Sometime during high school I realized that I was a was a good student. After that, I realized that I had to work to keep it that way. I actually wish I had realized these things sooner because it seems that there is always one person ahead of you in some way. Although I may have surpassed a lot of people in academics, there were certainly several people ahead of me in my high school class. Just a few numbers can mean the difference between thousands of dollars in scholarship money or awards.
But I am happy to announce that I got A’s in all my classes this semester! After several long months, all my hard work has finally paid off. Even if you totally expected to receive good grades, it’s still worth being proud of! Today, I would like to share some of the tips and tricks that helped me bump up my GPA. Quick disclaimer: I realize that everyone is an individual, and there is no right or wrong way to achieve success in your classes. What works for me might not work for you. Nevertheless, if my tips can help anyone else, I am happy to share the love! Without further ado, here is how I got A’s in all my classes this semester!
I study something I love
I hope this goes without saying, but loving your education makes college a million times more endurable. If you truly love the content and the work that goes into your classes, then your classwork don’t seem nearly as grueling! Because I am a theatre major, most people realize right away that I am in this major purely because I love it. On the flip-side, I have talked to plenty of people who adore theatre and have maybe even considered going to college for it, but they are scared to take the plunge. But, trust me, my college experience is a blast because I am studying something I am passionate about. I couldn’t imagine it any other way!
I am not alone in my classes
Now, I realize my major is pretty different from other fields of study, but I still benefit so much from the community of theatre majors I am surrounded by. In my theatre classes, I always have several of my friends right alongside me which makes it easy to ask questions and collaborate on our classwork. We frequently discuss our classes and help each other with projects or problems that we encounter. We also have a lot of fun in our classes too!
I made plenty of time for my homework
This didn’t always mean that I started a project several weeks before it was due, it just means that I dedicated specific time for working on big projects or papers. I more or less budgeted my time during the week to have enough time for schoolwork. I almost never worked on homework after 8pm, just because I didn’t like it! I still had plenty of time for all my schoolwork. Productivity is key! Here are 10 Ways to Be More Productive Right Now. These habits saved me plenty of time!
I avoided stress
This goes along with budgeting my time during the week. I mostly didn’t work after 8pm because I needed that time to relax. I also passed up opportunities to hang out with my friends because I knew I needed to recover from a busy day. Stressing about school will only have negative effects on your classes, so learn to take control of stress. Here is A Foolproof Guide to Dealing With Stress in College; all these tips help me conquer stress in my own life which allowed me to focus on school.
I worked on having a healthy attitude
Can I emphasize the word worked?! This semester was hard! For the last two months of the semester, I was having a terrible attitude about school. I didn’t like my classes and I didn’t like living in the dorms, but I got through it! I tried really hard to have a good attitude and cut the negativity out of my life. I failed a lot, but I still finished strong and got good grades in all my classes! Sick of school? Here’s What to Do When You’ve Had Enough of This Semester.
I had a voice in my classes
If I had a problem with something in my classes, I felt no remorse in emailing my professor about my concern. For example: in my public speaking class, I was giving a speech and a girl walked into class late and completely broke my focus. She loudly opened the door and walked right in front of me as if I wasn’t even there. I had seen this happen several other times during other speeches and I had had enough of it. I emailed my professor and told him that it was very bad speech etiquette to enter a room while someone was giving a speech. He addressed it with the class and it didn’t happen again. Do you see what I’m saying? You are paying for this education, so don’t feel bad about having a voice in your classes.
Ok, here’s my secret: getting good grades isn’t very hard for me. This doesn’t mean I effortlessly get A’s in all my classes all the time, it just means that I’ve worked hard to develop good habits that are now second nature to me. Developing good academic habits is the easiest way to get straight A’s. Because of the discipline in instilling these habits, getting A’s this semester was a breeze.
I am always looking for more college or study tips to help boost the good ol’ GPA! Let me know what tips you have for getting A’s in your classes. Is getting A’s something that comes easily to you? Or are you still working on developing good academic habits? I want to know!