Academic success strategies


Getting better grades: 5 pointers

Here are five ways to maximize your academic performance.

These five suggestions are not magic potions guaranteeing a transcript filled with "A's". Following these suggestions will take time and entail hard work on your part. While they do not come with a money-back guarantee, you will be rewarded with better grades by putting them into practice.

  1. Come to class and actively participate.
  2. Carefully study assigned readings and handouts.
  3. Complete the homework assignments thoughtfully, making an effort to learn something (as opposed to just getting the assignment done).
  4. Use exam study guides wisely.
  5. Interact with the instructor and your classmates.

'Be there' psychologist says

LEWISBURG, Pa. (CPS) If you're going to take the time and effort to be in school, you should focus on the class while you're there -- not the dozens of other concerns that may be pressing for your attention, a Bucknell University psychotherapist said.

"If you are going to be in class for 50 minutes, be there," said John Ortiz, assistant director of psychological services.

Procrastination and "having to be in the right mood to study can hinder a student's education," he said. "(If you're procrastinating or waiting for the right mood,) you are either in the past or in the future. You worked so hard to get here (into school), so be here now. Whatever you're doing, do it. The only way to do anything right is with your full attention."

On the other hand, if you go to a sporting event instead of spending time studying, Ortiz says you should try to get genuine satisfaction from the entertainment rather than worrying about what you should be doing instead.

Students get into the "shoulds and wants, or just waste time feeling guilty," he said. "By letting go of your expectations, you can react to circumstances as they appear in the here and now."

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