Top 5: Tips to Get Higher Grades & UIC Spark in the Park

Hey Flames!

Just got back from UIC’s 2nd Annual Spark in the Park Music Fest!– featuring Lupe Fiasco with special guest The Cool Kids, Flosstradamus, and The Hood Internet.

The Chicago sunset with The Cool Kids performing before Lupe Fiasco

Lupe Fiasco entering the stage!!! Performed Superstar, Kick Push, Beautiful Lasers, The Show Goes On, and much more.

Other than that, an absolutely exciting week as I give you my,

Top 5: “Tips to Get Higher Grades”

5. Create a “Game Plan”
Get down and read the syllabus. Know how the points are divided, then create a studying plan on how to get an A. Throughout the semester, be sure to calculate your grade and know what you need to get to pull off a passing/high grade.

ME 250 class spring 2011. Creating a game plan will ease out the semester. It was simple to create this 10-week golf project.

4. Know thyself
Know your strengths and weaknesses; meaning, if math isn’t your thing, then plan on spending time on it. Know your best study conditions as well, like studying at the library and create a study group when it helps.

CME 205 Professor encouraging study groups to solve this quiz problem, realizing that there's an error in calculations

3. Ask Questions and Volunteer
Know the material– in some, but not all difficult classes, you are literally competing for your grade. For instance, my physics professor a year ago only awarded A’s to the top 10 students in the class. So ask questions, volunteer, and get extra credit whenever possible, because that 1% grade difference will be the game breaker.

2. Attention to Detail

CME 205 notes with colored pen

     I learned this in the military and the same goes in university life. Always make sure your well prepared for class, taking the most accurate notes, keeping well organized; because in the end, the student with the better game will come out on top.

1. “If you ain’t first, your last” -Ricky bobby, Talladega Nights

This applies to where you sit in class. Sitting in the front row saved my butt multiple times and gave me higher grades. Not only will the professor get to know you, but you can hear them better, see the board better, know whats happening in class, sit with the most active students, and most importantly not doze off.

Sitting in the back of class is very difficult to see or even hear the professor

Tuesday, I did a photo shoot with UIC photographers at Millennium Park. Random fact, that was the first time I had a make-up artist. As a thank you, they gave me a $25 gift card to the bookstore which leads me to the question of the week.

TOPIC NEXT WEEK:  “Top 3: Things Not to Do During Class”

 QUESTION OF THE WEEK: What’s the best way to spend $25 at the UIC Bookstore?

ANSWER FOR LAST WEEK: SCE’s previous name was CCC, Chicago Circle Center. 

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About Darren Ujano, Civil Engineering

Civil Engineering and I am employed by UIC Campus Housing as well as Project SYNCERE. Fun fact: I love eating Oreos

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