By: Erik Latkow

As the end of the semester is quickly rolling around the corner in less than a month (wow!), a lot of students are having epiphanies by thinking, ‘How the heck am I going to pull in this B+ in the next 3 weeks!?’

One simple way of course is to read over the syllabus again, right now, to see if there are any extra credit opportunities additional assignments that will make up a decent percentage of your final grade. Also on the syllabus are professor and TA office hours and emails. Even though this is something everyone should have been taking advantage of throughout the semester, there is always an opportunity for you to still ask questions. Not only will this clear up the confusion or misunderstandings you may have, it could also prepare you for that difficult upcoming final exam.

Professors and Teaching Assistants are the best resources you can use to help you earn that grade you’ve been working for. They are there for a reason, use them! Another option could be to form study groups. Yes, many of you already do this, but for those of you who don’t… well, do it. They are extremely helpful. You are able to help fellow students on what you know about the subject, and actually teaching someone and explaining what a certain term means makes you know that topic even more. The loads of libraries on campus are also there for a reason. Escape loud roommates in dorms and apartments and use the quiet study spaces to your advantage.

So as the Spring 2011 semester is rapidly coming to a close, use all of the available resources as they can each get you closer and closer to achieving the grade that you are longing to receive. Good luck with the rest of the semester!

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