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Full disclosure: I strongly considered transferring to a different college after my first semester at the University of Dallas. It wasn’t that I didn’t adore the school, or that I didn’t have any friends; I was just getting my butt kicked academically and I wasn’t sure whether I would ever be able to catch up. It was the first time in my life that I had had trouble with school; when I was in high school, even in the advanced-placement classes, I barely had to study to get an A.

Turns out that that was my problem. I didn’t know how to study.

UD students are very intelligent, but sometimes we forget that intelligence alone isn’t always enough to get the grades we want. We need to work hard, too. It was only when I figured out a way to study that worked for me that I was able to get my grades up, and I realized that I didn’t need to transfer schools in order to succeed.

So figure out a way to study that works for you. Start study groups for classes, or create a reward system for every assignment you complete. I have a friend who uses the website writtenkitten.net, which provides an adorable picture of a kitten for every 100 words that one writes, to write his essays. It’s adorable and a surprisingly good motivator. I study by isolating myself at a table in Haggar for hours on end and by eating a disgusting amount of M&M’S. Different things work for different people, so take the time to find out what study-style works for you.

There is no better feeling than seeing an A, which you worked really hard to get, on a test or paper. Studying might take up the time that you would normally use to binge-watch a show on Netflix or party with your friends, and you may get a perfectly respectable B without trying at all, but it’s totally worth the effort.

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