How To Get Good Grades In College : 10 Tips

How To Get Good Grades In College : 10 Tips

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It is not so hard to get good grades in college. All you need to score high in college is the right techniques. Do ensure you read the guide to the end.

10 Secrets to Getting Good Grades in University

  1. Attend All Classes

You need to attend all classes to get good grades especially in schools where professors give points for attendance. I reiterate if you want good grades you need to attend all classes. Attending all classes helps you to identify the topics your professor is most fervid about and likely to set questions on.

Try to sit in the first three rows; history and experience make me know that most of the best students sit in front and that could even be an avenue to make good friends, but not while lectures are going on.


  1. Study When You Are Most Productive

It is important to discover how best you learn and in what environment you learn best. To make the most of your study time, it is advisable that you study when your brain is at its peak performance; that is when you assimilate most.

Studies have shown that our brain is at its highest capacity in the morning. Thus, it is recommended that you study early in the morning. As an undergraduate, I mostly wake by 4:30 am to study until 5:30 am before observing the morning prayer. However, if you are going to get excellent grades you need to study more than an hour daily, but it is best to dedicate your most productive time to studying the convoluted materials.

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  1. Have A Plan or Do-To-List

The importance of having a plan as a student cannot be overemphasized. A plan can help you keep track when an assignment is due for submission or when you have tests. Whether it is a daily, weekly or even monthly plan, it is essential it reflects your overall goal for the semester. According to psychologists, neurologists, and other scientists, setting a goal helps us to visualize our target and make it looks like it is already accomplished. This then propels us to achieving the brain’s image. In the course of making your plan, it is important to factor in time for extracurricular activities and socializing. Don’t turn a nerd because you want to get good grades.

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  1. Follow The Standard Rules of Writing

If you are attending a good institution, one or more of your classes will require that you submit a writing assignment. This assignment will constitute part of your continuous assessment, so you had better follow the standard rules of writing in doing it.

Ab initio, it is important that you form an outline which would guide you in the course of writing. An outline helps you organize your thoughts before writing, thus it is important you have one. For a professor who has a format he/she wants an assignment to be organized, it is imperative you know the format and meticulously follow it. In which case there is no specified format, I would recommend you follow the below:

  • Font: Times New Roman, size 12
  • Line spacing: 1.5
  • Moderate margins (2-3 cm) on the top, bottom, left and right; the left-hand margin should be at least 3 cm.

Make sure you edit and proofread the assignment for errors or you let a friend help you before submitting; a second eye is always good.

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  1. Know How To Study

I have got to understand that why many people do not get good grades even after studying for long hours is because they do not know how to study. Knowing how to study could reduce the number of hours you study while you still get good grades. You could try to scan before reading and review what you have studied as this would make it much easier for you to understand and remember what you read. Scanning gives an overview of the material you are about to study while a review would help you know how much you have assimilated the material.


  1. Study, Study, Study, Study and Study

If you noticed, I reiterated study four times. This is because of how germane studying is among the list above. You should endeavor to study early and often. Avoid studying few days to tests or exams. Try to break your studying into shorter periods and make sure you take breaks in between. You could adopt the 50/10 strategy by studying for 50 minutes and taking 10 minutes break. This way you would be able to absorb convoluted materials.

You could have a study buddy if you are sure you wouldn’t be distracted or form a group discussion, but make sure it is with like minds. It cannot be overemphasized that you have to study and study to get good grades.


  1. Do Some Further Readings

In addition to what you were taught in your different classes try to do some further readings. Doing some further readings helps you understand the course concept better.


  1. Teach Others What You Know

What I am glad I learned early in my undergraduate days is to teach others what I know. I call this secret learning by doing. I got to understand that people learn better and recall what they have learned if they will need to teach the material to someone else soon.

A study published in the Journal of  Memory & Cognition which assessed the effect of expecting to teach on learning showed how teaching others what you know enhances learning. In the experiment, there were two groups, the first group studied passages in preparation for a later test while the second group studied passages in preparation for teaching the passages to another student who would then be tested. In reality, both groups were tested, and none of the groups actually engaged in teaching. The result of the experiment shows that students expecting to teach others produced more complete and better organized free recall of the material than students merely expecting a test and not required to teach.

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The insight from the above study is that an expectation to teach others increase the efficiency of learning. As an undergraduate, I can vividly remember that I look for every avenue to teach what I have learned because it further concretes my knowledge of the subject matter and weighs what I know even before the test. It’s more like doing a pre-test. Remember Ben Sweetland’s quote “We cannot hold a torch to light another’s path without brightening our own.” Endeavor to always teach others what you know, by so doing you know more.


  1. Know How To Take Tests and Exams

Knowing how to take tests and exams is germane if you truly desire good grades. It is important that you study before going for tests and exams, however, studying doesn’t suffice to get good grades. If you want to take a history test or test for a course that involves lots of dates, statistics, equations etc it is important you write the salient points down as soon as the test begins, perhaps at the back of the exam booklet. To avoid been apprehended as cheating, do not write this information on your booklet before the commencement of your test. It is important to start with the easiest question in order to increase your confidence and overcome anxiety. In the case of multiple choice questions, try to come up with an answer in your head before looking at the options. You could use the elimination method by crossing out options that are incorrect. If you are still unsure of the answer, make an educated guess with the remaining options. It is essential you read the questions carefully and plan answers accordingly. Endeavor to read through all the instructions and make a plan of attack at the beginning.


  1. Pray, Pray, Pray, Pray and Pray

You need to go spiritual. Spend your weekends with God and seek his forgiveness. Address your prayers to God on your goals. Always pray to God on a regular basis. ‘He is the Lord of the East and the West; there is no god but He; so take Him for a guardian.’ (73:9).

Good luck

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