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Graduating college with a high GPA will look impressive to graduate school admissions and future employers, and sometimes having a high GPA is a requirement if you receive financial assistance from your school. Fortunately, it's definitely possible to keep your grades up in college without feeling stressed all the time or sacrificing fun. To help you out, we've made a list of the best, most effective tips for maintaining a high GPA throughout your college career.

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  1. Focus on what you want to achieve.[1] This is most important. If a 4.0 is your number one priority, you will get it. This means you will have to be prepared to sacrifice things such as going out with friends, keeping up with your favorite television shows, and sometimes sleeping.
    • Use Steven Covey's "Theory of Prioritization" as a jumping-off point. Covey encourages students to divide their work into 4 categories: urgent and important; urgent and not important; non-urgent and important; and non-urgent and not important.[2]
    • Immediate, pending assignments are considered urgent and important; long-term projects and advanced studying are considered non-urgent and important; distractions and interruptions are considered urgent and not important; and time-wasting activities are considered non-urgent and not important.[3]
    • Ideally, try to finish your assignments while they're still not-urgent and important.[4]
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    Is it bad to ask for extensions?
    Alexander Ruiz, M.Ed.
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    Alexander Ruiz is an Educational Consultant and the Educational Director of Link Educational Institute, a tutoring business based in Claremont, California that provides customizable educational plans, subject and test prep tutoring, and college application consulting. With over a decade and a half of experience in the education industry, Alexander coaches students to increase their self-awareness and emotional intelligence while achieving skills and the goal of achieving skills and higher education. He holds a BA in Psychology from Florida International University and an MA in Education from Georgia Southern University.
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    Not necessarily! It really depends on what your end goal is. You should have a good reason for asking for an extension, such as not understanding the material or wanting more time to complete the assignment more precisely.
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    How can I be a good online student?
    Alexander Ruiz, M.Ed.
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    Alexander Ruiz is an Educational Consultant and the Educational Director of Link Educational Institute, a tutoring business based in Claremont, California that provides customizable educational plans, subject and test prep tutoring, and college application consulting. With over a decade and a half of experience in the education industry, Alexander coaches students to increase their self-awareness and emotional intelligence while achieving skills and the goal of achieving skills and higher education. He holds a BA in Psychology from Florida International University and an MA in Education from Georgia Southern University.
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    Stay engaged during your online classes. Turn on your webcam during class so your teacher knows that you're paying attention, and resist the temptation to zone out and get distracted.
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    You have to keep asking questions until you're no longer confused. You may even have to ask to the point of embarrassing yourself, but if it's important enough to you, that may be what you have to do. Keep in mind that there are probably other students who are confused, too. They are probably grateful that you're asking questions.
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      Tips

      • Pay attention in class.
      • Stay on track with your amount of absences. Those also count against your grade!
      • Balance fun and studying! Being stressed out all the time is not healthy.
      • Keep an eye on your grades.
      • See a counselor if you find yourself becoming depressed.
      • Have some "information cards" with you. Just write information you need (Test,studying,etc) and study with them on the go.
      • Utilize the school library. Study rooms will isolate you from the world's distractions and allow you to better focus on your assignments. One hour of work completed in the library is the equivalent of three hours in the dorm room.
      • Join a study group.
      • Learn to work with perfectionism.
      • Pick a major that plays to your strengths. For example, a chemistry major who loves that field of study may work a lot less and be more successful than other students who chose the major for different reasons.
      • Make sure your professors stick with the grading terms they gave on the syllabus. Contact the appropriate authorities if they don't follow the terms they set. However, if it is not the end of the year do not alienate your professor.
      • Keep yourself mentally and physically fit.
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      1. Alexander Ruiz, M.Ed.. Academic Tutor. Expert Interview. 18 June 2020.
      2. Alexander Ruiz, M.Ed.. Academic Tutor. Expert Interview. 18 June 2020.
      3. Alexander Ruiz, M.Ed.. Academic Tutor. Expert Interview. 18 June 2020.
      4. Alexander Ruiz, M.Ed.. Academic Tutor. Expert Interview. 18 June 2020.
      5. https://www.attendanceworks.org/chronic-absence/the-problem/10-facts-about-school-attendance/
      6. https://learningcenter.unc.edu/tips-and-tools/studying-101-study-smarter-not-harder/
      7. https://learningcenter.unc.edu/tips-and-tools/studying-101-study-smarter-not-harder/
      8. https://www.prospects.ac.uk/applying-for-university/university-life/how-to-balance-work-and-study

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      This article was co-authored by Alexander Ruiz, M.Ed.. Alexander Ruiz is an Educational Consultant and the Educational Director of Link Educational Institute, a tutoring business based in Claremont, California that provides customizable educational plans, subject and test prep tutoring, and college application consulting. With over a decade and a half of experience in the education industry, Alexander coaches students to increase their self-awareness and emotional intelligence while achieving skills and the goal of achieving skills and higher education. He holds a BA in Psychology from Florida International University and an MA in Education from Georgia Southern University. This article has been viewed 290,537 times.
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