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Postby SwiperNoSwiping » Wed Sep 14, 2005 8:43 am

deluxe_247 wrote:
NittanyLions wrote:Im currently the 'whatever kid' in HS and im pulling off over a 4.0 so far.


things must have changed since i was in school...4.0 used to be the highest you could get. :-?


Yep, same here. Now, I am feeling old. Haha...

What's that the highest you can get now? Probably depends on the school and scale used...
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Postby Mercer Boy » Wed Sep 14, 2005 8:50 am

Well, here's what I did...

In high school, I never studied until the day (and sometimes the period) before a test, and I did my homework pretty much lickety split every night and had a 4.1 weighted average out of 4.3.

College was harder...but I still did not do much studying. For the first 4-5 weeks of each semester (before all my classes had tests on the same week without fail :-[), I did nothing except watch TV, play video games with my friends, and whatever else I did that was fun for me. I did not want to and had no desire to study. If I was supposed to read something or do homework that wasn't mandatory, I didn't do it. The only thing that got me was required homework. A lot of it was stuff that I couldn't do myself, so I had to ask others smarter than me and take a longer amount of time to do it. Other than that, I just hung out.

Three days before the test period (basically an entire week where I had a major test in all of my classes...they seriously all have tests on the same week, so be ready for that) is when I kicked into gear. I basically didn't leave my room during the evening and studied until 1 or 2 each night. After all was said and done, I had a 3.14 overall GPA and a 3.0 Chemistry GPA. Sure, that wasn't good enough to get any nice accolades from the college, but I think I mixed fun and schooling well getting grades like that. Also, I have been told that the private school I went to was much harder than most state schools, so I just tell myself that I would have gotten a 4.0 at those places. :-D

In college, I knew kids that studied ALL the time...they were tools - serious tools. Do not do that unless you need to in order to pass. I just don't see how you can go to a place with people your age (and hot girls your age) and not go out and have fun.

I think my 3 days before method was quite successful in that you had a lot of free time and then had enough time to prepare for tests. ;-D
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Postby Redskins Win » Wed Sep 14, 2005 8:54 am

I was the worst student in HS, but a good athlete and did just enough school work to not get suspened from any athletic activity. I think I graduated with about a C- average. Joined the Marines and did a bunch of stuff after the Corps and then 10 years after High School decided to put my GI bill and Vet benefits to use. got an AS degree from community college with 3.8 and then went to University got a BS with 3.5.

Moral of the story . . I don't know but the freshman 15 is for real. Mostly affects chicks. If you just go to class and take good notes you're a lock to nail a B avereage.
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Postby PackerAttack84 » Wed Sep 14, 2005 9:13 am

Note to self: Take easy classes next year and classes I want to take. This year way to much homework for my likings, If it wasn't for my advanced class I wouldn't have had homework.
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Postby black_hawk8888 » Wed Sep 14, 2005 9:33 am

I did it just like Mercer and thought that college was the best 4 years of my life. Intramural football and basketball, hanging out at the beach, Madden champion of our dorm, and social activities with buddies and/or the opposite sex. I really only went to school for about 12 days a year and still got a 3.2 GPA overall. Just pay attention when you are in class and study up a few days before the tests. I figured that I would only use about 10% of what I was learning anyway and used the rest of the time to enjoy the college life ;-D
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Postby SwiperNoSwiping » Wed Sep 14, 2005 9:38 am

black_hawk8888 wrote:I did it just like Mercer and thought that college was the best 4 years of my life. Intramural football and basketball, hanging out at the beach, Madden champion of our dorm, and social activities with buddies and/or the opposite sex. I really only went to school for about 12 days a year and still got a 3.2 GPA overall. Just pay attention when you are in class and study up a few days before the tests. I figured that I would only use about 10% of what I was learning anyway and used the rest of the time to enjoy the college life ;-D


Yeah, that was my problem...I seldom went to class. :-D

College was without a doubt some of the best times of my life though. Growing up, cutting the cords from family to a degree, and living and doing everything on your own. As far as the Swiper GPA? We won't go there. :-o
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Postby aussieboy » Wed Sep 14, 2005 9:46 am

Here's what happened to me:

During highschool I always got excellent marks for the first semester, prety much straigh As. For the second semester I would slacken off big time and my grades would take a serious drop...Cs mainly. This was a constant thing that occured for my first 4 years of highschool, in my final year, something clicked. I don't know what happened, but I just somehow put a great yr together academically. All I ever wanted to do was to study Medicine. Maybe the pressure of getting grades required to get into Med School spurred me on, I dont know. I ended up getting a great mark, 87/90, which put me in the 99.4th percentile. Those marks plus a good interview got me into Med School.

It was all downhill from there.

I dont know what happened. Like I said, all i ever wanted to do was get into Med School, when I achieved my goal I mustve thought my life was set. That's it, I dont need to do any more work. Boy was I in for a shock. In my first yr, I hardly attended class, all I did was socialise, drink and party. I had never really failed anything in my life, so the thought of failing the year didnt even enter my mind. I tried to cram a years work in a few weeks before the final exams, but to no avail. I ended up failing the first year and had to repeat it. I was shattered, absolutely devastated. In hindsight, I probably shouldve taken a yr off before going to College. Essentially I did anyway, but I accumulated a lot of College fees for my troubles.

That was 4 yrs ago. Im in my second to last yr now, and I still can't study. I've managed to scrape through every yr since then, but I haven't been able to get back to that consistent level of study that managed in my final yr of high school. I want to study, and I know that I should and that I'm leaving myself a shit load to catch up on at the end of the yr, but I still manage to procrastinate.

I think things are a bit different in Australia in that we don't have to pay our college fees upfront. Many people take up the option of deferring their fees until they start working. Whereby then you pay a small % of your salary to pay off your college fees.

Anyway, I pray that I pass this yr, since next yr I wont have any exams. That's it im gonna go hit the books..........
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Postby Teck » Wed Sep 14, 2005 1:54 pm

I just finished my first one also, half way thru the second. I don't know if I like or not really yet, because a lot of my classes are lame. my lit class is the worst ever, im in the second lowest math class in the college becuase I bombed my placement test, then I have a psycho geology teacher, and a Foreign Sociology teacher. To boot, my girlfriend is an hour and a half away in the twin cities and it's just really hard to deal with :S
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Postby MadScott » Wed Sep 14, 2005 4:10 pm

SwiperNoSwiping wrote:
black_hawk8888 wrote:I did it just like Mercer and thought that college was the best 4 years of my life. Intramural football and basketball, hanging out at the beach, Madden champion of our dorm, and social activities with buddies and/or the opposite sex. I really only went to school for about 12 days a year and still got a 3.2 GPA overall. Just pay attention when you are in class and study up a few days before the tests. I figured that I would only use about 10% of what I was learning anyway and used the rest of the time to enjoy the college life ;-D


Yeah, that was my problem...I seldom went to class. :-D

College was without a doubt some of the best times of my life though. Growing up, cutting the cords from family to a degree, and living and doing everything on your own. As far as the Swiper GPA? We won't go there. :-o
Similar story with my GE classes. I literally went to Poly Sci 6 times all semester, the first 2 days of class, 2 midterms, final review session and the final. Pulled a "B" in the class. :-b
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Postby Mercer Boy » Wed Sep 14, 2005 4:49 pm

Yeah...there were a bunch of people at my school that did the "only show up for the first and last day and tests." I got a tad annoyed at that since I never missed class unless I had a dang good reason and probably did no better than they did. I suppose that makes me the "stupid" one, but I'm one of those people that has to hear things for myself before I can remember them...I'm not the best at reading comprehension. :-/

Oh, it also helps to be friends with frat guys...they normally have several years worth of old tests that get rehashed every few years. ;-) ;-D
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