I was never a straight A student but I was a hard working girl. In high school, I never got anything lower than a B. In college, I only had one C in my life. So, what are some ways that you can work smarter to get that GPA?
REVIEW EVERY NIGHT
Instead of cramming the night before, the best way to learn something is to review what you recently learned at night. You don't have to spend countless hours reviewing, but you need to go through your notes and understand each step along the way while it is fresh in your mind. This will make studying for the next midterm easier since you understand the concepts instead of just memorizing.
GO (AND LISTEN) DURING DISCUSSION HOURS
I know it's hard to go to discussion. It's late at night. It's in a different building. You can make a ton of excuses but I will let you know that it is one of the most beneficial hours you can go to. Here the professor is not just lecturing you and loading you up with information you don't understand, but a place where questions are welcomed. Not only questions from you but questions from your peers. I realized a lot of the exam questions can come from discussions since the professor knows students don't usually attend. So go and participate!
DO YOUR HOMEWORK
Just because homework is not always graded doesn't mean you shouldn't do it. Actually, because homework is not graded, it is more likely that the exam questions will be based off of the homework. Meaning, the homework is a major way for you to understand the material on the exams. Make sure you make ample time to get your homework done beforehand so that you can ask questions if you don't understand a problem.
I love book planners. They are so pretty. But I know that functionally it is easier to keep a planner in my google calendar. Whichever your preference is, make sure you start and keep a planner. Being organized will help you figure out what is important to prioritize and keep your head in the game when you start seeing yourself procrastinate.
Pomodoro Timer is an app you can use on computers (iOS and PC). You can change the increments to 25 minutes to focus on the task at hand and a 5 minute break after you worked for the selected time. I love this app. When I see myself procrastinating, all I do is turn on the app and within 5 minutes, I am in the zone and you can't get me away from the screen as I am fiercely working. Sometimes I'll even skip the break because I forget the timer is even on. This is a godsend for individuals who have a hard time concentrating.
Ah.. young college students. I know it's tempting to stay up all night with your friends talking about life and enjoying each other's company, but on week nights the only thing you should be doing is getting shut eye. When you go to class the next day and you didn't have a good night's rest, no amount of coffee is going to keep you alert when listening to your monotoned professor talk about the derivative of a 3 dimensional object. So do yourself a favor and get at least 6 - 8 hours of sleep a day.
The app, not your own self control. As young adults, it is hard to create your own self control. But with an app like this, it will force the self control right back into you. When I was in college, this app was my jam during crunch time. How to use it? You create a blacklist with all the websites you know you shouldn't be on (i.e. youtube, instagram, tumblr, pinterest, facebook, etc.). Whenever you turn on this app you will be prompted to set a time limit. For that amount of time, you will not be able to get onto any of those websites. Now, you can concentrate... unless you use your friend's computer.
Good luck studying!