Introduction: How to Attain a 4.0 GPA in College (Or Perform Relatively Well)

This instructable will explain the process of how to perform excellently in college

Step 1: Be Active in Class

Clarification on the subjects being studied is necessary to succeed. Ask as many questions as you need to feel comfortable and caught up. The classroom is the primary venue where you have your professor at your whim, so it is imperative that you utilize their intelligence of the subject. Pay attention when your classmates ask questions, for they might be similar to your concerns. Do not goof or slack off, too. College education is a privilege, and to add to that, you would not want to fall behind.

Step 2: Connect With Professors

As stated in the previous tip, you must utilize your professor’s knowledge of the subject. Also, the professor is the keeper of your grade, so becoming familiar with him/her should be accomplished. Make sure you are cognizant of the office hours of your professors. Meeting them during their office hours alerts your professors of your dedication, and is beneficial when you need clarification on something. Establishing a connection with your instructor will prove to be fruitful beyond the semester. Professors are those who write letters and recommendations to companies when you are trying to get an internship, so it is suggested that you befriend your teachers, especially those associated with your major

Step 3: Network

For some people, networking is not so comfortable, but it is quite a resourceful activity. Linking up with peers is a large aspect of any level of education, and it is necessary. Your colleagues are a lifeline. When you need help outside of class, your classmates are a good resort. Getting homework done with peers is easier than working alone, and your fellow students can help you with any problems you are having in a class. You may have a skill that your peer can use, and they might have a skill which may be to your advantage. Even when you need some questions answered as to where to get something done, colleagues can give aid.

Step 4: Prioritize

Prioritizing is essential in college. To prioritize is to understand what comes before the other, in all terms. You should work on the assignments which are due earliest first, and work up. Those large assignments which are due after an extended period of time should not be procrastinated upon. Overall, you should put your work first. When it comes to clubs and student organizations, they come after your personal issues.

Step 5: Make a Schedule

Tentatively distributing your work throughout the day is critical in accomplishing what you need to, when you need to. When you physically write down what needs to be completed, you establish a mental connection with your work. This helps you be aware of when to work on what assignments. Many a times, you will simply think and assume you understand, but too late into your day you realize the other work that slipped your mind.  This mistake can be crucial, causing you fall behind. Best thing to do would be to jot down your assignments and their due dates, and be conscious of the appropriate time to complete them.

Step 6: Get Work Done

This step is one of the most vital in attaining a 4.0. No one else will do what you have to get done. Even when you assume that you may have nothing else remaining, rethink of all the work which is not due immediately. Always satisfy the expectations of your assignment at the least. You actually should be striving to exceed the expectations all the time, and be completed early enough to be able to do so. Even when your work leaks into the late night, you must persist and finish your assignments; you will feel accomplished after it is all over.

Step 7: Study

Apart from completing assignments, studying is a vital aspect of college life. Simply doing the work is not enough. You may even not have any homework to do, but studying for exams is essential for attaining great grades. Studying and reviewing the material furthers your understanding of the subject. This applies more with math, history and the sciences, though not limited to these disciplines. Knowing how to study effectively is a necessary trait that not all possess, and varies depending on the subject. Studying with classmates is also helpful, but to study in general is key.

Step 8: Write Out Your Goals

Writing your goals down helps you to remember them, and being conscious of your aspirations is the first step. In your everyday actions, your goals will be in perspective and progress will be made on completion of them. Goals should be set for the week, month, semester and year, and should not be ridiculous, but rational and evoking of your full potential. Simply pondering about what you wish to do is not enough. You should place this list of goals somewhere it can be seen everyday. After some time, after goals have been achieved, you should update your list. It has been proven that writing down your goals makes a greater chance that they will be achieved.

Step 9: Party Sparingly

College is not just about doing work, though. College is meant to be the time of your life, the four-year experience that you will never forget. Focusing solely on your work is not sound. Focusing only on the weekend is not good either. Everyone needs to enjoy themselves sometimes, so partying is acceptable to an extent. Going to a party is not the only method of blowing off steam, though. It may be playing a game, going to the movies, or just hanging with some friends.

Step 10: Stay True to Yourself

If you truly desire to perform exceptionally, you will do only what you want and need to, when you want or need to. You will not get pressured to go anywhere when you are busy, or do anything you are not comfortable with. This time away could be used to study. Also, you must be confident in yourself to achieve the 4.0 GPA. You must be authentic to your values, through your thoughts and actions. If you allow yourself to doubt your potential and capabilities, you will not succeed. This is college, so there is no margin for error.