To all of my intellectual Vixens out there, school should already be in session for the year. You’ve had a couple of weeks to feel out the environment and check out the cutie sitting next you in your Ancient History of African Diaspora class. Either way, you should be well on your way to having a successful first semester and overall year. However, as your professor begins piling on the homework, readings, projects and essays, the simple ancient history class you signed up for can become very overwhelming. Don’t stress! Vixen has you covered! Whether you’re an undergraduate, graduate, or going for that ultimate PHD, here are some tips to ensure you to getting an “A” in your class!
1. Class Participation
Don’t be shy or quiet as a mouse the entire class. Make sure you’re getting involved, asking questions and making comments. Speaking up during class is a sure way for your professor not only to notice you, but your comment or question could possibly prompt a discussion which could transition the class out of a lecture to make things more interesting. Class participation normally counts for 5-10% of your grade which could give you an extra boost if you’re in the B-range.
2. Do The Homework
Yes, do your homework! In high school, maybe you could get away with skipping a minor assignment or two, but in college, when your class only meets once or twice a week, keeping up with the homework is very important. Not only does homework reinforce what was discussed during class, but sometimes, professors schedule homework to be an introduction to the topic they’re looking to discuss next class. Something simple as homework can be the difference between a C+ and an A.
3. Study, Study, Study!
As important as it is to participate and do the homework, studying is key. Tests, essays and other forms of checking your understanding of the material usually account for anywhere between 20-30% of your grade. To ensure success, study a little bit each night before the test, draw out an outline of possible topics, make flash cards for key terms, ask questions and make sure to rest up the night before the test. Do not cram. Cramming will only cause stress. To make studying fun and interactive, grab the cutie you’ve had your eye on and a couple of other students and form a study group. That way, you all can address questions you have, play question and answer games, and possibly make friends. You never know, the silly rhyme or acronym someone made up could help you earn an A!
4. Don’t Procrastinate
Time management is key, don’t wait until the last minute to get your homework, essay, project, or studying done. Organize your time by doing a little each night until the task is finished. Type up one paragraph or read a chapter during your break at work or give yourself an incentive. Promise to work on the assignment for about an hour or two then afterwards, reward yourself by grabbing a snack or watching the episode of La La’s Full Court Life you missed. Then after you complete the assignment, give yourself a bigger reward by going out to the newest movie or the hottest nightclub with your friends. Also, take advantage of your professor’s office hours to ask questions or gain clarity on topic you didn’t understand. We’re all guilty of procrastinating once or twice, but don’t make it a constant cycle. When you don’t procrastinate, you should feel prepared for class which will reflect itself in your final grade.
5. Be Creative
When it comes time for projects or writing assignments don’t be afraid to let your light shine and add a little extra something to your work. Whether you’re an art-based or a business-based major, we all have skills which make us unique and set us apart from the rest. So go ahead and do some extra research for your business plan or add your eye for fashion to your project on the African Diaspora. Professors love to see their ideas taken in new directions. It gives them a sense of fulfillment and purpose. Those extra thirty minutes you spend could result in possible extra credit, recognition from your professor or both, which can be beneficial to you when he or she calculates your final grade.