Surely there are different habits that shape whether you’re successful or not. I have seen countless articles about the different habits shared among the world’s most successful people, habits like waking up earlier, making your bed and planning out your day. But, what if I told you that there are common habits among people who get straight A’s too? Today I am going to share 9 habits that will raise your gpa so you too can maintain an A-streak.
Participate in each class
Don’t just be present, but really delve into the material. Try to truly understand what the professor is talking about. Put away any distractions (i.e. your phone) and contribute to the discussion as much as possible. Ask your teacher questions, make eye contact and participate in any group discussions. It’s important that you show your teacher that you’re participating and invested in their class.
Get to know your professor
Don’t be annoying about it, but try to regularly visit your professor’s office hours and sit in the front of the class so your teacher gets to know who you are. Your professors are more likely to write you a letter of recommendation for scholarships or give you flexibility when grading if they know you by name.
This is a tip that I wish I would have taken advantage of earlier. When I first started college, I was too shy to talk to my teachers so when it was time to get a letter of recommendation for scholarships, I had no-one to ask. Don’t be like the past me, get to know your teachers and this will help raise your gpa.
Review your notes every night
Try to look over your notes every night before bed. Studies show that you are more likely to retain information long term if you look over them often. You will remember more this way and will be able to better recall information during a test. I like to rewrite my lecture notes every night to make sure that I really soak up the material. Rewrite it as if you are teaching the material to a first-grader. That’s how you know you’re truly understanding what you’re learning.
Pro-tip: You will retain your study material better if you read them out loud.
Be smart about studying
The saying is so true: Work smarter not harder.
You will be much more productive throughout the day if you are smart about scheduling your study times. Studies show that your brain can only truly focus for 45 minutes at a time, afterwards it will decrease its capacity to absorb new information. So, study smarter by taking a break and shifting your focus to something else for 15 minutes before studying again. This allows your brain to rejuvenate for your next study session where it’ll be much more focused and able to retain information. You may find that you get a lot more done by using this method.
Wake Up Earlier
Wake up 15 minutes early and take the time to plan out your day. Look over your planner, make a to-do list, finish up any unfinished assignments from the day before, etc. Waking up earlier and creating a plan will make you more energized, productive and ready to take on the day. You will feel less stressed because you are prepared to handle whatever life throws at you.
Plan two weeks ahead of time
You don’t have to do this for smaller assignments, but plan to start a major project or study for a huge test two weeks ahead of time. Sometimes life throws curveballs at you, and it’s usually at the worst times. This could cause you to miss a test or an assignment deadline. That’s why planning ahead of time can help you avoid those situations.
And, believe me when I say that I understand how hard it can be. I used to be a huge procrastinator (and still am to a degree) where I would push everything off to the last second (like turning in an assignment at 11:59 when it was due at midnight). But, one day I started noticing a pattern among the world’s most successful people, and that is, they are masters at time management. They work smarter not harder. And once I started implementing their strategies, I noticed improvement in a lot of areas in my life (like my GPA). I know from personal experience that this tip will raise your GPA and make a difference in your life.
Handwrite Your Notes
Handwriting your notes will help you retain information better. It will also keep you from getting distracted because you won’t have a screen in front of you with ads and images popping up. You could highlight with different colors to help you remember better. I like to use sticky notes to write down any questions I have and put in my notes to review later.
Make sure your notes cover:
- Questions you may have
- The most important topics/ subtopics
- Important people, documents, theories, places, ideas, etc.
- Historical information
- Anything that will be on the test
Pro-tip: Rewriting your notes onto flashcards every night helps you remember the material for when a test comes up.
Don’t just proofread your major assignments. Proofread emails, homework, quizzes, essays, close readings – everything. The worst thing you want to do is give your professor the wrong impression and proofreading is just a good practice in general. I will usually read over anything that I will hand in to the professor 4 or 5 times, just to make sure my writing is succinct and devoid of errors.
Take advantage of your on-campus resources
If you’re really stuck on an assignment, take advantage of your college’s academic help hours. Technically you pay for these tutors with your tuition, so why not use them? They are here to help you. There is no shame in asking for help, everyone needs help once in a while.
Also, don’t be afraid to take advantage of your teacher’s office hours. It will show your professor that you are truly dedicated to learning and the more you invest your time in them, the more they will invest in you.
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