How to Get a High Gpa in College

marmalade_skies
I learned many things in my first 3 semesters of college that I want to share with you all. As you practice, you learn how to study more and more efficiently.

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1 Put in that extra effort V 1 Comment
2 Have a planner

I find having a physical planner booklet being much easier than a digital one (and definitely easier than just taking an empty notebook and writing the dates in them), but do whichever works for you.

Write down the dates for tests and major assignments as soon as you get your syllabus. Write down your smaller assignments for the week as soon as you're assigned them. - marmalade_skies

3 Prioritize your assignments V 1 Comment
4 Prioritize your classes

For example, if you have 4 classes: Pick the easiest 3 classes and try to get an A in them. And try for a B in the hardest one.

Some professors are so strict in their grading and offer so much time consuming work that doing every little thing they want you to do isn't worth your time. But on the bright side, many times you try for a B, you end up getting an A anyway! - marmalade_skies

5 Be balanced

Don't try getting ahead in 1 class until you're fully caught up in the others. - marmalade_skies

6 Take notes effectively V 1 Comment
7 Don't leave medium-sized assignments unfinished

When it comes to assignments that take 30-60 mins to complete, it's better to complete them in one session than to nibble away at them. Completing an assignment when the information is already in your head is easier than having to go back to it and reorienting yourself. Plus, having it completely done means one less assignment to worry about. - marmalade_skies

8 Break the large assignments into chunks.

If it's a large assignment such as a project, or a 5-10 page paper and so on, break it into chunks. A 10 page research paper for example. Research --> Outline --> First Draft --> Second Draft --> Finishing Touches. - marmalade_skies

9 Clear out the small assignments ASAP

If it's an assignment that only takes 5-15 mins, then do it right after class (or at least within the same day).

Doing this results in having to less assignments to juggle around in your mind, plus it eliminates the possibility of you forgetting about it. - marmalade_skies

10 Don't multi-task

I know, I know, it FEELS like you're getting a lot done, but really you just end up spending more time and having a lot of things unfinished.

It takes extra brain power to constantly switch from one task to another, reorienting yourself every minutes. It's just not worth it. - marmalade_skies

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