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8 Ways to Boost Your GPA

March 17, 2016 | More Tips

As you near the homestretch of the spring semester, tests will become more challenging, assignments will seem never ending, and all of your hard work will be summed up into one grade. The task may seem daunting, but if you keep focused and apply these eight tips you can boost your GPA, and finish the semester strong in the process!

Follow These 8 Tips to Boost Your GPA

  1. Outline the big picture. When you’re in the thick of the semester, it’s easy to lose track. Give yourself some perspective by outlining everything that you need to do for each class. Then, create a calendar that shows when your projects are due. Don’t forget, it’s not enough to mark down exam dates, schedule study time. Always allow at least two weeks to prepare for exams.
  1. Ask for help. Whether studying for a test or writing an essay, you don’t need to do it alone. Visit an Academic Success Center (ASC) at the North, Central, or South Campus and you’ll receive assistance from our experts. The ASC offers study groups, academic support labs, professional tutoring, and online tutoring through SmartThinking.com. You also can visit the ASC whenever you need a computer, printer, graphic calculator, textbook, or study area.
  1. Stay organized. If you followed tip number one, you’ve already outlined everything you need to do. Now, it’s time to keep track and make sure nothing gets forgotten. By using free online project management and calendar tools, you can increase your organization and boost your productivity, helping you spend time on what matters most.
  1. Meet your librarian. While the ASC offers a number of valuable resources, libraries still play a vital role in education. Your librarian can tell you where to find the information you need, whether it’s a book to help you study for finals, or a scholarly journal for your final term paper. Stop by your campus library and meet the librarian, and get help finding the ideas and materials you need to get ahead.
  1. Get your z’s. No matter how hard you study and work, you need to get sleep in order to learn effectively and retain information.

The importance of sleep isn’t just anecdotal; a study from Harvard found that “the quantity and quality of sleep have a profound impact on learning and memory,” and “research suggests that sleep helps learning and memory in two distinct ways.” Sleep not only affects you by helping you stay alert and focused while learning, but the act of sleeping helps consolidate memory, which is necessary to retain new information.

  1. Stay healthy to increase stamina. Sleep also plays a large role in overall health, which is another important factor to learning and performing well on tests. In addition to sleeping, it’s important to eat healthy and exercise daily as a way to rejuvenate your mind and increase your focus on school.
  1. Get involved. While it’s important to hit the books, there are a number of other important aspects to the school experience that can help build a well-rounded resume and indirectly improve your GPA. You can learn through service and volunteering by joining clubs and organizations. Your experiences can help you meet new people, enjoy new experiences, and form your thought process when working on tests and assignments.
  1. Have fun, but keep education your top priority. While academics should be your main concern, overwhelming yourself with school stress is counterproductive to reaching your goals. Once you’ve put in study hours, it’s okay to relax and have some fun. In fact, relaxation may be just what you need when finals arrive.

Now that you know eight ways to boost your GPA, put these tips to use. If you have additional suggestions we may have missed, let us know on Twitter @BrowardCollege #BrowardBoost.

 

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