February is National Panhellenic Conference’s Month of the Scholar. The National Panhellenic Conference stands for good scholarship among fraternity women and scholarship is a core value of each of the NPC member groups.
In honor of the Month of the Scholar, our Academic Resource Volunteer team has put together these rules for improving your grades. We hope this little academic push will help your achieve your scholarship goals this semester and throughout your college career.
Five Rules for Improving Your Grades
- You must WANT to achieve better grades – The first rule for improving your grades deals with your commitment to academic success. You have to take responsibility for your academic performance – it’s up to YOU. Your attitude and drive will make or break your college success as well as your success in your chosen profession. You have to want to make it happen FOR it to happen!
- Identify your study strengths and weaknesses – Now is a great time to conduct a realistic review of your study skills, strengths and weaknesses. Do a self-appraisal of your time management skills, goal setting, note taking, focus/concentration abilities, anxiety control, reading comprehension, and writing skills. Be honest with yourself. An honest self-appraisal will help you direct your energy to the areas you need to develop.
- Studying requires a daily commitment – The most successful students are the ones who realize the importance of making a habit of studying daily. Try this if you haven’t already – studying regularly in smaller chunks helps train your brain into thinking and retaining information differently, avoids the dreaded all-nighter to cram for an upcoming test or assignment and gives you a more positive attitude about learning. Also, students often have breaks of an hour or more between classes. These are perfect times to study for an upcoming class or review your notes from a previous class.
- Get help early and when you need it – The time to seek help —from your professor, the TA, the academic success center, classmates, tutors, learning labs, or any other source — is as soon as you realize you have a problem. The longer you wait to seek help, the harder it will be to learn the material and the more likely your grades will suffer.
- Set reasonable and achievable goals – Setting goals for yourself to accomplish is an important activity because having goals can help motivate you to complete your studying, attend your classes, and strive to do your best on exams and other class assignments. Remember to also plan some sort of reward for yourself for a job well done!
YOU CAN reach your goals by following these rules. Thomas Edison said, “If we all did the things we were capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.”
SOURCE – The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Study Skills Randall S. Hansen, Ph.D. and Katharine Hansen, Ph.D.
* Resolved (2000), That NPC, through partnership of the member groups, the College Panhellenics Committee and the Alumnae Panhellenics Committee, will promote the Month of the Scholar; and Resolved (2010), That beginning in 2011, NPC will officially recognize February as the Month of the Scholar.