With second semester full swing, a lot of students are looking to boost their GPA’s before the school year ends. Being a senior, I can attest to the seemingly impossible endeavor that is second semester. Classes begin to increase in difficulty, AP exams are on the horizon, clubs that seemed to lull during winter are back in full swing, and juniors are rushing to get that perfect SAT score before college applications begin. Not to mention that spring is slowly creeping up on us, maybe a little bit too quickly for my friends on the East Coast.
Despite these obstacles, most of us aren’t content to give up on reaching our goal GPA which is why I’ve created a list of study tips that work for each specific subject. If you want to get those straight A’s that you- and your parents – have been waiting for, check out these tips.
Whether you are in Algebra or AP Calculus the try and true method has always been PRACTICE PROBLEMS. While is important to have an understanding of all the concepts and rules in the chapter, just this alone will not be enough to get that A that you have been dreaming of.
You should also always start with the most difficult section while you have the most energy. While this tip applies to every subject, I find that it is vital for math. If you constantly find yourself short on time or unable to finish the chapter review, you might want to consider skipping the topics you have a decent understanding of and focusing on the most grueling problems.
One of the hardest subjects to study for, English often ends up being a hit or miss subject for students. Tests can be very versatile, including critical reading, vocabulary, essays, specific novel questions, and more. When it comes to vocabulary and novel plot, flashcards and one week’s worth of practice should suffice.
Critical thinking quizzes and questions are more complex because they require a thorough understanding of the text, character motives, and themes. Sparknotes and Cliffnotes are great resources for looking at character analysis. Looking up important quotes from the novel is also something I strongly recommend as they can be used to give more insight into characters, can be used for speaker identification on tests, and also can be used in essays.
Science is such a vast field, it is difficult to find one method that works for every field. I find that reviewing key concepts is vital to any science field. Everything we learn about in science came from men and women who had nothing to go off of but the ideas and concepts that they scientists before them had come up with. This means that in order to understand things throughout the year, we must have a solid foundation from the beginning. Cataloging scientists and their discoveries on index cards is a great way to prepare for big tests, and will be a big time saver when it comes to studying for finals!
Implementing these tips is a great start to getting your GPA up before the end of the school year. Best of luck, and remember that at the end of the day you are more than just a number.