CGPA stands for Cumulative Grade Point Average and is simply the average of your grade points obtained for all courses you undertook in an academic session. It is a means of assessment to ascertain a student’s academic performance in the tertiary institution system.
A good CGPA might not really be the guarantee to success in life, but might as well be part of it. For all the time and resources spent in the university system, you might as well make sure you do well to come out with a good result. Not everyone can always have banging A grades in their exams. As a matter of fact, there are some of us with really low CGPA and this has kept us very worried and sad at times because of the pressure and desire to come out with a good result. It’s certainly not the end of the world. As the saying goes, When there’s will, there’s hope! There are quite a number of things you can do from now to revive that dying CGPA because it’s never over till it’s over.
You might have made some couple of mistakes earlier in your school year but that doesn’t mean there’s no chance of them being fixed.
I STRONGLY BELIEVE THAT NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE.
Don’t flood your mind with the opinion that graduating with a good CGPA isn’t a guarantee for success in the real world. We all know that, but for all its worth, you never know if you might need it later in life. Do your best and aim for the top so that if you fall short, you won’t be too far away. So, let’s review a couple of things you can do to fix up that CGPA and earn better grades in your penultimate of final year.
· KNOW WHERE YOU STAND
This is the first guide to reviving a dying CGPA. You must honestly identify where you stand at the moment so as to know how to put yourself together and plan for the mountain ahead of you which you are to climb. Evaluate all the possibilities available for you, set targets for yourself and create some determination in your mind as to what you want to achieve. Be truthful to yourself about how bad and critical the situation at hand might be; this will help you plan towards taking extra classes, getting tutors, etc. Knowing where you stand helps ginger you up to improve.
· IDENTIFY WHERE YOU MISSED IT
This is a very key part to your planning process. Identify what went wrong with your grades if you were distracted and pulled away by social activities or friends or if you have been using a bad study pattern or lack of adequate materials. Identifying the cause of the problem makes it easier for you to work towards a solution. If it was phobia for exams, you can read my article on how to overcome exam fear by clicking HERE
Try as much as possible too genuinely evaluate yourself and make a decision to improve and overcome those mistakes that caused your set back. Follow these steps and watch the change.
· TAKE CLASSES SERIOUSLY
This here has been the cause of many students set back. Try your best not to skip classes, no matter how irrelevant you might feel the class is. In class, many lecturers bring out possible exam questions and necessary pointers. The also take note of students attendance which can be little added marks to your overall assessment. You might as well have been attending class right from time but this time, do it differently. Try to participate in class and class activities; show some extra interest. This makes the information process better in your brain and increases your understanding of courses. When you skip classes, you miss important announcements, attendance marks, knowledge gotten from asking and answering questions.
· ORGANISE YOURSELF
No matter how much you study, if you are not organized and if you don’t have proper reading techniques, you will end up wasting your time. Organize yourself and identify what works best for you. Don’t burn candles from dusk to dawn for no reason. OGA PACKAGE YOURSELF WELL. Organize your notes, your schedules, etc. This enables you have a better passion to read and study. Imagine having scattered books and disorganized plans; reading will definitely seem repulsive to you. Don’t pile up assignments and projects. You should get things done in due time.
· MEET YOUR COURSE ADVISER
You must seek help. ‘A problem shared is a problem half solved’ as the saying goes. Talk to your course advisers because the will be in the best position to give you pointers and tell you how and where to make amendments and how to go about the whole revival process. They can also give you info on tutorials or materials that can help you out. Meeting your course adviser is very important especially when you have a number of courses you’re expected to retake.
· CLEAR CARRYOVER COURSES
This is one of the hardest steps to getting back on track but notwithstanding; consider this as a second chance to repent of your sins lol. Wipe out those F grades and turn them to A and B grades. Retaking a course can be stressful and annoying at times, especially when you know you put in very much effort and even more annoying when it is your favorite course. But see it as an opportunity to do better; don’t just write it as a “let my people go course” (any grade I get, I’m satisfied) NO! Do it right.
· JOIN A STUDY GROUP OF SMART STUDENTS
Studying in a group is a very effective way of studying. Don’t just study with anybody; study with people with better CGPA than yours. People who will motivate you to work harder and study smarter. Studying in groups increase your understanding of courses and helps shed more light on things you may not have understood in class and had no time to review. Don’t join a study group filled with noise makers and unserious people because you will just be jumping from frying pan to fire.
· DROP UNNECESSARY ACTIVITIES
As my mother used to say, ‘AVOID OVER DO’. You might have to make some sacrifices and drop down some unnecessary activities. Don’t bombard yourself with activities and the same time try to catch up with your books. You can reduce those things for a while. Direct more time to your books, resting well, researching, etc.
· STUDY MORE OFTEN THAN NORMAL
Sacrosanct!!! Put in some extra effort. Do some weekly reviews by studying whatever has been taught from Monday to Friday in class. With this, you can cover more ground and be more ready for exams at hand. Set reading schedules and do well to follow them up.
AS I SAID EARLIER ON, I BELIEVE NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE. APPLY THESE STEPS JUDICIOUSLY AND WATCH YOUR CGPA RISE LIKE OFADA!