The Approved Workman Pt. 2 – The Christian Workman
I am not immune to bad grades. I wish I was but I’m not. After a long semester, one filled with tears (literally) and struggling to keep a good grade in specific classes, I have decided to write a post on how to successfully navigate a hard class. I’m not guarenteeing you will recieve an A or a great grade but you are sure to pass the class. Many of these tips I read before I started my class and I ignored until the end of the semester. I’ve since reevaluated my decision. So here are some tips that I will be implimenting this next semester.
- Perfect Attendance – I use this title because it brings to mind a specific item. Not “oh it’s ok to miss some” but always being there and always being on time. I want to stress the point that you really need to make sure to be in class as much as you can. Not only will it help you develope a presence with your professor but it will also help you when they give tips in class about tests, exams, and how to remember items.
- Ask Questions – Make sure you ask something if you don’t know it. It’s important to be clear about something even if you feel stupid or ignorant. You are in a classroom and it’s probably the safest zone you could have to ask questions like “Is Limestone part of Tums”? – PS – the answer is NO. And yes I’ve heard this question in a classroom.
- Study Outside the Classroom – This doesn’t just mean in the library. I would highly recommend http://www.KahnAcademy.com for pretty much any science or math subject. I haven’t used them for anything other then science or math but they have proven to be one of the most useful websites I’ve come across.
- PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE – Practice until your head hurts and your brain wants to drop out of it. I’m not talking about practicing concepts where you are strong – practice your weak points. It is the only way you will get better. If you don’t understand the teacher – find another source, but practice as much as you can.
- Silence your phones/computers/any source of distraction –I do this in class and when I study because otherwise I will get so distracted. It will help you focus on the concepts you need to be studying or paying attention to lecture more than you realize.
Do you have any tips you want to share? I’ve found a study buddy to be very helpful in certain instances but with hard topics, I have to say that I find I study best by myself. I’ve also found it helpful to ask the professor privately for help or find a tutor for concepts that I don’t understand if you can’t find help online. Personally, I learn best by myself so that’s the way I tend to study. Best of Luck to all the students out there.
Now, I’m not going to tell you that I’m an enlish major – because I’m not. I’m a nursing major, but I have written my fair share of essays and I have always gotten atleast a B+ or better on them by using these 5 tips:
- Brainstorm – even if it’s a prepicked topic from your college professor, brainstorm! Why? Because creativity is key. You need to stand out from the pack. Find a new way to put a spin on that topic that none of your classmates will think of! Use as much or as little paper as you need – do not limit yourself. Personally I enjoy using a Whiteboard – I can write and erase as needed and if it’s big enough – it makes a great way to step back and actually see it from a different angle – no pun intended.
- Outline – I cannot stress this one enough! I have multiple friends who try to do it in one sit down and even when your brain is working at high power – it is almost impossible to do. Outline your paragraphs/main points all the way down to each sentence. This is especially important if you are new to writing in english. If people would do this then they would be able to sit down and write out an essay in a matter of 30 min.
- Watch your verbs – Always use strong verbs. When writing an essay do not use helping verbs. Use strong action verbs.
- Use your resources – People always think that they can do quotes and research off the internet. The internet is full of unreliable sources however. Use the library – it’s free, it has free resources – the librarians will be more then happy to point you in the write direction. Even alot of colleges have free libraries so if you are in highschool – start making use of the local college libraries.
- Check your self before you wreck yourself – Always proof read your essay atleast 3 times. The first time read it aloud – mark it up with a colored pen. Go do something else and then come back and read it a second time – silently. The third time – read it aloud again. The best way to find the errors in your writing is to read aloud. You get a sense of how your essay will sound outloud.
These are the best 5 tips I have to writing an excellent essay. While they won’t make it perfect they are my immediate go to’s anytime I have to write for college. I would also recommend getting into the right headspace to write – get a beverage, go to the bathroom before hand, turn on music that has no lyrics (like film scores). All of these will help your creativity flow and you to be able to sit for a while before you start writing. Any tips you would like to share? send them to me or leave a comment!