Secret to Great Grades: Tip #2 - Attend 100% of Your Classes

Attending 80% of your classes isn’t good enough. Attending 90% of your classes isn’t good enough. If this shocks you, good! After meeting with 8,000 students I can tell you for a fact that nothing short of 100% class attendance should be acceptable in your eyes. Besides, why would you pay for something you aren’t going to use? The truth is that professors cover too much material and move too quickly for you to miss any classes. Take charge and attend all of your classes.

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Furthermore, if you are an auditory learner, attend a second or third time. What do I mean? Every laptop has a very good microphone on it, so record the lecture. If you want to get even more sophisticated, you can use the MS Word notebook feature which syncs the audio with your note-taking.

You can do the same with an iPad app like Notability will sync the audio with your notes as well. If you want to get even more sophisticated and combine hand-written notes with capturing audio AND making your notes digital, purchase a LiveScribe SmartPen; it syncs your hand-written notes with live audio, and then digitizes your hand-written notes and sticks them into Evernote. (Wow!)

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Secret to Great Grades: Tip #1 - Train Like an Athlete

Many students have confessed to me that they do well on everything in their courses but their exams. There are three main reasons to explain this:

1.    College and university level courses have far more weight placed on the final exam than high school classes.

2.     High school students are not used to comprehensive exams, that is, where an entire term or year of material is tested.

3.     Secondary school tests use regurgitation to measure understanding whereas college and university examinations use comprehension and analysis to measure a student’s understanding of the material.

As a result, students are not properly trained for their final exams. What is the trick to doing well on exams? The answer is train like an athlete. 

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An athlete looks at the long-term goal and establishes a routine and discipline to accomplish that goal. For a university or college student this is achieved by fulfilling these steps:

  • Commit time (a minimum of 2 hours of study for every hour of lecture).
  • Commit to 100% class attendance.
  • Strive for 100% completion of the class readings.

Begin to build your level of concentration to mimic an exam setting. You can’t expect to concentrate during a three hour exam if you haven’t trained for it. Increasing your ability to concentrate for long periods of time takes practice. Start your training early in your academic career and you will be pleasantly surprised how good of shape your brain is when it comes to the final exam.

So if you start your training in the first month of your first term of your first year, lay a solid foundation, be consistent in your work ethic, and commit to the training model, you will find yourself one step closer to academic success.

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