2020 has been an unending stream of disappointments and disasters. From COVID 19 to race riots, it has been a heck of a year. In such stressful times, your studies took a back seat. It is almost the end of the academic year, and you realize you’re in too deep. You’re sure you’re failing that French history course that you took to impress your friend. Your part-time job is taking all your study time. You haven’t had a wink of sleep for the last 48 hours. And you can’t even remember the correct way to spell Descartes. But before deciding to throw in the towel, follow these seven tips to salvage the situation. Don’t think that we’re offering you a miracle cure; manage your expectations before going any further. These tips won’t make you top of your class, but they might help you survive this semester.

  • Don’t Miss Your Class

It might seem like a no-brainer, but missing classes is one of the worst things you can do. You might think just going through the slides your professor uploaded might be enough, but you’re wrong. Professors use in-class discussions to explain complex ideas thoroughly. You will also miss valuable student discussion. Some professors also share extra credit opportunities in class. Even besides all that, remember that your professor will grade you based on a holistic view of yourself. Not attending classes makes a lousy impression on teachers, and it might make you go down a grade.

  • Take A Class You Enjoy

Most colleges have mandatory general education requirements that you might need to enroll. They might seem like a chore to you, but you can use them to turn your grade around. Take a general education class that you enjoy. Take that introduction to music class you were thinking of taking. Not only will you enjoy the course, but it will also be the easiest A you will score for that semester. It will also help widen your academic horizons. Who knows, you might even end up enjoying it enough to change your major.

  • Get A Study Partner/ Study Group

Research suggests that having a study group or study partner will improve your learning capability. Discussing ideas and concepts will help you understand things better. Don’t just add your friend to your study group, though, or you might end up wasting time instead of studying. Try to limit the number of people in your study group, or it might turn into a party. Pair with intelligent and responsible students from your class. If you have a problem sticking with deadlines, a leader of your study group will keep you accountable.

  • Improve Your Class Performance

Some classroom etiquettes can help you improve your class performance. Do all the assigned work and turn it in on time. Not only will this identify your problem areas, but it might also improve your GPA. Try sitting in the front instead of coming in late and sitting at the end of the hall. It’s a well-known fact that those who sit closest to the front perform better and are more alert. Students who sit are more focused than others. The front two rows are called the zone of participation and. Ask questions and engage in class. It will show your teacher that you are an active contributor, and you care about learning. Since grading is subjective in college, it won’t hurt to make a good impression on your professor. 

  • Don’t Pull All-Nighters Before Tests

It’s 10 pm, you’ve been reading the same sentence three times now, and you can’t seem to get past it. We’ve all been there. In times like this, pulling an all-nighter appears like an easy solution. But it just makes things worse for you. Less sleep means that your brain got less time to rest. It leads to more mistakes and slower reflexes the next day. We’re not even making this up! There is research that proves that all-nighters are the worst for academic performance. Another side effect of all-nighters is caffeine overload or drinking energy drinks, which is very harmful to your body.

  • Don’t Be Afraid To Get Help

So you’re trying all the tricks, but it’s still not working. Stop, breathe, and ask for help. It is tempting to do everything on your own in college, but sometimes that’s not possible. Talk to your teacher. You can discuss that you’re struggling with the coursework, and your teacher might be able to suggest extra credit work. Or they might even let you retake a course. You can also use office hours to understand tricky concepts but come prepared and ask for specific help. It doesn’t help anyone if you show up and say, ‘I don’t understand anything.’ You can also use other on-campus resources like career counseling. Many college students also get tutors to help them through a rough course.

  • Focus On Your Finals

If it’s the end of your semester and none of the aforementioned tips can help you, this is your best bet. Calculate the grade you’ll need on your final to pass and give your all. Follow an excellent test-taking technique and plan your time while taking the test. Read the question paper carefully and make notes of essential terms. Always keep salient points in mind while answering questions. Don’t panic.


However, the most important trick is not to give up and don’t drop the ball again. It would be best if you were consistent and persistent in maintaining a good GPA in college. Always study on time and minimize distractions. Be a good student. Engage with your peers. Talk to your professors and track your performance throughout the semester and plan accordingly. Even though having a good GPA is important, don’t forget that a high GPA is not the only mark of success. Do all you can and then move on.