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Is a B Average?

Is A B Average?

Is A B Average? The answer to this question is very subjective. A student who is struggling to get a C would be thrilled with a B whereas a student who has a history of As will be very, very unhappy with a B.

So, instead of focusing on whether a grade is good, bad, or average, focus on picking up skills to improve your grades and it does not matter from where to where. The attitude to get better than you are is critical to the success of not just college but also your entire life. Through this article, I hope to give you some tips on how to improve college grades.

Tips and advice on how to make your college grades better

Read actively – Reading is an essential part of college learning and there are lots of study materials and textbook content to read and learn. It is important for you to learn to read actively. Merely reading the words and actively reading are two different activities. The latter calls for a great deal more concentration and focus from you than the former.

Many students read actively by underlining or highlighting or annotating keywords, key phrases, definitions, etc. Many others make notes and summarize content as they read through their study material. Another way to active reading involving constantly quizzing yourself or asking yourself questions to see whether you know and can recall the answers.

Sometimes, you can put the data in a different perspective to add more value to the content and to understand it more deeply than by simply reading and learning. The following three Rs are important components for memory:

  • Reception of data through attention and keen observation

  • Retention of data through constant reviewing and repeated recitation

  • Recollection of data through organization and visualization

Engage with your professors – Please do not treat your professors like some figurehead to be tolerated only in class. Engage with them; know what they expect from students; get to know them personally so you develop a rapport with them.

Of course, by knowing them personally does not mean becoming best budding or setting up wrong (and immoral relationships) with them. It simply means to actively participate in class in such a way that your professor recognizes you and can put a face to your name and/or student identification number.

See if you can meet him or her during office hours in the staff room. This way your professor knows you by name and this can create a kind of a "halo effect," wherein when he or she is correcting your paper, he or she is able to recall your face and/or behavior which could spark some amount of leniency while grading you.

And remember, most professors really appreciate an engaging and a participating student than someone who chooses to remain anonymous in class.

Attend all your classes diligently – While this suggestion might seem needless to many of you, think back and write down the number of classes that you have missed for any reason whatsoever. You will be surprised that there are a significant number of missed classes in your list. You have to be conscious of it and avoid missing any class. Moreover, actively engage in your classes as follows:

  • Imbibe the information being shared by your professor. Even if your professor is following the textbook closely, then too, listening to the class enhances the absorption of data into your mind.

  • Participate in class and make your presence felt. When you attend class and participate actively, you are actually forming a deep mentoring bond with your professors.

  • Many professors give bonus points for participation and/or attending class which will have a direct impact on your grades.

  • Try as much as possible to sit in front. Statistically, these are the students who do better in college than those who sit at the last benches.

Use time well – Time is a highly scarce resource. No matter how you spend it, time always passes by and never, ever returns. So, use this scarce resource effectively and prudently. Here are some tips to help you manage time better:

  • Finish the hardest part of the work first. This way, you know you will be left with sufficient time to complete the difficult task efficiently and well. Moreover, when you have completed a difficult task, you will have a sense of accomplishment which will motivate you to work faster on the easier tasks.

  • Take rest breaks as rewards. Reward yourself with a short break every time you complete a difficult task. You will feel happy and also more rejuvenated to take on the challenges of work once again.

  • Break down large assignments into smaller and more manageable chunks. Treat each chunk as one task and complete it satisfactorily. When you have finished all the pieces, then tie them up together. This way you will not feel overwhelmed by the enormity of the task and your learning will be doubled as you will learn when you do and complete each chunk and again when you tie them up altogether.

  • Avoid taking on more than you can manage. As a college student, you will be bombarded with club and association invites not to mention parties and other social activities. Learn to manage this aspect without it affecting your study and revision time. Learn to say no to a few requests. Remember not to take on so much of daily activity that you feel exhausted at the end of the day and do not feel like studying.

Eat well, sleep well, and keep yourself physically and mentally fit – College is undoubtedly stressful and hence, you need your body and mind to be working at their full capacity as much as possible. For this, make sure you eat nutritious wholesome foods that energize you and avoid fatty and junk foods that enervate you. Except for occasional indulges, stick to healthy nutritious diet.

Get around 7-8 hours of sleep every night. I specifically said "night" because afternoon siesta and getting up late in the mornings do very little to perk you up. You must sleep well between eleven in the night till about six in the morning. Avoid late night parties especially during weekends. Late night parties and early morning classes are not great bedfellows; for you, the latter is more important than the former from a grade improvement perspective.

Ensure you indulge in some kind of physical activity for about 45 minutes to one hour every day. Play a sport, go walking, go running, go swimming, or do anything. But that amount of physical activity is critical to keep your body and mind healthy.

Make sure you take on some "extra" assignments – Difficult as this might seem, doing these extra assignments is a great way of engaging with your professors in the last minute. These extras are usually distributed sometime during the end of the semester and you could earn some extra credits for it. Your professor will appreciate your extra efforts and will look more benignly at your paper as he or she grades it!

Final Notes

At the beginning of each semester, make a promise to yourself that you will get an A at least in one subject in that semester. When you see that magical A on your transcript, it will change your perspective to life.

You will feel more embolden than before to try harder and achieve more As than one. Keep increasing the promise you make to yourself and watch your confidence grow each time you keep that promise.

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