Getting your grades up can be difficult – especially when the semester is coming to a quick and sudden end. Midterms week and Finals week are proven to be two times in which students find themselves on high alert. But with these 10 tips, you can get your grade up in no time – so that you aren’t discouraged – even by the toughest of classes.
1. Hire A Tutor On Campus.
One of the most effective things you can do – when you notice that your grade is slipping – is hire a tutor. In doing so, they can better assist you in whatever area you are having trouble in. Fortunately, this one-on-one experience enables you to understand the material a whole lot different than you would in the classroom – while allowing you to go at your own pace. Not only that, but many campuses offer free tutoring – that you can sign up for with ease – based on the subject you need help in.
2. Read Textbook Material.
Although textbooks may be long – and something that puts some to sleep – they can also be resourceful. In turn, if you are confused about a certain topic – then be sure and use your book as a reference. You may find that whatever questions you have are easily answered within the text – which can help you in the long run. Not only that, but all of the terms are right there in front of you, making it a whole lot easier to make an outline of all the material straight from the textbook.
3. Make Use Of Your Professor’s Office Hours.
Your professors have office hours for a reason so use them. You’ll find that you need them a whole lot more than you think. After all, they want you to take advantage of them – especially if you’re struggling in their class. Fortunately, most teachers want to see you do good – and are willing to work with you outside of class if that means getting you where you need to be. In turn, take out an hour – or even just a short time frame of 30 minutes – and you’ll begin to see improvement.
4. Invest More Time In Difficult Classes.
If you’re doing well in the rest of your classes, then don’t be afraid to take a little extra time out for the one you’re struggling in. Just be sure that you’re still keeping up with the course work – or workload – of the other classes. However, you’ll find that even an hour extra will make all the difference in improving your grade for the better.
5. Don’t Skip Out On Assignments.
When we begin to fall short, we oftentimes begin to give up as a whole. It is at this point that a number of students will either drop the class or skip assignments all together – including bigger ones that are worth a lot of points. Consequently, tests and projects are a part of this – but even though your grade isn’t at your best, don’t let that serve as a means of surrender.
6. Don’t Panic, Just Breathe.
One of the worst things you can do for yourself is to begin panicking. In doing so, you’ll find that your brain will shut down completely, and you’ll be drawn a blank when it comes to the task at hand. In turn, stress will do nothing to benefit you in the long run – so it’s better to just tackle it at its source. Fortunately, there are a plethora of resources on universities across the country that can help counsel you through the situation(s) that you are enduring – especially if you feel overwhelmed by school as a whole.
7. Create A Class Group Chat.
For those who have difficulties getting out of their comfort zone, this one may not be the easiest to initiate. But in doing so, you’ll find that it’s beneficial for not only you but others as well. Then you can share notes as a group, and see what else your fellow peers are having trouble with. Fortunately, they may be able to answer some of your questions, while you may be able to answer some of theirs.
8. Create Note Cards For The Course.
For those who can’t get their grades up because of test anxiety, then notecards may serve as the best thing for you. With these, you can easily organize your material and have room to lay everything out. This can help you feel a lot less overwhelmed as you look at your content; then when it comes time to take the test you can do so with ease. Not only that, but they are small in size, making them a whole lot easier for you to take to class to copy down new material as needed.
9. Actively Participate In Class.
When our professors ask if anyone in the class has questions, a good majority of us feel obligated to keep quiet. However, if you are having trouble in that class then this serves as the perfect time to speak up. If you don’t then you’ll find that you aren’t burdening anyone else but yourself by losing out on important information that you might need later on down the road. In turn, actively participate in class no matter how silly you think you sound.
10. Monitor Your Grade In Moderation.
Don’t monitor your grade too much, but just enough. In doing so, you’ll prevent yourself from obsessing over what your grade looks like now, and/or even what it could be. This can hold grave consequences – if done frequently – by wearing on your confidence, joy, and mental health as a whole. Fortunately, checking your grades every so often serves as a tracking method, so that you can better determine what areas you need to work on.
With these 10 best tips for getting your grade up, you’ll be back on track in no time. Be share to share – and let us know what tactics you use – in the comments below!
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Whitney is a senior at Missouri State University - majoring in English/Creative Writing and minoring in Journalism. In her free time she enjoys freelance writing - and creating content for her blog. She writes to encourage/uplift others - and hopes to one day have her own magazine column.