As a student, you’re forced into survival mode, and survival mode means that you can’t read everything. You simply can’t. You won’t make it. But here’s the good news: you don’t need to read everything to achieve a 4.0 GPA. Here are some tips on how not to read everything that’s assigned, but fake like you did read the material and get good grades.
Beware the Thesis: How to Craft an “A”-Worthy Thesis
The thesis sets the tone for a paper, and without a solid one, your chance of getting an “A” on that essay is about as slim as finding Bigfoot poop (see my last post). So, without further ado, here are some tips for crafting an “A”-worthy thesis.
Captain, We’re Taking on Water: Saving Your GPA from a Bad Grade
I’ve seen quite a few posts lately where students are panicking about their GPAs because they got a bad test score. You want to know a secret? You do not have to get an “A” on every test and assignment in order to achieve a 4.0 GPA. It’s absolutely possible to save your overall grade from a poor test score or bad assignment grade. Here’s how to do it.
So Your Teacher is Darth Vader: How to Deal with Difficult Instructors
Throughout your college career, you’re going to (if you haven’t already) run into teachers who are difficult. I don’t mean the good-gosh-his-tests-are-hard difficult, I mean the I-think-my-teacher-might-be-at-least-partially-evil difficult. These instructors are often unfair, unprofessional, and disrespectful. Here’s the Obi-Wan Kenobi list of how to use the Force to your advantage and save your GPA from the Dark Side’s grasp.
Write This Down: How to Take Notes the 4.0 GPA Way
Note taking is one of the most important skills that you can have when trying to obtain a 4.0 GPA or when trying to improve your current GPA. I’m not sure why, but students are just expected to know how to take notes when they arrive at college. There’s no orientation on the subject, there’s no class. It’s a situation of *poof* here’s your instructor. Now, start writing. Here are my secrets to taking good, reliable class notes.
Rushing to Clubs: Will Joining Clubs or the Greek System Help You or Hurt You in Your Quest to a 4.0 GPA?
It’s that time of year again. It’s recruitment time! Clubs, sororities, and fraternities pop up like dead people during presidential elections. Despite how enticing it is to be part of a group, you have to ask yourself: should I join, or will such a commitment hurt my chances at getting that 4.0 GPA or hinder me from improving my current GPA? Here are a few questions to ask yourself before you sign your name to that clipboard.
The Bigger They Are, The Harder They Fall: The Secret to Big College Classes
Sometimes, it can feel intimidating to sign up for a class with over 100 seats available on the roster when you’re used to classes that have no more than 30-something students in them. I’ve compiled a list of how to deal with big college lectures and why you shouldn’t be intimidated to sign up for these massive classes.
Live Long and Prosper: Creating a College Class Schedule that Won’t Make You Miserable
These tips will hopefully assist you in enjoying your first semester of college by ensuring that you’re not too overworked with too little free time. They should also help you to go after an awesome (if not perfect) grade point average by allowing you to focus your efforts and not spread yourself too thin.
Going to Graduate School? Here are Step-by-Step Instructions for the Application Process from a Current Graduate Student (with a 4.0 GPA for both Undergraduate and Graduate Careers, can I get a whoop whoop!)
A former coworker of mine is getting geared up to apply to graduate school. He asked me if I had any advice and, well . . . let’s just say that my replying e-mail was quite long. I thought that I would post what I sent to him because I do believe that it is... Continue Reading →