Finishing Strong

The semester is coming to an end, so finishing strong is on every students mind right now. Be sure to follow these tips to keep your grades on good terms & be sure to apply them to your next semester.

12 Insider Secrets of Getting Good Grades In College

How to Get Good Grades- WikiHow

 

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Benefits of Your College’s Library

 

The library will most likely be your best friend in college. I use it for a quite place for studying, a place to rest between classes on my longer breaks, and research paper resources. But here are some other ways you can get the most out of your library both in and out of it.

Tips for Using College Library Resources and the Web

Why College Students Choose to Use Library Resources

Teachers vs Professors

At the beginning of a semester you may here your Professor say something like the following :

First, I am your professor, not your teacher. There is a difference. Up to now your instruction has been in the hands of teachers, and a teacher’s job is to make sure that you learn… However, things are very different for a university professor. It is no part of my job to make you learn. At university, learning is your job — and yours alone. My job is to lead you to the fountain of knowledge. Whether you drink deeply or only gargle is entirely up to you.” – Keith Parsons (University of Houston – Clear Lake-Daily Nous)

Teachers in high school were trained and certified to educate. Professors spent the best years of their lives on the borders of human knowledge , and then became a professor based on their prowess in their research and at the end of the day most don’t care if you end up showing up to class because they will get paid regardless and are not reliant on thir students’ grades unlike teachers are. It is your responsibility you choose the right professor and your responsibility to make sure you go to class because odds are your hand won’t be held by your instructor like it was in high school.

Don’t forget to use RateMyProfessors to get the best professor possible.

Textbooks

Getting your textbooks can be one of the most pricey thing you do at the beginning of the semester so you want to make sure you’re on top of it. Personally I find renting textbooks to be the most plausible way. However you can also purchase a new copy or purchase a new one, but I only recommend this if you know it will be a book you use even after the class is completed.

Check out these sites for some great textbook deals!

Time Management

Timing is everything in college. A good rule of thumb for classes is for every hour spent in class expect to spend another hour and a half outside of it doing work. Often times you might find yourself overwhelmed with papers to write, chapters to read, or presentations to make so be sure to not be a procrastinator and write down your assignments to help you stay organized.  If you would like click here  or  here for some useful tips on time management.

Attendance

Poor attendance often results in failure of a course. Remember, you’re the one who’s paying to go to school so don’t set yourself up failure by just not showing up.
In high school missing a day did not have many repercussions but in college missing one class can be comparable to missing a whole week especially if the class only meets 1-2 times a week.

Here is some more tips to keep you on the right track:

Importance of Advisory

Having a good relationship with your adviser is essential to having a good college experience. However, the larger the school the harder it will be to schedule an appointment. Advisers are paid to help you. Advisers will provide you with the best information regarding any concern.

Here is a free service offered to pre-college students that is centered around advising you no matter what college you go to. The College Advisor

Don’t forget you can always use Rate My Professor to get an early idea of what your adviser is like.