once you have everything organized, not only will it look better, but you’ll feel better as well.

Tip #2: Write It Down. Go to your local store’s school supplies’ section and purchase a planner or an assignment notebook.  You can’t perform well in your classes if you’re not keeping track of when assignments are due.  Planners are a great way not to forget assignments.  Take this with you to each class and write down homework assignments and their respective due dates as the teacher assigns them.

Planners are also good place to effectively create study plans.  For example, if you have a midterm next month, in addition to just writing down the date of the midterm, you can also write down which dates you plan to study and for how long.  the more specific you can be in your planner, the more likely it is that you’ll stick to it.

Tip #3: Ask Questions. “No question is a dumb question!”  Ever heard this phrase before?  Well it’s actually true.  Don’t be afraid to ask your teachers’ questions, after all…that’s what they are there for.  If you don’t feel comfortable raising your hand during class, don’t be afraid to walk up to your teacher after class.  He or she may not have time to fully answer your question at that moment, but they’ll likely schedule a time for the both of you to meet.  Keep in mind that your teachers are trained in education and are passionate about helping their students succeed.

Tip #4:  Manage Your Time Wisely. I understand that high school students can be very busy and that it can be challenging to juggle part-time jobs, homework, extracurricular activities, and volunteer work.  However, you have to find a way to get it all done in order to get into a good college; you must manage your time wisely.  Here are some ways in which you can do that.

  • 1.  Add a study hall into your schedule if possible. Study halls are great ways to get started on homework during school hours.  BUT, make sure you’re using your study hall sessions to actually study.  No surfing the web or playing on Facebook.
  • 2.  Get a jump start on homework before basketball or cheerleading practice. Instead of using that hour or so to socialize with friends, go to the library and get started on one of your homework assignments.
  • 3.  Study in groups. If you study alone, it can sometimes get easy to be distracted.  If you study with a group of friends, it helps to keep you motivated and focused, which allows you to get more accomplished in a shorter period of time.

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Lauren Anderson is a certified school counselor who's passionate about helping students all over the world successfully transition from high school to college! After spending 6 years as a business professional, she obtained her Master’s degree in School Counseling and now spends her spare time helping students.

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