Tips to Improve Your GPA and Studying This Semester

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So, it’s the beginning of yet another amazing school year, holidays are over, the Black Panther crave has been fulfilled and it’s time to hit the books again. For most students, top of their goals for the school year is to improve their GPA and I’m glad to share with you a few tips on how to achieve this goal.

  • First of all, believe that it is possible for your academic performance to be top-notch, and then give it your all.
  • Secondly, make it a necessity to attend to and participate in all your classes. You would think this is not important in the University since we can get course notes online, but believe me it is. I’ll share a little secret; some teachers offer extra points just for attendance and participation alone, so, don’t let the cold weather and warm blankets keep you from earning those bonus points.
  • It’s important to find or create a study style that best suite you, and it should be one that you enjoy. We don’t all assimilate information the same way, it would be profitable to find yours and incorporate it. For me, studying while some soothing music plays in the background is really helpful.
  • Now, don’t just study to pass an exam, study until you understand every bit of your class materials. Ask questions when you don’t understand and researching about the subject you’re studying helps you find more explanations. When you understand what you’re studying, passing becomes a piece of cake.
  • Join or create a study group with a group of your friends or with random people studying the same course as you. It helps a lot when you can hear other perspectives about the course.
  • It always goes a long way to make friends with the smartest people in class, learning from the best helps to push us to be the best. Be humble enough to glean from their knowledge.
  • Take time to review your course work during the week, make a study timetable, don’t wait to study the day before an exam or quiz, it only makes you panic.
  • Very importantly, quit procrastinating; attend to you assignments and projects as soon as they come. Do them on time and do them well, also learn to prioritize your activities, let your studies be the utmost. You are a student before you are anything else.
  • While studying, try to use memory tricks that help you remember what you studied, cramming is not a reliable memory trick. Things like mnemonics and illustrations can really help with remembering information. Two mnemonics I really like are:

Thirty days hath September, April, June, and November; all the rest have thirty-one Excepting February alone: Which hath but twenty-eight, in fine, till leap year gives it twenty-nine.  (Helps with memorizing the days of months in a year).

My Very Earnest Mother Just Served Us Nine Pickles (helps with memorizing the Planets (Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto).

  • Strive and aim for the best, scoring straight A’s are a good way to improve your GPA
  • As much as you have to put in the extra work to improve your GPA, also remember to relax and give yourself a pat on the back for all you’ve attained so far.

It may seem difficult and impossible at first but it’s always worth it in the end. Good luck with implementing these tips and more you find.

By Jemimah Atii