How to get an A in class
As a student at Miami Dade College, one thing on our minds is how to keep our grades up. This can be a bit difficult to students who return to school as adults or when switching careers. It may seem as if some students are just ‘A ‘students and they are born that way, but they are not, they just plan on being that way. Planning is the most important thing you can do when taking a new class. For this plan to work, you need to keep several things in mind, like the class schedule, how grades are determined, the teacher’s style of teaching and your learning style. Normally, on the first day of class teachers hand out a chart that dates important assignments. If you are not provided one, you need to be sure to ask your teacher weekly so you can study ahead. Use your chart as a guide to determine what you will be studying and when, then mark it in a planner so you know what will be happening in each class ahead of time. Next, find out how your grade will be determined. Some professors only grade on tests; others grade homework, plus tests or papers. Knowing how much of your grade is based on either of these may give you a clue to the best methods for studying. Finally, you should try to figure out your teachers’ teaching style. If it doesn’t become clear within the first few classes talk to other students or ask your teacher directly. Make sure to keep notes. If you feel you are not able to keep up with the professor bring a recorder to go over things you cannot remember and later transfer them onto your notebook, which will then help you to increase your comprehension.
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