EMU Blog

Oct 21 2019

How to Stay Away From a Spooky GPA

by blogemu

 

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     When October rolls around, students easily get distracted. Halloween, homecoming, and other festivities become their number one priority. Sometimes, this causes a student’s academic performance to decrease. Here are a few tips from an actual EMU student to help other students keep their GPA less scary:

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Make time to study

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After class, you should not go directly to an extracurricular activity. If possible, go back to your dorm or a quiet space to review class notes. This will help the information stick out to you so the information covered in the lecture won’t become a ghost of the past. Also, the library is a great place to study.Click https://www.emich.edu/library/hours.php for the Halle Library hours.

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Create study groups

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Studies prove that studying in a group contributes to higher test scores. So, if you find a few smiling faces in class, create a study group. Go over hard concepts in detail whenever you get together. But, be careful to not use a study group as your only means of studying. Think of study groups as a nice complement to your study schedule.

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Have a little fun

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School can be spooky. Don’t forget to destress sometimes. Go outside sometimes. Attend on-campus events. Be sure to make your life as balanced as possible. Plus, there’s always events happening here at EMU. Check the official events calendar. https://today.emich.edu/calendar

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Do not cram

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Cramming is the enemy to your success. You cannot expect to consolidate a whole lecture into a night’s worth of studying. It may have worked in high school, but college is a new environment. Work on assignments every single day. This will keep you motivated and less stressed in the end.

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Find tutors

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It’s okay to need help-especially when EMU offers so many resources. You can be apart of TRIO or go to the Writing Center and the Math Center. There are people available to help you through a scary scholastic time in your life. You are not alone.

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Hopefully, all of these tips will help you overcome your fears. Yes, school can be scary. However, you can make the journey a little easier by prioritizing, organizing, and dedicating your own time.


                         About the writer: 

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Gabrielle Reed is a senior majoring in Communication and double-minoring in Leadership and Women and Gender Studies. She is an Honors College Student and a McNair Scholar. After graduation, she plans to pursue a career in the media as well as teaching on the university level. She is a Resident Advisor, a sister in the You Beautiful Black Woman Epsilon Chapter, and she is apart of organizations such as Black Media Association and many others.

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