Study Smart – 4 Simple Tips to Get Straight A’s

Study Smart - 4 Simple Tips to Get Straight A's - Guest Blog by Rachelle Wilber | JLV College Counseling Blog

Getting good grades is important for all students. Grades play a huge role in the admissions process when high school students are applying to college. High achieving college students can get more opportunities for research, recommendations, and introductions for opportunities after graduation. Rachelle Wilber gives us some tips on getting A’s in in this guest blog. Plus, her tips are helpful for retaining the information instead of memorizing the materials for tests and then forgetting it after the class is done.

Guest blog by Rachelle Wilber

Graduating with straight A’s not only speaks well of academic prowess, but also reveals the kind of dedication that all employers look for in potential employees. While maintaining that 4.0 GPA may seem intimidating, there are several practical steps that you can take that will bring the goal closer. Beside diligent and creative study, try incorporating the following tips to see straight A’s on your next transcript.

Absolutely No Cramming

This does not inherently mean no procrastination. Who has not taken the occasional afternoon to enjoy the sun? What it means is that you schedule time every week to study for each class. It means that when midterms come up you only have to review – not hard core studying. And it means that finals week has you enjoying more free time and straight A’s instead of cramming and stressing.

Know Your Limits

When it comes time to choose classes, make sure that the load is manageable. Taking steps out of your comfort zone and challenging yourself are a healthy part of any academic experience, but in the end overloading yourself will leave you with a negative experience and less than straight A’s.

Create a Schedule

Continuing on the topic of schedules, it is beyond important to find options that fit your individual needs. Suppose you are a nursing student seeking an online master’s of nursing while working full time in the local nursing home. In that case, online schooling would have incredible benefits. Regardless of your situation, be open to options – whether those be traditional or non-traditional – that will allow you to reach your greatest potential and that 4.0 GPA.

Refer to the Syllabus

This is the simplest of all simple steps, yet one that far too many students somehow overlook or undervalue. It is natural and human to miss a deadline or two, but one of the best ways to ensure an A is to do all of the work, and one of the best ways to do all of the work is to understand in advance what the course includes and make practical reminders for yourself of upcoming deadlines. It is really not that hard.

There are no shortcuts to achieving difficult goals,but certain steps will get you much closer than others. Try incorporating one or all four of these ideas into your routine next semester. You will be surprised and pleased by how well they work.

Guest Post by Rachelle Wilber | JLV College Counseling BlogRachelle Wilber is a freelance writer living in the San Diego, California area. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. She tries to find an interest in all topics and themes, which prompts her writing. When she isn’t on her porch writing in the sun, you can find her shopping, at the beach, or at the gym. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook






2 Comments on “Study Smart – 4 Simple Tips to Get Straight A’s

  1. Thanks for sharing these excellent study tips, Jessica! Such accurate pieces of advice for those who are willing to get A’s.

    Students tend to consider deadlines as something terrifying, but you are completely right about “the simplest of all simple steps.” The only thing that should be done is schedule. And the next step is following that very schedule.

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