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SURVIVOR SERIES: SURVIVING THAT FINAL GRADE

For some of your classes, the moment that you enter the classroom can result in getting the vibe that you’ll struggle in that course for a variety of reasons. Reasons like the fact that the professor’s teaching style might not be relevant to your own or because of reasons relating to your interests, can all determine how you feel about the work you’re about to do. Here are some tips that you can use to potentially save your grades from plummeting. These tips can help you before your grades go down that disastrous landslide.

Avoid the storm and take heed to the tips below, NOW!

  1. Keep Contact. Contact your professor at the beginning of the course and follow up with them throughout the semester to maintain communication, just in case things become overwhelming. By establishing a connection you portray a willingness to learn and the effort necessary to trying. If things become overwhelmingly difficult, this can be a great way to open up lines of communication.
  2. Think Of Peers As Coworkers. Link up with a peer in class and review materials to study over the semester. This will also help you when test time comes. If you’re uncomfortable with the idea of a one-on-one, announce to the class that you are going to start a study group. Even an informal announcement can lead to great things as others will probably be in similar situations. Everyone can use a little help.
  3. Take Advantage of Your Learning Style. Reserve time to review presentations and look up things to help you manage your course’s material while still adhering to your specific learning style. Visual learners can look up graphics, images, or videos to help them understand concepts and study material more fluently. For auditory learners, reviewing with videos, carrying a conversation with a peer who isn’t in the course to teach them the material and get feedback on what that peer learned based on the knowledge that they already know, can help build foundations. These sorts of learners can read material out loud or listen to recordings that were recorded in class. Kinetic learners can create flash cards or form a memory game where they physically need to put terms and definitions together.
  4. Tutors Are For Everyone. Get a tutor to review and help with clarifying information before a test for better understanding. Head over to the tutoring center in Poucher to find help now.

Written by Jaydee Maldonado, Peer Educator & Riley Ackley, Lifestyles Center Intern

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