How to get an "A" in any course. - page 2

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It’s that time again, the prerequisite and nursing school boards will be filling with new fall students. The most common questions I see are usually people feeling worried about some of the “harder” classes associated with the... Read More


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    Quote from ThePrincessBride
    The most important thing I have learned, and been told by professors, is to come to class! You won't believe how many students skip out on class and lose EASY points. Some of the points were easy quizzes based on the readings and homework. One of my classmates asked what I got my test (this was a very basic math course). I got a 96 and he got a 68. He said he didn't know why he wasn't doing well in the class. Geeze, maybe it is because you miss a bunch of classes (and quiz points too!) and when you DO show up, you are forty-five minutes to an hour late. At one point, I thought he dropped out of the class, but then he showed up for the final....thirty minutes late.

    So really, guys, attendance is VERY important. If nothing else, go to lecture and pay attention! I consider going to class part of "studying" as well as learning and make it a point to NEVER miss a class. In addition, always meet up with the professor if you have any questions. Better to get those issues sorted NOW than the day of the test!
    I noticed that too in my Medical Microbiology class: a whole bunch of students around me were wondering just how far up the professor was going to bump their mark, none of them had more than 55% in the class. One of them had a 46 and was wondering if he was going to give her a 50 for a pass or the 55 she needed for a nursing prereq pass. Meanwhile, she'd spent the previous 4 classes googling camping and white water rafting in B.C. and leaving half way thru class with the rest of her compadres saying that she'd "wasted enough time here". Hmmm, maybe instead of hoping you get bumped up 9% (never heard of that happening anyway), you should just show up, listen, stay for the whole class and earn your lousy 55% so you don't have to take the class again! Should have seen her face when he clarified what he meant by 'bumping up': 1 percent for the next letter grade, 2 percent for the nursing pass of 55% and 4% to a 50% pass!!!! lol

    I know I'm 'old', but I never saw students regularly showing up late or leaving early or only showing up for tests when I did my B.Sc. and of course, no one had laptops or smart phones so there was no surfing the web or texting: if you were in class, probably the most interesting thing going on was the professor talking.
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    Quote from Mandy0728
    Chelsea! Very good advice! Honestly, my favorite part was when you said you're biggest growth was not caring what others thought about you & you didn't care if you were the obnoxious girl in class asking questions. I'm so jealous & would really like to get over that stupid fear. I mean, why should I care what others think? I'm trying to understand the material & get all As!
    You are paying for college. Because it is such an expense, I always want to get the most for my money. That's why I ask questions. I'm paying for it and I want to explore, connect, and question the content thrown at me. Get the most for your money!
    Last edit by missmollie on Aug 5, '13 : Reason: spelling
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    Quote from Billy11
    Hi Chelsea13,

    Thank you for your post! For my nursing program we have teacher written study guides pertaining to each unit/lecture; in your opinion would you recommend completing the study guides prior to the lectures?

    Billy,
    If you can finish the study guides before hand (without having had listened to lecture) I'd say it could only help you, but don't stress yourself out if you can't or find that you're having to redo them afterwords anyway. I think a good approach with most study guides is to use them to pick out what will be important in lecture and guide your study/preview time with them. You can then do the study guides as "homework" during your review to seal in all the info. In my opinion, you can never be over prepared for lecture, the more you know going in the more you're going to take away from class, details that you may have missed otherwise had you been trying to get the big picture!
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    Missmollie & Pipestone,
    CAN NOT AGREE MORE WITH BOTH OF YOU!
    All in caps agreement!
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    This is honestly the best advice! I can't tell you how many times I was the ONLY person talking and engaging with the professor in a lecture room of 90+ people. What I've figured out is by asking questions and talking with the professor, the professor tends to tailor the class to your learning. Not all the times, but enough that I continue to be successful. Also - reviewing notes after class (even rewriting notes in their entirety, either from laptop to notebook, or notebook to laptop) is imperative.
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    Bookmarked. I'll need all the help I can get in a few weeks when school starts.
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    Excellent advice!
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    I think one of the BEST things you can do is get yourself organized with a planner. I took 17 credits last fall, with some heavy-duty pre-reqs and got a 4.0 in all. It was due to staying organized. I can't stress it enough. Get a planner, fill in all test dates, quiz dates, homework dates, labs, etc. Then allot study time for each course. Break it into small chunks throughout the week. It's amazing out you can handle a huge course load when you're organized
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    Quote from SopranoKris
    I think one of the BEST things you can do is get yourself organized with a planner. I took 17 credits last fall, with some heavy-duty pre-reqs and got a 4.0 in all. It was due to staying organized. I can't stress it enough. Get a planner, fill in all test dates, quiz dates, homework dates, labs, etc. Then allot study time for each course. Break it into small chunks throughout the week. It's amazing out you can handle a huge course load when you're organized
    Yup! I had 18 credits this past spring & got a 4.0 and besides studying everyday, I owe it to my planner! I have 17 credits for fall & got a bigger planner( the size of a regular spiral notebook) and there's so much space for all my classes. I'm so excited & happy I'm so organized, because I wouldn't survive school otherwise!
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    Quote from Mandy0728
    Yup! I had 18 credits this past spring & got a 4.0 and besides studying everyday, I owe it to my planner! I have 17 credits for fall & got a bigger planner( the size of a regular spiral notebook) and there's so much space for all my classes. I'm so excited & happy I'm so organized, because I wouldn't survive school otherwise!
    I second the planner! Being super organized makes it way easier to keep up (including planning your time efficiently).
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