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      11-30-2011, 01:48 PM   #23
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most ppl spend 2 or 3 semesters before transferring out. most schools require a minimum of 3.0 to transfer in.
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3 C's isn't going to kill anyone. Just get used to college course load and make the effort to get better grades in the future. The key here is YOU making the effort to do better. You reap what you sow; just like now when you chose to go have fun instead of study. Learn time management. Also remember the 7 P's, prior and proper planning, prevents piss poor performance.
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I don't know if it's relevant but I did my absolute worst in the prerequisites/easier classes that were completely unrelated to my major. I was a business undergrad and the moment that I got into the business college at my University I did very well in all of my classes while others were struggling.

Moral of the story - Make sure you are interested in what you are studying and it truly is what you want to study as that is half the battle.
It's the opposite in engineering school. The prereq/liberal arts classes were the easy A's I used to keep my GPA afloat. An "A" in a 3-credit history or philosophy class is about 1/5 the effort of an "A" in a chemistry, kinematics, or calculus class.
This......fuckin sciences n then the labs the go with them...
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      11-30-2011, 04:18 PM   #30
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I'm kind of a lurker here on the forum and don't really post to often but i need some advice.

So i recently completed my first quarter of college. For the first month or so i had 3 A's and a B. But i started to feel very stressed and overwhelmed with the amount of work i had. During high school i never had to try and was never really challenged by any of my classes. I fell behind by not keeping up with all of my classes and choosing to have more fun than studying to thinking it would relieve my stress. I received my grades and finished with a C+, C, and 2 C-. Those grades are pathetic and come out to a GPA of a 1.8. That is the lowest my GPA has EVER been. This will put me on academic probation through my university. At my school you have to raise your GPA above a 2.0 by the next quarter and complete a required class. Right now i'm feeling extremely discouraged, though this has made me realize some of my faults and that i need to continue studying hard every single day. My question is has this happened to any of you? Was your transition from high school to college classes hard? Did your grades improve? And also how did you deal with the stress?
Half my friends in college were on academic probation after their first years. Not sure why or how, as many of them were taking GE's for college or pretty easy econ classes. I'd guess it was that freedom and laziness... What they did was just take more GEs in the summer and raise their GPAs above the 2.0 limit... wasn't that hard for them I think. They just needed a couple of B's.

My transition to college wasn't that bad. I was always in the middle-low pack in a very challenging high school... so the first couple of quarters in college were easy. Late second and third years were really hard without the support I had in HS, and my grades dipped. In my fourth year, I started to finish my GE's and took on a pretty interesting/easier minor, so my GPA started to go back up again. Stress levels... second and third year was okay-high. Some classes were just ridiculous and had unpredictable exams, while others were standard and the professors were straightforward... so of course that played into the stress. How did I deal with stress? Rest before Study. Study before Play. If I know a class is straightforward, I do everything I can to get that A.... if a class is unpredictable and causes significant stress, I do what I can and try to get that B/+.
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      11-30-2011, 04:22 PM   #31
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It's the opposite in engineering school. The prereq/liberal arts classes were the easy A's I used to keep my GPA afloat. An "A" in a 3-credit history or philosophy class is about 1/5 the effort of an "A" in a chemistry, kinematics, or calculus class.
lol housemates were engineering majors 30/100 was a B in some core classes.

i only had one series where the averages were always 35-50/100
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Dude it's only your first quarter. Get your shit together, study and you'll do well. One thing I had a hard time getting used to was the fact that you can't study the night before an exam and expect to get an A on it. You need days of preparation otherwise it is far too overwhelming.

Two more semesters left for me. 30 credits of solid accounting courses left. Can't wait.
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Dude it's only your first quarter. Get your shit together, study and you'll do well. One thing I had a hard time getting used to was the fact that you can't study the night before an exam and expect to get an A on it. You need days of preparation otherwise it is far too overwhelming.

Two more semesters left for me. 30 credits of solid accounting courses left. Can't wait.
This. Been studying for finals all week.
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For most it's a lot harder than high school. I went from one of the smartest kids at my po-dunk redneck high school class of 450 into engineering school where ALL of my classmates were the smartest kids at their school.

You just have to work your ass off, take advantage of office hours and study groups/tutors if you don't understand something, ask lots of questions in class, and make sure you know that shit.
Same here except mine was a ghetto school. Overall the classes that brought me down, and still continue too, are the general required non-major ones. I'm at a 2 something right now myself. I miss first semester with all A's
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      11-30-2011, 06:38 PM   #35
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How are you paying for college? IMO the best motivator is realizing that either 1) you are wasting your own money by fucking around, or 2) you eventually have to pay back all of your loans and if you don't pay attention now, you won't get a good job and then you are fucked for life.
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i was actually guna post something similar to this ahahah
im taking computer engineering and in high school i didnt study for a single test....somehow when the teachers explained it i understood it... evidently, its not the same in college man.
im doing awesome in 5/7 courses but im on the verge of failing 2 of them and i'm just as discouraged as u. The only thing we can do is try to motivate ourselves somehow, my motivation is all my cousins and brother are pretty set......lawyer, teacher, investment banker and my brothers in his second year and wants to get his cfa etc... so if i fail ill be the first fuck up and that;s cant happen LOL...
so0o0o gotta pick up the books and study all i can say.
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lol housemates were engineering majors 30/100 was a B in some core classes.

i only had one series where the averages were always 35-50/100
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The transition from high school was tough for me as well. It seems so much easier at a glance because you can do things like schedule to go to classes on JUST MWF or just TTh. What's not taken into consideration is that you are doing other things like...growing up. If you're not commuting and actually moved away from home, the freedom is both a blessing and a curse. Nobody tells you what to do anymore or wakes you up in the morning and because of that, you have a higher chance of screwing up. Also, if you're at a good school, you probably graduated in the top percentile of your class. Guess what? So did the other people in that school.

I messed up my first 2 quarters at my school, but my determination and will not to fail got me through with a double major and a double minor. I, too, was discouraged, but after I realized what was needed to succeed, I found my way through. Alot of it was organizing my time and realizing I needed to know how to properly balance things out. If I played too hard, I made sure that I made it up by studying more. If I studied way too much, I made sure I made time for myself so the stress wouldn't get to me. After that, things became routine.
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Thanks everyone for the replys, i got in touch with my academic advisor and plan on retaking one of those C-'s.It was a five credit hour class so i'm hoping that it will make a nice difference. I've done a lot of thinking about what needs to be done, and what i can do to assure success, someone mentioned money as a motivator which got me to think about how hard i worked throughout high school at a fast food job 40+ hours a week so i could afford to go to college. (well without completely drowning myself in debt). I think in a way i needed this as an eye opener that college and high school are two very different things, and yes i am away at school and the freedom got to me, as well as a distraction from a certain party school ranking. Thanks for the motivation! The only way to go from here is up!
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Every single college student goes through this, you're fine.
That's really not true. My first semester I had a 4.0 and finished with a 3.9. It's called discipline. There's no shortcuts for hard work. Treat college like a job and you will be fine. You won't be driving a bimmer for long with those grades unless your parents spoil failures.
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That's really not true. My first semester I had a 4.0 and finished with a 3.9. It's called discipline. There's no shortcuts for hard work. Treat college like a job and you will be fine. You won't be driving a bimmer for long with those grades unless your parents spoil failures.
just curious where you went to school...At my state school I had a 4.0 as well, after transferring to a top 20 school its a whole different animal.
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That's really not true. My first semester I had a 4.0 and finished with a 3.9. It's called discipline. There's no shortcuts for hard work. Treat college like a job and you will be fine. You won't be driving a bimmer for long with those grades unless your parents spoil failures.
+1. First couple of years was where I boosted my GPA since I (apparently) adjusted faster to college life and its academic demands. Cornell Engineering Class of '97.

Best advice I can give:

1) Do homework/problem sets with a group of students that are smarter and more motivated than you. That way you can bounce ideas off of them, and they can teach you what you don't know. And said friends will help you with your homework/problem sets.

2) BUT, study for exams on your own, in a quiet place, away from people and distractions (unless you're completely lost in the class, in which case go back and study with said smarter and more motivated friends).
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In highschool i went from a 2.8 to a 3.8 just by getting perscribed
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That's really not true. My first semester I had a 4.0 and finished with a 3.9. It's called discipline. There's no shortcuts for hard work. Treat college like a job and you will be fine. You won't be driving a bimmer for long with those grades unless your parents spoil failures.
lol and you were prolly the kid who spent most of his time reading and fapping. I agree with working hard but if you plan on having fun, which you should, you are going to struggle a little.
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