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Tips to maintain grades during midterms

By Paityn Viall
On March 8, 2017

With midterms approaching, many college students struggle to keep up their grades. These students often have difficulty finding the motivation to complete assignments and study for upcoming exams.

 Jasmine Reuter, electroneurodiagnostic major at Kirkwood Community College, said she is one of these students but has come up with a way to boost her daily motivation.

“It’s really hard staying motivated, to be completely honest. I had to start writing my goals on my closet door so that I can see them every morning,” said Reuter. 

Along with creating goals is planning. According to, “Part of getting good grades is balancing the various things you have to do, week by week.” Planning ahead can allow students to make time for all assignments, as well as school activities and work. 

There are many ways a student can balance their time. It does not have to be a “one size fits all” process. Some students choose to set reminders on their cellphone, while others write everything down on an agenda or a calendar.

It is also important when maintaining good grades not to take on too much. Advisors here at Kirkwood encourage students to take on only what they can comfortably handle, while still maintaining a steady pace toward graduation or transferring to another school. 

According to’s recommendation, “Take four, or at the most, five courses each semester.” Students are encouraged to work with their assigned academic advisor before registering for classes to ensure success at Kirkwood Community College.

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