I’m sure every college student reading this blog has heard the horror stories of some last year college courses. Every college program has the one or few courses that are so difficult that they basically act as a filtering system. We have all heard the depressing rumors:
“4th year Organic Chemistry has a 50% failure rate.”
Or better yet, “the professor never gives anyone an A in that course.”
I’m also positive that every financial stud reading Studenomics cares about money. Retaking a college course because you failed or because you want to improve your grade, will cost you hundreds of dollars. Why not pass the course the first time around? Why not get the desired grade the first time?
I wanted to share some tips to help you kick butt in your most difficult courses in college!
Read the material the first time as if it were a novel
The first time I go over the material the goal is not to try to figure everything out right away. The goal is to skim through the content so that you know what to expect. It will become information overload if you actually expert to absorb all of the content on your first reading of the material.
Come to class prepared
Drink your coffee.
Eat a meal.
Get enough sleep.
Do whatever it takes to come to the class prepared.
Sit in the front of the class
When you sit at the back of the class you are more susceptible to start talking with someone. At the front of the class you can’t get away with that. I know nobody wants to sit at the front of the class but it can be very beneficial in your difficult courses.
Leave the distractions behind
I know that I’m that fool that brings his laptop to class to write blog entries. If you have a difficult course you must be distraction free! No iphone, no laptop, no blackberry, no head phones, no sitting next to the cute girl in class.
Set a daily goal
My daily goal is to look at the course material for at least one hour a day. In that one hour I try to go over difficult past midterm problems and see how promptly I can solve them. This may seem excessive but there’s a reason that the 4th year course has the highest failure rate. What will your daily goal be?
Don’t be afraid to ask for help
Yes I’m that pain that annoys the professor by sending him emails. So what? I pay for my education and if I come across a question that I can’t possibly answer then I email to professor for help. Some professors will get upset. Others will appreciate your effort and take note. You benefit by obtaining the help you need.
Go over the most difficult possible problems before the exam
You know the exam isn’t going to be easy. Prepare yourself by going over the most difficult problems from the textbook or from past exams. I figure I would rather scramble my mind trying to figure out how to answer that impossible finance question before the actual exam when it counts.