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Improving Your Grades

Here is an excerpt from my book “Tricks of the Grade,” which talks about one of the ten guaranteed ways you can raise your GPA by “out smarting” the competition. Use it today!

As a professor, there is one thing that concerns me more than anything else about students, it’s the fact that most students treat college like a vacation (i.e., a social club) rather than a vocation (i.e., a job). This is not to say that you shouldn’t have fun in college. That’s like saying you shouldn’t have fun at work. Not only is that ridiculous, it’s stressful. On the contrary, I mean that you need to accept college for what it is… a business.

Look at it from an employee’s (your) standpoint. In college, aren’t you held accountable by someone in an authority position? Do these authority figures sometimes get on your nerves? If you do not perform up to par or do not demonstrate the basic competencies to perform, will you get promoted (i.e., pass the class)? Don’t you sometimes feel like you’re being overworked? I don’t know about you, but this sounds like a job to me.
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Reducing Text Anxiety

A RealWorld student writes:

Professor Martin,

I study very hard for tests, going over and over the material that I have on note cards. But when I get into the test I cannot recall answers for fill in the blank questions and short essay. Do you have any suggestions on what I might do that would help?
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Study Tips for the Motivationally Challenged

A RealWorld Student writes…

My problem is not so much about a lesson like mathematics or something. My problem is concentration. It seems to be impossible for me to get a book and study it. When I get a book, I always find something else to do that is more fun than reading/studying. I wonder, is there anything that can make me study for a period without get distracted or anything? Please help me.
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Dealing with Difficult Professors

A student recently wrote RWU about having to deal with a difficult professor. To this student, I offered the following advice:

Dear Student,

Thanks for writing me. I hope I can offer you some advice that might help you withstand your nightmare of a professor.

Without having met this professor personally, I will suggest one thing that is almost guaranteed to work on any professor:
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Balancing My School Schedule

A student writes:I’d like to get involved with some campus activities (maybe the newspaper), but I’m afraid it will affect my studying and my grades. I want to get some experience and meet new people, but maintaining a high GPA is important to me because I want to go to grad school in journalism. Is there a way I can do both?

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