Scared or afrighted about what you’ve been told or heard about a course? Argh! It’s so difficult. It’s impossible to get an ‘A’ in that course. Relax, it’s not a new thing! Yes, it’s very common in all campuses. However, we’ve provided just for you ‘how to get A’s in college.
Yes, the course might truly be difficult. Or it may seem difficult because it’s bulky or not handled properly. Be it as it may, it can be conquered!
With the following tips being put into good use, the ‘ difficult course’, so to speak, can be surmounted and straight ‘A’ can be attainable. I’ll enjoin you follow with rapt attention and a free mind as we go through it together.
First thing first. No matter what we do, or plan to do, if we don’t create interest in it, it’s certain we’ll achieve little or nothing.
So, forget whatsoever you’ve heard people say about the course. Be interested, create interest. See a cause to like the course. Afterall, whether you like the course or not, you’ve got to clear it! So it’s better to create interest in the course and come out on top of it at the end of the day than to struggle through it all and get a ‘D’ or ‘E’ grade.
GET THE COURSE OUTLINE
Now the action begins! You’ve seen a reason to like the course and you’ve created solid interest in it. The next step is to get the course outline( a list of topics the course entails). This will help you know what the course is all about. It’s more or less the backbone of every course.
Afterwards, start gathering materials, hand-outs, notes and many other whatnots related to the content of the course, i.e the course outline.
Don’t claim to know all. Attend all the classes. There are times whereby a simple explanation given in class can save you a whole lot of hours trying to digest a particular aspect of a course.
The class is as important as the course itself. Don’t ditch class for anything. Attend all classes, get a seat in a place you know you’re going to be able to get all what the lecturer is likely to say and explain, and where you have the least distraction.
UNDERSTAND THE LECTURER(S)
It’s not enough to be interested in the course, get the course outline and attend the classes. You’ ve got to understand the lecturer or lecturers taking the course. The more the lecturers, the better.
This is where most students miss it. They do all the aforementioned points but they fail to accomplish this. It’s not enough to have indepth knowledge about a course, you need to understand the lecturer(s) taking you.
What’s the point knowing everything about a course without knowing what the person taking the course himself wants or likes? (Will like to see your answers in the comment section).
There are times in which brilliant students fail woefully in an examination, like we explained in this article,due to one major reason- not getting to understand the lecturer(s) before examination.
As we all are different and have different interests or specifications, same thing applies to lecturers. Each and every lecturer has his own interest in a course. Not to say that all aspects of a course are not relevant.
Each lecturer has his own preferences, how they like asking questions during exams, what they need you to centre on when giving your proposed solutions to questions, the terminologies they want you to apply, and many other whatnots.
This they mostly reveal one way or the other during lectures, more reason you need to attend classes.
So, it’s not only enough to know everything about the course, it’s quite necessary to understand those taking the course.
MEET YOUR PREDECESSORS
This is quite important as the other points mentioned. One great benefit that comes with this is that it enhances or sharpens your understanding of each of the lecturers.
Meeting predecessors who have successfully cleared the course helps you get insights to what the lecturers want and how they react to certain situations.
If your predecessors are transparent enough, they’ll give you instances of both good and bad encounters with the lecturers, how the lecturers handled the situation and the outcome.
With this, you won’t fall victim of such bad situations and you’ll try replicate those good instances to boost your chances of getting ‘A’.
STUDY THE TREND IN PAST QUESTIONS
Pick up some past questions related to the course. Mind you, don’t get too fixated on it that you make it a sole guide to studying. It doesn’t work that way.
The whole essence of studying the trend in past questions is to add it to your template of making an ‘A’ in the course. Note the trend of the questions being asked.
Cross it with what the lecturers emphasize in class. Pen it down and ensure you pay rapt attention to those questions when studying.
GET A PLAN
Now you have all you need to get a straight ‘A’ in that so called ‘ difficult course’ strapped in your belt.
So, you get a plan, like a to-do list on how you are going to collate all these materials and insights you’ve gotten.
Forget all what you’ve heard about the course. It might have been painted black, it doesn’t matter. The ball is actually in your court to re-paint it! So give it your best shot!
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