A Simple Idea on How to Get Better Grades
Fellow students, if your GPA is south of 3.0, and you are looking for a way to raise it, perhaps this trick may help you because it has helped me. But first, let me emphasis I am slightly obsessive about monitoring the productiveness of my studying sessions because oftentimes, in the past, I felt like I should have been accomplishing more for the time I put into my work.
It was surprisingly not effective for me to follow the commonly expressed advice to use a timer and study in time intervals of 45 minutes with 15-minute breaks. I usually end up spending too much time clock-watching, or even worse, feeling a false sense of accomplishment based on the amount of time I had spent in the library. Like those who go to the gym and spend all their time socializing instead of lifting weights and don’t get stronger, the librarians and I were on a first name basis, but my GPA was still stuck at 3.0.
This semester, I invented my own way of studying and throughout this semester I am getting straight A’s. Although this may sound too simple, I have used beverages to gauge how effectively I am studying and moving through my material. For every academic accomplishment, I take a sip of my beloved cup of iced coffee, juice, or water (depending on the time of day).
But what is an academic accomplishment? I define an accomplishment as solving a multiple choice problem, as reading 5 slides of materials or 1 page of textbook material, or even proving why an answer is not the correct answer. By the time I swallow the last couple ounces of coffee I can be sure I have done a considerable amount of real, tangible work. My efficiency has improved as well as my confidence because now I feel like everyday I have an accurate idea of my productivity.
The best part about this technique is that I am no longer clock-watching and this technique has helped me to become absorbed in the material, and as a result, my productivity has skyrocketed. Instead of listening to the common suggestion of spending a certain amount of time on your homework and then quickly getting frustrated, how about you reach for your favorite beverage so you can stay hydrated, stop clock-watching, and most importantly- have a reliable way to gauge your actual progress.