How to keep a hold of your GPA

  1. I have a 3.5 GPA and a 4.) for my pre-requ's. I spoke with some second and third year nursing students in my BSN program. One girl said that she had a 4.0 before starting the nursing programs. She said that she felt like she had never worked harder for a C in her life. I want to become a midwife, but all the masters programs require a GPA of atleast 3.0....how on earth am I going to keep my grades up?
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  3. by   carolinapooh
    Quote from HeartsOpenWide
    I have a 3.5 GPA and a 4.) for my pre-requ's. I spoke with some second and third year nursing students in my BSN program. One girl said that she had a 4.0 before starting the nursing programs. She said that she felt like she had never worked harder for a C in her life. I want to become a midwife, but all the masters programs require a GPA of atleast 3.0....how on earth am I going to keep my grades up?

    Our dean at Duke gave us some good advice during orientation last week, which I've since taken to heart: you can't get opinions/experiences like that from someone else and take them as fact or as an indicator of what your own experience will be like. I hear stuff like that too and it scares me to death - but you can't REALLY be sure of WHAT her grades were (some people like to inflate themselves) and you can't really be sure of her study habits now - or how she's handling the program itself - you really don't know much of anything. Hang in there. They scare me a bit too - but remember, you're not them. We need to wait and see what it's going to be like for US. We need to remember to stay focused and stay organized, stay on top of all the reading we'll have to do, remember that instructors are valuable sources of information, work with our classmates to learn what we need to know...

    We'll be fine.
  4. by   Achoo!
    I was able to maintain a 4.0 in the first semester, this semester we'll see. I just stay focused and have a game plan and study schedule for each class. I haven't really done anything different than pre-req's aside from a few group study sessions.
  5. by   Lisa CCU RN
    I made the dean's list the first semester and I stil have above a 3.0. You can't base other people's experiences on what could possibly happen to you. Study a little everyday and not just before the test and try to read before class and review notes after and you can get an A.
  6. by   puggymae
    I completed an Associate Degree program, a BSN program, and an MSN program and with a 3.9 GPA - I studied studied studied, ignored what other students were complaining/whining/fighting about, and worried about myself and what I was doing. It was hard but I gave 110%+ everyday.
  7. by   HeartsOpenWide
    Thanks for the tips. I feel a little better. I just hope to do well!
  8. by   Josh L.Ac.
    We had a group of accelerated BSN students that were from the class ahead of us talk to us before orientation. One reoccuring theme from them was to not worry about getting all A's because they weren't able to do it. One girl even said she graduated with a 4.0 during her first bachelor's degree.


    Meanwhile, I organized the rest of my week on my PDA.



    I might not get all A's for the entire year of the program [which is my goal], but it will because I tried and failed...and it will have little to do with what those other students were saying. Even if one of those students had the exact same career path as me [which they did not], it is unlikely that we would both experience the same outcomes.


    If you want it, work for it. One thing many people like to do is to justify their inability to do something because of the situation. Maybe their school was very hard...who knows? But it still isn't very relevant to what you can and will do.

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