Hey friends! Today I’m going to be sharing with you 5 tips that have helped me get a
3.7 GPA 4.0 GPA (as of the end of junior year!) in college.
I’ve always been a student that had to try really hard to get good grades. I’ve always been a poor test taker because I let anxiety get the best of me.
Everyone makes college out to be the hardest thing ever, so I was really nervous for what my grades would be like. But, I’ve actually gotten amazing grades with less stress than I had in high school!
I honestly think a big reason why I have 3.7 GPA is because I like what I’m learning and I put less stress on myself compared to high school. Plus, I have a great method to study and get work done on time!
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TIP #1: Write everything down in a planner
I rely 100% on my planner when it comes to school. I’d be lost without it! I write absolutely everything down that I need to do for every class. Even the things I think I’ll remember, like emailing someone or the page numbers that have to be read.
If it’s written down it can’t be forgotten! It feels great to check things off as you go to keep you motivated and feeling good about your progress.
My favorite types of planners have the full month calendar and the weekly schedule. I always get one with a lot of room for Monday-Friday! For the new school year, I got this planner (I love this brand & it comes with stickers)!
TIP #2: Find the times you are most motivated to work
I find that I work best in the mornings before class and right after my classes are done for the day. Because of this, I schedule my classes to start around 11am so I can get leisurely get up around 8-9am and do some work before I go to campus.
I also like to go to the library when my classes are over to get more work done that I didn’t have time earlier to finish, which I will expand more on in my next tip!
Some people do best when they study at night and be more productive then. Everyone is different so it’s important to find what works best for you.
TIP #3: Set a schedule for yourself
Once you figure out what times you are most productive at you can make a schedule for yourself around those times.
For me, I like to wake up a couple hours before my first class to do any reading or studying that I was assigned. This gets my brain ready for the day and I get ahead on studying!
After my classes are done for the day I get something to eat (priorities lol), then head to the library to do any written assignments. I get as much done as I can ’til I hit a wall around 7pm. This schedule works great for me because when I go home I can just relax (aka work on the blog)!
TIP #4: Get your work done long before it’s due
Most professors give you a schedule of the whole entire semester (I’ve had some that don’t which is super stressful, so just hope yours all do). I love knowing what I have to get done and when it’s due way in advance so I can start working on it.
I have a system I use for planning out what to do and when. For smaller assignments I do them in the beginning of the week that they are due. Long term assignments I don’t procrastinate at all! I try to get them done 2 weeks before it’s due so I can go to office hours if needed and make minor changes if needed as the deadline gets closer. As far as tests go I will start studying for them a week before for about 30 minutes a day.
TIP #5: Find a study strategy that works for you
I have tried so many times to make Quizlet work for me, but it just doesn’t! I found that making an outline of the readings/chapters that we will be tested on, along with index cards of important terms works best for me.
I remember things better when they are written down rather than on a screen. Do whatever works best for you!
TIP #6: Get sleep!!!
The most cliche tip of them all, but it works!
I’m proud to say that I’ve never pulled an all nighter in my college career, so far! Sleep is so much more important than cramming. I can’t even imagine going into a test without sleeping the night before.
It might be hard to believe, but studying for 30 minutes the morning of a test will get you a much better grade than if you were to stay up through the night. Anddd, if you use the other 5 tips I shared with you, you wouldn’t have to pull an all nighter!
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