A College Student’s Guide To Good Grades

Hello amazing readers!

My name is Katie, and I’m a lifestyle blogger at klementinekatie.com. I will be occasionally posting on this awesome blog to share with you some of the best life tips I have! With the school year approaching I will be talking about the best ways to get good grades. College is such a busy time in your life with so many changes to adjust to, so sometimes keeping up with your grades can be a challenge. I hope these tips give you some good ideas and help you succeed!

Set goals for yourself

This is the first thing I do at the beginning of every term. I set school and personal goals for myself that I want to achieve throughout the term. Once you know what you want to accomplish hang the list somewhere that you can see it everyday so that you are always reminded of what you need to focus your time and energy on.

Write due dates at beginning of term

Take time to read through your syllabus for each class, find important due dates, and write them all down. By having all big dates written in your planner at the beginning of the term you will be able to see when assignments and tests are coming up and you will be able to plan ahead for them.

Use a planner

Utilizing a planner is one of the most important things you can do in order to stay on top of your school work and personal life.

Write to do lists

To do lists help keep you on track and help make sure you are getting everything done that you need to. I make one everyday, and since I started doing this I notice I am way more productive throughout the day!

Make a friend in the class and get their number or email

This is very helpful if you don’t know anyone in the class you are in. Strike up conversation with the people around you and get their contact information because you never know when you may get sick or something else pops up and you’ll miss a day of notes. It’s so helpful to have someone to reach out to that can help catch you up.

Collect your professor’s email, office hours, and office location

This information can always be found on your professors syllabus, but I have found it to be super helpful to have a list of all your classes along with the professors name, email, office hours, and office location so that if you have a question or need to get help with something fast all the information you need is in one place.

Visit office hours

Creating a relationship with your professors is very important if you want to get good grades. Professors love to know who you are and see that you are putting effort in to the class. Creating a relationship with professors also opens the door for you to have someone that would write you a letter of recommendation!

Read the syllabus

In college, this is the number one most important thing you can do at the beginning of a term. Many teachers won’t even respond to an email if you ask them a question that can be found on the syllabus. All professors have slightly different grading, policies, and requests and you can usually find all the information you will need in order to be successful in the class. I like to save each syllabus on my computer desktop so they are easily accessible when I am doing homework online.

Get your homework done early

If I struggle with one tip the most, this is it. This is one of the hardest tips to follow but it is one of the most beneficial. Getting your homework done early will save you tons of stress, late nights, and missing out on fun events. When you get your homework done early you will have so much more time to do fun things without having to stress about assignments.

Read over notes after class

If you read over your notes after you take them it will help the material stick in your head since you are rehearsing it. If you can’t read over them right after class try to spend at least one hour a day re-reading your notes from your classes.

Write your notes instead of typing

This was a hard tip for me to convert to since I am a perfectionist and love how neat and organized my notes looked when they were typed, but it is psychologically proven that you will remember things better if you write them down. You use a different part of your brain when you are listening and writing versus when you are listening and typing, and typing doesn’t process as well into your long term memory.

Always do your readings

Read, read, read. Many professors love to throw questions on their tests that come from the assigned readings and without doing the readings you will have no idea what it is talking about. I’ve learned this one the hard way. It’s easiest if you stay caught up with your readings because once you fall behind it’s almost impossible to catch back up.

Study

This one is obvious. You have to study the class material to be able to test well on it. Cramming does’t work because your brain physically can’t remember that much information at one time. It is best if you start studying for a test days before and do it little by little.

By following these tips you should be on your way to all A’s!
Please share in the comments any tips you have that help you get good grades!

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20 thoughts on “A College Student’s Guide To Good Grades

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  2. These are great tips, not only for school, but for work/career, or tackling any project. Your tip about writing your notes instead of typing rings true for me… when I was in school we were allowed 1 “cheat card” during a test – I wrote everything down in tiny print. Since I had to repeat the info on the card, it stuck much better, and I didn’t even use the card as much during the actual test!

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    • Thank you so much! And yes, I’ve definitely had the same experience with writing notecards for my test. Usually I don’t even end up using the notecard because I remember it all. Same for me with using a planner. If I write in my planner versus using the calendar on my phone I always remember much better!

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