*Your grade point average is your ticket to success in getting a job right out of college. What can you do to help ensure that your GPA is a solid one?
Make a plan and stick to it
*College life is remarkably different from high school. Teachers aren't around to remind you of the things you have to do, and the extracurricular and social activities for college students can quickly become overwhelming and time-consuming. You have to take charge of your own schedule, your own responsibilities, and your own schoolwork. Put together a calendar that lists all of your classes and class times, upcoming exams and papers that are due, and perhaps even schedule study times each week for each course. The grades you get depend solely on what you do yourself. Take control of your GPA from the get-go by making a plan for success and sticking to it.
Select the right courses, but not too many at once
*When you're planning out your college curriculum, you have a wide variety of choices available to you. There are standard curriculum courses that every student must take, but there are dozens more that you will select yourself. Be sure to pick classes that you think you can excel in, and that are interesting to you. Don't simply accept a "standard program" of courses picked out by your student advisor; take control of your education and put together a curriculum that you will do well with. You'll perform better and make better grades if you select classes that stimulate you and keep your interest. But be sure not to overload yourself. Although some students think they should take as many hours as allowed by the school, doing so can easily cause you to fail. A good rule of thumb is to take no more than five courses each semester, and focus on one major degree. Every major degree program requires at least 10 to 12 specific courses, so loading yourself with classes you're forced to attend can wreck your GPA.
Be present and pay attention...