How to Raise Your GPA
1. Go to Class (and sit in the front!) – Skipping class can make you look bad in the eyes of your professor, and if attendance counts, going to class is an easy way to bump up your grade. That being said, merely going to class isn’t enough. If you’re going to commit to being there, then be there both physically and mentally! Sitting in the front forces you to pay attention, avoid texting, and helps stop you from falling asleep. You may actually find the lecture interesting if you’re alert and really paying attention.
2. Go to Office Hours – A great way to let a professor know that you care about the class (and your grade) is by showing up to office hours. By doing this, the professor will not only learn your name, but (s)he will also learn that you are willing to make an effort in the class. They may remember this when deciding whether to bump you up to an A from an A-!
3. Participate – If you’re shy, it can be difficult to participate in class, but participating is a great way to show your professor that you’re engaged and learning about the topic. It also increases the chances that you will remember material from class to class.
4. Develop a Note Taking System that Works – Different professors have different teaching styles. Some lecture using power point slides and some depend on handouts or textbooks. Differences in teaching style may cause you to change the way in which you take notes depending on the class. The best way to handle this is to develop a note-taking system that works with each professor’s teaching style.Many feel that taking notes by hand helps in remembering the material since it aids memorization!
5. Stay Organized – Getting organized is one of the easiest ways to raise your GPA. When you’re organized, you automatically reduce the amount of time and effort that it takes to do well in your classes. Things you should organize (besides your thoughts) include: your class schedule, notes, study time, reading assignments, etc.
6. Don’t Study in Your Room – Your own room isn’t the best place to study for a many reasons. It’s way too easy to get distracted by roommates, visitors, your bed, etc., and it may not be quiet since you are sharing it with other people. Your study time would be more productive if you use Bobst, Kimmel, or any of the many NYU buildings that offer study lounges (2nd, 3rd, and 4th floor of Founders!) as well as tons of great coffee shops around the city. If you keep a consistent study place, every time you enter that building your mind will shift into work mode and stay there until you decide to leave.
7. Sleep – Although it’s good to spend a fair amount of time studying before a test, it’s just as important to get enough rest. All nighters do not work, but instead can make you irritable and prone to forgetting information. Sleep improves concentration, solidifies what you have learned and improves your ability to organize and recall what you’ve studied. Poor performance in school can often be directly linked to sleep deprivation.