How they raised Their GPAs
How it began: An English major tells her story in a Facebook group
6 students tell their stories at the SLC's first "How I Raised my GPA" event
- They all liked what they were studying. Some were studying what they had originally intended, but many others had made changes to their programs along the way.
- They all actively sought support from sources such as family, friends, professors, TAs, group chats etc.
- They all reflected on their own learning strategies and made adjustments along the way, doing more of what worked for them and less of what didn't, and being open to learning and adopting new strategies by talking to instructors and classmates or, in a few cases, taking the Back on Track program.
- Many of them talked about the benefits of volunteering, both in terms of trying out activities that might lead to a career, and in terms of becoming busier which forced them to manage their time better.
Highlights from the event
After the panelists told their stories, audience members enthusiastically asked questions about strategies for quantitative courses, note-taking in lecture, reading, and exam preparation. Some of the recommended strategies were:
- Make concept summaries for quantitative courses.
- Try the Cornell Note-taking system as it lends itself well to self-testing, one of the most effective strategies for exam preparation.
- Make information more memorable by tying it in to something you relate to personally and by making connections between concepts. (A few panelists also recommended flashcards, a form of self-testing.)
- One panelist recommended Spreeder for faster reading and review. (I'm not sure about this one myself, but many participants seemed interested in trying it.)
- I gained confidence and learned to assess my study skills/ effectiveness.
- I liked the multiple perspectives and panel format. I learned general study tips and received encouragement. I really appreciate this type of event!!
- I like the diverse panel of subjects covered. I learned several potential techniques.
- I liked that panelists discussed and shared relatable experiences in topics like mental health, doing poorly on exams, not knowing what to do with school/ career decisions. I learned about time management (volunteer, work, school), self-care (build a support system), note-taking, readings and study techniques (Cornell method, Spreeder) .... Excellent advice from the panelists!
- I liked the diversity of stories and advice. I learned how to improve my GPA.
- I really enjoyed hearing people's stories and how they are able to adapt. I have learned different ways to study and adapt to the environment .... I would really like more programs similar to this (how to balance school).
- I learned the names of some helpful apps and methods.
Given the success of the event, the SLC is planning to repeat it every term for the time being.
Please check this page at the beginning of the term when you wish to attend to see the date, time, and location. If you have raised your GPA and would like to speak at an upcoming event, please email Ruth Silverman at firstname.lastname@example.org