The Key to Getting Good Grades in College

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.

Sabrina at college

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.”

A final thought of Dr. Hansen points out my own advice above, to visit the professor for assistance, “Following these guidelines should help your grades immensely, but here is one other tip. Remember to think of your professors as your allies, not your enemies.  And if not your allies, at least your partners. Our goal is for every student to learn and master the materials in the course.”
I always tell my daughters to do their best, to get the best grade that they can.

*dandelion photo by Melissa T

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** Note to the Reader- Today’s narrative is an excerpt 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.

May God shower blessings on your family as he has on mine.    Annette




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