Keeping up with studying and boring academic policy can give you a headache. However, learning the rules are apart of being an adult. Unfortunately, most students only learn the rules and the little known facts when it’s too late: when they get in trouble for breaking them. Luckily, Preppy has identified four ways you can keep cool, keep out of trouble and keep your grades up.
1. Dropping and withdrawing from a class.
You have the ability to remove a class from you schedule if difficulty arises. Removing a class from your schedule during the 1st week of school is called dropping a class and doing this in the middle of the semester is called withdrawing. Dropping a class does not show up on your transcript. However, classes withdrawn from will be designated by a “W” instead of a grade on a transcript. Consult your academic adviser early on to decide if dropping or withdrawing from a class is the best alternative and will not interfere with your financial aid or academic status.
2. Preview before class.
Keeping up with a lecture can be overwhelming.You try to write big words neatly and quickly and translate what he/or she is saying all and attempt to understand all at the same time. You may think professors are racing trying cover alot of difficult material; however, they think that you spent a little time going over the basics so they do not have to cover the simple stuff. Previewing before class can make lectures go a little smoother. Previewing is NOT spending hours reading the chapter. Previewing is spending a little as 10 minutes watching a video, skimming and creating an outline. Try it and you’ll feel more confident and smarter in your classes.
3. GPA is calculated differently.
In high school, all of your classes were all weighed the same (with maybe the exception of honors classes). In college, some classes are given different credits depending on the number of hours you spend in class per week or the amount of effort. A walking class or a laboratory class may be 1 credit hour versus a chemistry course that may be 3 credit hours. An “A” in walking is not weighed the same as an “A” in chemistry. If you have an “A” in walking , a “B” in English and in History, and a “C” in both math and chemistry in college, your GPA is a 2.6. Whereas, having the same grades in high school will yield a 2.8 GPA. It may be a subtle difference, but when your GPA counts for so much in college 0.2 points really matters. Try this handy GPA calculator .
4. Class enrollment alternatives.
Scheduling courses is a juggling act.You may not get the classes you need or want. Instead becoming frustrated, students should inquire if their institution offers cross enrollment at nearby colleges and universities. This means you remain a student your university but you take a course somewhere else. Studying abroad also falls into this category.
Want more tips for success? Check out “5 Things No One Tells You When You Start College”