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Change your major: Improve college GPA and student advantage

If you feel unsure about your major, look into changing it. (Credit: Phillip Martin)

If you feel unsure about your major, look into changing it. (Credit: Phillip Martin)

Now that you have a year or so of college under your belt, maybe you’re having second thoughts about your declared major. There’s no shame for college students in changing your major. The goal of college is to give you an education in a subject that interests you and to help you get a job you will enjoy in your career. Changing your major offers a student advantage by improving academics, helping you do better on midterms, improving your reading level and possibly getting a higher overall college GPA.

Reasons to change your major

There are many reasons college students change their major, minor or add another minor: Read more

After a bad midterm exam: College tips to improve academics

Always keep in mind that it's never too late to succeed.

Always keep in mind that it’s never too late to succeed.

Bad midterms are not the end of the world. Student success doesn’t hinge on one test. There are ways for college students to improve study habits and get a better grade on your subsequent tests and final exam. Did you suffer from a lousy midterm exam? Worried your academics aren’t up to par? Here are some tips for college students to study better and improve your overall grade in the class.

Don’t get discouraged

Grace Fleming wrote in “Improving Bad Grades: Change Your Habits and Improve Your Grades” for About.com’s Homework/Study Tips: “It is easy to get the blues when you receive low scores on a big test or a homework assignment, but you can’t let poor performance get you down. There is always time to make things better. … Just don’t get down on yourself!” Read more

Midterms: Tips for turning midterm grades into stellar final grades

Midterm reevaluationsEvery spring the semester that was humming along so well turns into a stress-fest as we suddenly realize that midterms loom ahead. The good news about midterm grades is that they don’t become a permanent part of your transcript. But they are a good indication of what your final grades might be. Here are a few tips for how to reassess and plan your strategy after you get your midterm grades.

What’s your number?

Many students are required to maintain a certain grade point average (GPA) either because their major requires it or their financial aid depends on it. Read more

Top 10 study tips for college midterms and final exams

It may seem like you just moved into your dorm room, met your roommate, unpacked your clothes and attended your first big lecture. But, guess what? You’re already almost halfway through this term of classes, and that can only mean one thing — MIDTERMS!!!!

One of many study tips for college to keep in mind. (Credit: Quickmeme)

One of many study tips for college to keep in mind. (Credit: Quickmeme)

Although this concept has been known to drive people to the brink of sanity — mostly due to lack of sleep, caffeine consumption, and stress — rest (pun intended) assured that you can survive these daunting exams! Read more