How to Make It on the Dean's List

Do you want to do well in college and in life? Do you want to be rewarded for your hard work? Ado you want academic achievements on your resumé? Then you want to make it onto your college's Deans List!


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    Come to class prepared. Most professors assign readings. Do them. You don't have to read every line but make sure you grasp the main point of the reading. Even though it might still take forever and you think you might be wasting your time, you will know (and remember) a lot more for your final.
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    Go to class and take notes. Having clear and detailed notes will help you tremendously while studying.
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    Actually read through your notes once in a while. Unless of course you have a photographic memory and remember everything right when you write it down. But I doubt it...
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    Participate and ask questions. The only way you will remember all the information is when you make the appropriate connections in your brain. That can only happen if you are absolutely clear about the material your professor is covering. (Or at least the material that will be on the exam.) So don't hesitate just ask. Others will learn from your questions as well.
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    Go to your professors' Office Hours. Just because you are a friendly person doesn't mean you will get an A but knowing your professor helps. As much as some of them don't show it...they care! Get to know the way your professor thinks and show them that you care about the class as well. If you have questions or want to review your professor's office is the best place to go.
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    Study hard. Even if you're a genius, this step will be necessary. Find your learning style and use appliances such as flash cards, study guides, review sessions and intelligent friends.
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    Get your priorities straight. It doesn't mean you have to give up your social life or sports. It just means that you have to learn how to manage your time successfully.
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    Grow up. Make sure you realize that your grades in college will influence whoever you will turn out to be. High school is passé. It's time to show people your true potential.


  • Make sure you know how much time you need to spend on every subject to get the highest grade possible!
  • Make the Dean's List your goal but keep in mind that it might take some time to get there.
  • Try your hardest but keep your expectations low.


  • Do not let others pull you down. Be self-confident. Being smart is sexy.
  • Don't brag about it, if you do make it onto the Dean's List!

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Categories: College University and Postgraduate