Ah, finals week is upon us, and, in honor of finals, here’s a poem before we dive into testing advice for specific academic subjects. Students with knowledge all stuck in their heads, hardly sleeping or lying in their own beds. Not a student was resting, not even the profs, all hoped finals would be over... Continue Reading →
How to Study for a Test the 4.0 GPA Way: Part Two
In honor of finals week’s looming arrival, I’m doing a three-part series on how to study for tests the 4.0 GPA way. Last week in Part One, I gave some general tips. This week, Part Two is all about how to memorize the material.
How to Study for a Test the 4.0 GPA Way: Part One
Finals week will soon be upon us. Therefore, here is some advice on how to study for those exams and ace finals week.
Fake It Like You Read It: How to Make It Look Like You Read the Material When You Didn’t
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.
The Light Side of the Academic Force: Characteristics of Good Teachers
As promised in last week’s post, this post is about the characteristics of good teachers.
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.