Getting A’s on college isn’t terribly hard to do – especially if you go to Harvard. A large part of life is believing in your potential and achieving good grades is no different. If you believe in your weakness in a particular subject it’s more likely that you’ll excuse lower grades as something you cannot control. A bit of confidence goes a long way. You made it into college for a reason do yourself a favor and believe in you cause no amount of tips and tactics will work if you don’t.
Be Your Own Adult
In college, you are your own adult. You have more freedom than ever before which means you have more responsibility. Nobody is going to wake you up to ensure you make it to class on time or hold you accountable to completing your work; it’s all up to you. You’re in charge of creating a schedule that you can be successful in to get the best grades possible.
To get A’s in college you cannot miss assignments because there are usually very few of them. Every assignment needs to be done on time or you risk losing a full letter grade for simply being late. If there are bonus points, take advantage of them. They could make the difference between a full letter grade.
Plan Your Courses
It’s important to have a clear understanding of your strengths and weaknesses before taking certain combinations of classes. If you’re terrible at math but need two types of calculus it as pre-requisite courses don’t take them both at the same time- you’ll make yourself miserable.Cut your suffering short by taking harder classes during the summer where the sessions are shorter. Even though each class borders on 3 hours in length daily there is only so much a teacher can effectively teach in that amount of time. Chances are the class is going to be held up by somebody who doesn’t understand or the professor might just get tired of looking at you and send everyone home. Overall less material generally gets covered in a summer session for one reason or another: that is your advantage. There aren’t too many concepts to test on because there isn’t enough time to teach effectively. Grasp one or two concepts and you’ll know enough to pass the final and make better grades than you’re supposed to in classes you’re not so great in.
Use Your Human Resources (No, I’m Not Talking About Cheating)
On the first day of class, I made sure I wasn’t the first person the show-up, instead I came in a minute or two before class would start. This was to make sure most of the people in the class would already be there so I could choose who I would sit next to. In subjects, I was strong in I sat next to the most interesting looking person because I didn’t need to work as hard to grasp the material, and it gave me an excuse to offer to study with them if they didn’t get it. In subjects, I was weaker in I pick out my seat next to someone who already bought their book. Most experienced students don’t buy books until the professor says in class that the book is required because they want to save money. Only someone serious about their education shows up with all books and materials on-hand on the first day of class. Usually if asked they’re more than happy to lend the book when they aren’t using it or meet up for study sessions because they understand the best method of learning is through teaching.
Your professor is probably the most underutilized resource on your campus. You should make it a point to stop by their office to get a feel for how the person who grades your papers thinks. This can prove valuable when it comes to taking tests because you’ll have a better understanding of how the professor wants the questions to be answered and will help you secure a higher grade.
It isn’t enough just to show up to class (even though in many cases a small percentage of your grade is calculated by how much you attend class) it’s also important to be involved in class and participate in the discussion. A little effort goes a long way in the eyes of a teacher.
Most classes don’t take place every day, missing a single class would result in missing a large amount of information. Also, most of the core concepts are taught early in the semester with the majority of the grades being given in the back half of the course: there really isn’t a good time to skip class without it affecting you in some way. It’s especially important to take care of your health, getting enough food and sleep to keep your brain functioning at its best.
Carve Out Time to Study
Even though studies have proven lecture is one of the worst was to learn information many courses default to teaching in this manner because they don’t know any other way. Studying begins in the classroom in the form of note-taking. Anything the teacher repeats is worth writing down because there’s a good chance it’ll be on the upcoming test.
Your teachers do not care about prior commitments, assignments due in other courses, or any test that isn’t theirs. It’s up to you to manage your schedule to achieve the best results.