How To Get Good Grades In College

The first day of classes is usually a stressful time for college freshman in the fall. Once you figure out how to get to the classroom from your dorm room, you suddenly realize how different this semester is going to be compared to your last few months of high school.

The professors will outline what they expect on the first day, but after that, it will be completely up to you to follow through on the work required for the course. While all of your college courses will vary in workload and difficulty, there are several ways for you to achieve good grades. Below I’ll outline how to get good grades in college:

  • Go to Class

This may seem obvious, but the best way for you to get good grades in college course is to actually attend each class. This guarantees that you gain an understanding of all the material the professor covers in class and allows you to ask questions if you need something clarified.

By going to class, you also make an impression on the professor. This will benefit you later if you need to go in and get extra help on a topic. Professors are much more willing to help students who actually come to their classes than the ones who don’t.

  • Seek Out the Professor

The professors are there to help you learn, so take advantage of that. If you are having trouble understanding something, approach your professor and make arrangements to meet them during their office hours.

They want to help you do the best you can in their course, so don’t feel nervous about asking them to help you with the material. As I said before, if you’ve been to class every day, the professor will acknowledge that you are putting in an effort and will most definitely want to help you.

Also, by going to their office for help, this additionally proves to the professor your dedication as a student and to the course. When relating this to my college experience, I know that I’ve always done better on assignments after I’ve discussed them with my professor beforehand.

  • Use the Learning Centers and Tutors

I feel like these learning tools are often under-appreciated by college students. Every time I’ve been to the learning teaching center (LTC) at my college, I’ve received so much help from the students and staff that work there.

If you’re too nervous to approach your professors, this is the learning tool that you should take advantage of in order to get good grades. Fellow students will be able to give you great advice in a casual manner.

It’s unfortunate that so many students sign up to be a tutors and rarely anyone comes in for their help! Take advantage of these intelligent students who want to help you succeed.

  • Put In the Time

There’s no way to magically get an A in a college course. You have to put in the effort to get a good grade in a college course, and trust me; you have to put in a LOT of effort.

Study the material you learn in class for at least 10 minutes a night. I know as a college student that’s going to be the last thing you want to do after a long day, but just a little bit of review each night will add up at the end of the semester. (The professors are right about that!)

When you have a major project or paper due, DON’T WAIT UNTIL THE NIGHT BEFORE. If you want to produce an assignment of excellent quality, you’re going to have to start it a few days before the due date.

  • My Main Piece of Advice:

In order to get good grades in college, you’re going to have to take the initiative; you’ll have to seek help when you need it and put in the time to get your work done. If you pursue an active role as a student inside and outside of the classroom, you’ll have a better chance of acing your college courses.

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Stephanie Vlk

Stephanie Vlk

Stephanie Vlk is a junior at the University of Dayton pursuing a degree in communication with a concentration in electronic media as well as a minor in English. While not in class, Stephanie is involved in a service fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega, and a honors professional fraternity, Phi Beta Chi. Outside of academic and community activities, she enjoys dancing hip hop, reading, spending time with friends, and doing yoga.