JMJ 31 *Professors are eager to help students who are looking for direction in their studies. They spent many years in higher education to learn how to teach and assist students in becoming successful. Take advantage of that.
Ring the School Bell 31/180 days
Why am I speaking of getting good grades in college while my oldest is still in high school? Because many high school students nowadays have the opportunity to take classes at the junior college while in high school. Also, this narrative definitely applies to any high school class or other organized class as well.
Sabrina, oh so wants A’s, in her college classes. She is used to getting practically straight A’s in school, as she basically studies a concept until she gets it right. She did fairly well on her first English 101 essay, barring her disaster with citing sources, but wants to improve on her next one. Her drive for excellence led her to taking the initiative to contact her college professor to meet with him and discuss her current project, as nervous as she was about doing this.
And so we drove to the desert-like Canyon Country campus where the professor has his office hours. The professor, comically sporting an orange tie and green vest, was more than pleased to share his expertise.
Not only did she receive excellent advice, but we discovered something that is very advantageous to students who care about their grades.
Here it is, how to get a good grade in your college class, besides studying and actually going to the class.
It is so simple.
Go visit the professor during office hours.
The professor is an underused resource at the college.
Not many people visit their professors. They want to help.
Don’t be intimidated by their teacher status.
If the office hours are not convenient, at least use email.
Sabrina’s professor was so happy to critique Sabrina’s essay, advice that ultimately led her to receiving an excellent grade in the class.
Here are ten insightful tips by Randall S. Hansen, Ph.D., a college professor. As quoted by Dr. Hansen, “As a college professor, I am often asked for my advice on how students can get better grades. And after a couple of years of refining my ideas, I have developed these 10 tips.”
*dandelion photo by Melissa T
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** Note to the Reader- Today’s narrative is part of our family’s school journey from a few years ago, during my eldest daughter’s senior year in high school, a rather emotional year, with its many ups and downs. Every day’s blog entry coincides with a day from that special year. It can be read from the beginning by selecting the “Ring the School Bell 180” category on the side bar. Commence with the narrative, “The School Bell- What comes to mind when ‘you’ hear that bell?” and follow along with us day-by-day through the school year. Hope you will join us!
May God shower blessings on your family as he has on mine. Annette