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Mar 31, 2017 01:02 PM EDT

There's still a bit of time before the semester ends. Students can still salvage this semester if they weren't able to have an outstanding start.

USA Today College shared seven strategies that students can employ for the remainder of the semester to save their grades. These are tips that can help boost one's grade point, which matters a lot.

Attend classes

 Students should make sure that they to go to every class that they have. Lectures may be boring but it is the foolproof way to know which items are going to be on the exams.

Listen closely for hints

Speaking of tests, professors usually make comments that emphasize a specific topic or item. Listen closely to the teachers' comments and put a big star or note beside these items in the notes since these will most likely be included in the exam.

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Take notes

This goes without saying but always take notes. Most professors take test materials from their lectures. Check out these lecture-capture apps that can help students take down notes and catch all parts of the discussion.

Study earlier

Time management is an important skill that students should master. This includes setting and plotting time to study for exams. Studying earlier can give students with ample time to go up to their professors about a topic discussed in the lecture that they found confusing.

Negotiate as early as possible

Students who want to speak to their professors about their grades should start negotiating as early as now. It's good to be honest with them and tell them the reason why this semester has been difficult.

Recognize whether the textbook is important or not

Different professors have varying styles of teaching. Some primarily use one textbook while others prefer to get many resources. Students should know which style their professors lean on so that they can study the right materials.

Prepare for Finals Week a week before

The publication noted that students should start studying for finals week at least a week before the first exam. Grade point matters when looking for a job since it can be an advantage during the initial recruitment process.

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