Hey everyone, I just finished my first semester with a 3.4. I'm pretty disappointed (Though, not really, since my only B was in a freaking drawing class that I thought would be an easy A)
I'll admit I didn't really try my best, but I'm wanting to take note of this semester and dominate from here going forward.
Anyways, could all of you share your tips? I've probably already heard them or read them before, but it's nice to hear them again from real people.
Tips on How to maintain a high GPA at University?
GPA is critical when it comes to wall street recruitment. Those looking to apply to banks and top hedge funds will be expected to have a GPA that is 3.6 or preferably higher.
User @Husky32 shared a detailed explanation of how to achieve a high GPA:
It's important that you take legitimate classes that are interesting/useful like accounting, math, finance as opposed to bs classes like anthropology/sociology/art (srs). If you're interested in the material and really enjoy reading and solving problems in the subject it will be much easier to do well.
Business/Econ is very meritocratic, so you have to know the material! For me, econ/finance classes are a cakewalk as it provides the opportunity to learn more about the field that I am interested in pursuing.
It's key to not get behind in any courses you take. Make sure to read the chapter an hour before the class starts in order to get a good foundation and then go to lecture with a goal to only take down relevant information that you conjecture will be on examinations.
If you're struggling with math/science then go to your university peer tutoring center at least a week before the exam (do problems in your dorm, check the answers in the back of the book, circle the problems you get wrong and get feedback on why you got them wrong).
I would try to study at least 20 hours per week outside of the classroom and maybe 30 hours during test weeks. You only need a 3.7 to have a "top" gpa and in terms of recruiting 3.7=3.9 which should allow you to join a frat or clubs on campus.
One user shared that a key piece of advice for maintaining a high GPA.
Time management is huge, especially if you're interning/working part-time as well as having some leadership roles for your extracurriculars.
You can check out more advice about getting a high GPA in college.
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