Many students looking to enroll at Saint Joseph’s University may be thinking they need a perfect 4.0 GPA. Okay. Maybe a 4.0 is not achievable for every student, but what is the best way to arrive at the best grade for each course. Everyone is different, so not every piece of advice applies to everyone. However, here are some simple tips to help you get the A (or at least a B) in almost every course.
Tip 1: Read the syllabus carefully.
I told you these ideas would be simple. A week or two prior to starting the course, a syllabus will come out with every aspect of the course the student needs to know about. If you are able to get ahead in the assigned readings this will help immensely later in the course when papers and final exams are due.
The first thing any student can do to help prepare for a midterm or final exam is to re-read each weekly modulus content presentation. Most of your professors will have a presentation for each module outlining the highlights for that week’s lesson. Re-reading the presentation will help you to see what your professor wants to make sure you have learned in that week’s session.
Tip 2: Keep up with assigned readings.
It can be tempting to skim the readings assigned and focused on papers or projects during the course. However, you will pay for this come exam time. Every exam I have completed at Saint Joseph’s included questions based solely on the readings and nothing you would have learned during the classroom sessions. It is very important to keep pace with reading and ask questions each week to your professor with any concept or terminology that doesn’t quite make sense.
Re-read the summary for every chapter the professor has assigned for this course. The summary only takes a few seconds to examine but it may turn up some information or highlight terminology the professor will be quizzing you about on a future exam.
Tip 3: Develop relationships with classmates.
Using the virtual coffee house or a blackboard collaboration session can help you organize your very own study group session with your classmates. If you are having trouble with concepts or disseminating between new terminology, study sessions are the best way to work out issues prior to taking an exam. While you cannot meet at the library on campus to study, you can meet with your classmates virtually and come up with useful ideas. Doing this helped me prepare for my first final exam in a healthcare organization class.
To summarize: Keep up with the readings and have study sessions with your fellow classmates. Doing both with help you achieve success during your time in the HAD program – or any advanced studies program at Saint Joseph’s.