5 Steps To Success In That Difficult Fall Semester Class You Signed Up For
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5 Steps To Success In That Difficult Fall Semester Class You Signed Up For

Organic Chemistry, Calculus, or anything involving big exams can prove their own difficulties, but can also not completely drop your gpa with the help of these easy steps.


When it comes to classes in college, they are not always an easy A. You may find yourself spending hours and hours trying to absorb class content, but to no avail. Every student is different in where they shine, whether it be with tests or projects. But the key to success can be found in just a few simple steps, and some may be more obvious than others.

1. If you have a question, search for the answer first.

With any class and life in general, you will always have questions. Whether it's for clarification on an assignment or the best way to approach a given situation, always always ALWAYS try to find the answer for yourself first. The first question a professor will ask is "what did you do that didn't/isn't working?"

2. Ask for help.

If you don't end up finding the answer in your search, asking for help is the next best option. Talking to your peers about their approach and problem solving or speaking with the professor during his/her office hours can help you with current and future projects as well.

3. Get a good night's rest.

College can be fun with the number of events offered at all hours of the night. However, sleeping is SO important when it comes to getting that desirable GPA that you can be proud of. I'm definitely guilty of pulling a few all-nighters to finish a project or last-minute assignment that I procrastinated on, but too many of those can really hurt your attention and focus in class. Everyone is different, but having six to eight hours at a minimum is crucial for success.

4. Collaborate with another classmate.

Working with and comparing notes with another peer can help more than you can imagine. Seeing how another person's mind works and solves problems allows you to learn better and see whatever problem you may be dealing with in a different light.

5. Don't overwork yourself!

Not every class is going to be a walk in the park, but stressing too much and working so hard that you aren't actually absorbing any knowledge will not be beneficial in the end. Staying organized, trying your best to find an answer to any given problem, and taking a deep breath can do a lot when dealing with a class that isn't the easiest. Go for a walk. Take a 20-minute break. Just don't find yourself staring at your textbook or computer for hours on end without taking a breather.

No matter what the class is, just know that you are not alone and can always seek out help if needed. Some professors are more helpful than the next, but other students that are in or have had the class before may be able to offer some tips and tricks to success. The best thing to do when dealing with a difficult class is to never stress too much about it because that's what will make you lose focus and feel like you can't do it. Having confidence that you can conquer any obstacle and problem will help you accomplish so much in future classes, and life in general. Ask questions. Seek help. And never forget that you can do anything, as long as you set your mind to it.

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