How I Got A’s in All My Classes This Semester

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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.

Confession:

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!

10 Ways to be More Productive Right Now

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You know, there just aren’t enough hours in the day sometimes.  Or is there?  Personally, I am super busy this semester, and on top of all the things I have to do, there are plenty of things I want to do like watch Netflix and run this blog.  Whether you are a college student like me, or you live a completely different life, there are always ways to increase your productivity so you can get to the things you actually want to do.  What’s that saying?  You have the same amount of hours in a day as Beyoncé. 🙂

Without further ado, here are 10 ways to be more productive right now!

Write a list

Literally, anybody will tell you this is the first thing you need to do if you want to accomplish more, and that’s because it works!  Humans are very visual creatures, and seeing something in writing makes more of an impression on us.  Not only that, it always feels good to cross something off of your to-do list.

Small Victories

Small victories fuel larger victories.  Whether or not you realize it, little accomplishments boost your moral!  Just take one minute right now to clean up something or throw something out.  Boom.  Victory.  You are that much closer to conquering the day!

Listen to Music

Personally, I can barely breathe unless I’m listening to music.  Not only does music provide motivation and boost productivity, it drowns out distracting noises.  Music can help you focus too.  In fact, the only time I’m not listening to music while working is when I’m proof-reading something; otherwise, I would be bored out of my skull.  Plus, I can have mini dance sessions to break up my study time. 🙂

Find a Sanctuary

If you have some serious work to do, you might want to consider removing yourself from your natural habitat.  It’s likely that your home or usual hangout will have a lot of distractions that are particularly compelling to you.  Also, seeking a new environment to do your work is a specific action dedicated to your productivity: it changes the way you think and makes you more focused.  So try going to a park, library, or coffee shop to really get some work done.

Inspire Yourself

Chances are you are reading this because you needed a little inspiration to get stuff done.  Who doesn’t?  However, you are just as capable of inspiring yourself as anyone else.  You are a powerhouse!  You owe it to yourself to work hard and accomplish your goals, so look at yourself in the mirror, and tell yourself that you’ve got this!

Competition

A little friendly competition never hurt anybody, right?  If you are studying for a class, talk to your classmates about it and encourage them to work hard too.  Being around other people who are focused on the same task can increase your motivation for doing well.  If no one else is sharing your workload, then be competitive with yourself!  See if you can’t be faster, more detailed, more organized, and more productive than you’ve been in the past.

Reward Yourself

I’m not kidding about taking dance breaks.  That’s often my reward for completing another paragraph on whatever essay I’m working on.  Food is always good too, just try to be healthy.  Sometimes I allow myself to go on Pinterest or Facebook for a few minutes, although it is easy to get carried away on social media, so be careful.

Plan Mini-Plans

Usually, I know exactly what order I’m going to get ready in the morning before I even get out of bed.  I also know what to wear based on my schedule, the weather, and any physical activity I have that day.  Being strategic with your schedule can save you loads of time, not to mention reduce stress.  I plan out my routes to class early and I know exactly what I’m going to do during my breaks in order to be more efficient.  Blocking out an hour between classes to accomplish several small tasks can do wonders to increase your productivity.

Eliminate Distractions

When ignoring distractions isn’t enough, get rid of them.  Put your phone on airplane mode if you have to, or turn it off completely.  Put your cat or dog in a different room for a little while if they are really distracting you (#me).  Clear off your desk to hide your distracting do-dads.  This is why finding a sanctuary is effective, it automatically gets you away from those distractions.

Strategic Procrastination

If you absolutely have to procrastinate on something, why not do something productive?  Read up on something educational, clean up your room, stretch or go for a run, answer some emails, or hey, read about ways that you can be more productive!

I hope that these tips were helpful for you and that you will find it easier to get business done now.  The best part of increasing your productivity is all the free time you get at the end of it all!  So, even though not all the work we have to do is very fun, you will hopefully get done faster and feel better about your accomplishments.  How do you stay productive?  Let me know!

Let’s get stuff done!