Tips for Better University Grades
Getting accepted into the university that is at the top of your list certainly deserves congratulations, as not every applicant achieves this feat. Some have to settle with their second or even third choices. This, however, is only the first step in your life at the university. There are classes and lectures to attend, papers and reports to write, projects and assignments to submit, university programs and activities to attend, and, amid all these, grades to maintain.
To maintain good grades, you need to develop good study habits that will help you remember your professors’ lectures, retain the ideas and concepts you read about, and memorize formulas and scientific principles.
One of the most basic things you can do is to take notes. In a world where people are bombarded with information from all sides, it is not surprising that you should forget the lecture you heard or a book you read a couple of weeks ago. With notes, you can have something to refresh your memory with. You do not have to transcribe the lecture. Writing down key words and concepts should suffice.
If allowed, use a laptop in class. Typing is usually faster than writing by hand so you will be able to take more notes. If you have Wi-Fi, you can even supplement the lecture with research during breaks or lulls. And if the topic is still beyond your grasp, you can email your professor right there for an appointment to discuss the subject.
While many students cram all night on the eve of an exam, studying early appears to be a better approach. This is because cramming stresses the brain and causes it to go into panic mode with disastrous results for your exams. Try to devote an hour or two to review the notes you took in class each day. Be creative about finding the time to do this. You can read while riding the bus home, eating your lunch, or even while exercising on the treadmill.
Find a buddy who is serious about maintaining good grades. You two can help each other by discussing lessons, swapping lecture notes, or checking each other’s papers before submission.
University students are typically handed the course syllabus at the start of the semester, allowing you to know in advance what the next day’s lectures will be all about. Try reading up on the subjects not only in your textbook but also in the other reading materials often listed in the syllabus. With this background, you should be better able to understand and remember your professors’ lectures.
Finally, do not forget to go to class, otherwise you will not hear the lectures, have no notes to review, and not even know when the quizzes, tests, and exams are scheduled.