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How to Improve Your Grades in College?

How to Improve Your Grades in College?

College life can be daunting and overwhelming at the beginning. Most students are able to adjust to college in one or two semesters. Sometime during college, you may not perform well in a class or classes.  From time to time even the brightest students may underperform. The key is to take a step back and find out what is hurting your performance. Many students might find it difficult to get out of this situation and improve. Here are some tips to achieve the grades you know you can achieve.

#1 Figure out where you are going wrong.

You need to remember to look at your mistakes instead of just looking at the grade you got in a particular exam. Learning from previous tests is a great way to improve. Figure out the sections and topics you’re making mistakes in and focus on those areas for the upcoming exams. Do you think you fully understand the concept? Were you paying attention when the concept was being taught? Introspect and realize where you need to improve.

#2 Find out why you are underperforming.

Sometimes even when you think you have done your best, you haven’t. Find out why you haven’t been able to perform to your fullest potential. Is it because you study alone and get distracted easily? Is it because you get distracted by the people around you? Are you not taking proper notes? It could be a combination of multiple issues. Isolate the problem so that you can start tackling it.

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#3 Talk to your professors.

Most professors are more than willing to help you improve. They want you to get the most out of the class and learn as much as you can. It is worth talking to them and drawing up a plan of action. You could even ask them if they are willing to provide previous exam papers for practice or set you up with a tutor if need be. Ask them questions and express your concerns. They will probably have some advice as to how to go about the class from then on.

#4 Have a positive attitude.

It is good that you realized that you are underperforming in a class. However, do not let that demotivate you. Instead use it as a force to drive you to do better. Staying positive helps foster a growth mindset, which will help you be productive. You may feel like giving up from time to time but you need to believe in yourself. Think of this situation in a positive manner and learn from it—better late than never!

#5 Surround yourself with positive people.

Develop friends that share similar values and goals. By working together and helping each other, everyone improves. You will also develop lasting friendships in college.

#6 Allow time for revision.

Stop procrastinating and start studying for that exam early! Give yourself time to go over topics that you have not understood properly. Even if you think you know a concept well, go over it again and practice multiple questions related to each topic so that it is instilled in your mind. Do not put off studying for an exam until the day before. Don’t delay the inevitable and make it worse for yourself.


About the Author: 

Lavanya Agarwal is a sophomore at the University of Virginia. She is planning to major either in Commerce or Economics with a minor in Psychology. At UVA, she is involved with Profit with Purpose, Student Council, Bharatiya Council, and Salsa Club. She loves to explore different places and travel. You can find her on LinkedIn.

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