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Tips for Getting the Grades You Deserve (September, 20, 2022)

Written by Unnati Agarwal, Student Integrity Ambassador

As university begins, all students set their goals for the semester, with the most common one being “getting a good GPA”. Here are a few tips and strategies to help achieve your academic goals.

  1. Be present in Class (PHYSICALLY AND MENTALLY) – It is very important to go to class even if attendance is not mandatory. This helps you to understand the topics taught and reduces your study time. Moreover, it’s important to pay attention in class and be free of any distractions. It is recommended to keep your phone away and listen to what the professor is saying. Taking notes in class is a great way to remember what was taught.
  2. Do your homework (ON YOUR OWN) – Homework is usually a big part of your assignment grade and the easiest way to boost your overall grade. If you learn your course material after the class, treat your homework as a test and try to solve it on your own. This will not only give you exam practice, but also boost your confidence about the respective topic.
  3. Ask for help (THE RIGHT WAY) – If you are having difficulty with the course content or homework questions, the University at Buffalo has various resources that can help you. The best one would be going to your professor's office during hours and course recitations. If you are more comfortable with student tutors, many resources on campus provide free tutoring for UB students.
  4. Be consistent (DON’T CRAM BEFORE EXAMS) – In the same way, it is not possible to learn a new language in one day, it is not possible to ace an exam by just studying for a day. It is important that you learn the material taught in class the same week that it is taught because it will increase your retention capacity. Ideally, before exams, you should just be focused on revising the material and solving practice questions.
  5. Take a break (SELF-CARE) – Make sure you are not overburdening yourself and that you are taking out time to do the things you like. Some ways to de-stress include going out with your friends, joining clubs and activities, watching your favorite TV show, visiting family, and pursuing your hobbies. Taking a break will help you recover from stress and allow you to be more productive in the future.

Following these tips and strategies and a healthy routine can bring you one step closer to achieving your academic goals. Below is the link for helpful resources on campus that are available to all UB students.