Now that Fall 2011 has come to end and grades have been posted, I think it’s appropriate to take a moment and reflect while we’re enjoying our Winter break. It is important for every student to know how he or she is doing in classes and make sure they keep their GPA in good standing. And many times it takes a self-realization on our part, as students, in order to make a change in our study habits.
I’ve always had a difficult time studying and I struggled with procrastination. LOL, there would be times when I’m trying to study and then suddenly I get this urge and start thinking “Hmm…I wonder what’s going on Facebook!”☺ I just never understood why I did that! Or sometimes, while reading my textbooks, I got so bored or distracted that I would immediately forget what I just read.
I find myself constantly thinking of ways to improve my study habits, which eventually helps my grades. This past semester was a big change for me. I focused a lot more on my work, did not procrastinate half as much, used my planner, went to the library and talked to my teachers during their office hours. Also, I was determined that this semester was going to be different, with a better outcome. About two semesters ago my GPA dropped drastically, so I realized I had to make changes and sacrifice a few things in order to be successful. And I ended up with a 3.8 GPA for Fall 2011. Unfortunately, my cumulative GPA is still a little low, but that’s o.k. I just need to stick to my new strategies.
Remember, if your grades aren’t what you’d like them to be, then it takes hard work, determination and sacrifice to improve. Also, you need to be honest- honest with yourself. Don’t lie to yourself and say, “Well, I’ve studied enough” just to satisfy your social life. Actually attempt to do more than your usual studying, take notes, and talk to your teacher about the material and try anything else that might help. When looking at your grades and if you’re not happy, make a change that will lead to a successful academic life. It’s hard work and it’s not going to happen over night, but trust me, it works!