5 Proven Ways to Improve your Grades

When most students enter their first year of college, it's easy for them to get lost in the new and sometimes uncertain environment. As a result of many distractions, such as work, personal issues or just plain old apathy that comes around mid-semester for some students, grades will invariably suffer.

However, by following the five proven tips listed below, students will find themselves able to raise their grades, and watch their GPA improve as a result.

1. Read, read, read.

There is no way around it. Even if you are a good note taker, the best way to solidify your grades and get into those B's and A's on the tests is to read those assigned chapters thoroughly. You really cannot lose if you read the assigned chapters over at least twice before the test.

Reading the assigned work the first time will get you familiar with the knowledge. Reading it the second time will ram that knowledge into your brain. This is a no-brainer for improving your gradea in any humanities, business, or reading-centric classes.

2.  Extra help.

It is understandable that some students may not have the time for tutoring due to work and other personal activities, but if you have plenty of on-campus time to spare, most colleges offer free tutoring centers.

A wide variety of subjects are covered by these extra help centers, such as math, English, accounting, and even computer-based courses. One problem with tutoring centers is that they can get crowded, especially around midterms and finals week. Definitely check these out if you can, though. It can only help your grade.

3. Communicate with the professor.

Unless you have one of those hard-boiled fascist professors who hate giving A's, most professors want to see you succeed in their class. Let them know what you hope to get out of the class and try to stay on their good side. This doesn't mean you have to be a goody-goody, per se, but good attendance, promptness, and participation can only help your grade.

In fact, some professors will boost your final grade several points for great attendance alone. Again, not alot of secret tips here, but keeping in touch with the professor about your grades throughout the semester will help you avoid any nasty surprises in finals week, such as your supposed A average being a B+ instead.

4. Build comfortable study habits.

Another no-brainer here. You've got to actually study if you want an increase in grades. Go to a quiet place like the school library, shut off the phone and try to study for at least half an hour. Then relax for a half an hour before commiting to another half hour of study.

Structuring your study time like this will give your mind a chance to recharge and help you get the most out of your work. Find a comfortable spot such as a corner desk, or at least someplace that's quiet, with no distractions. Put aside a little bit of time every day for this.

5. Avoid the cram.

Okay, I'll admit it. I'm a last-minute crammer, but there's a right way to do it in case you can't shake that habit. This also goes back to the first tip. As soon as you are assigned a chapter of reading, just read it. I know it's easier said than done, but you should read your assigned reading at least twice before the test.

Basically, any required reading in college will bore you to tears. If you know you are a cram student, at least skim over the chapter once before cram night. That way, the material won't come off as completely new and frightening. I guarantee you'll remember it a whole lot better when you look at that test the next day.

 It All Comes Down To You

These common sense tips have helped me to a 3.96 cumulative GPA. If you work hard and apply them, you will find yourself more organized and happier with your grades. Unfortunately, there's no magic formula for achieving higher grades, so if you really wants to see improvement, it ultimately comes down to how well you manage your time and how hard you are willing to work.