16 Ways to Lower Your Grades or Flunk out of College
Tired of school and all those late-nighters? Try these sure-fire ways to ease the load, lower your GPA, and increase your chances to flunk
out of college! We know from experience that these techniques work.
- 1. Eat an unbalanced diet.
Eat lots of sweet things and fatty foods. “When I don’t eat right, I don’t feel like studying.“Shay Dalton
- 2. Choose Not To Review and Recite Notes Regularly.
No review, no learning. “I reviewed for tests by rereading the material 2 to 3 times” Rod Henry - An academic suspension statistic.
- 3. Choose To Have a Negative and Limiting Attitudes.
Have negative attitudes about learning, instructors, and your ability to succeed. “This one got me on the bad side of every
instructor. I didn’t know attitudes were a choice.” James Singer – Burger maker at Wendy’s
- 4. Don't Get Enough Nighttime Sleep.
5. Study Where It Is Noisy.
“I studied with the stereo or TV on,or around noisy roomates. I seemed to study so much more than other students but I kept
getting low grades.” Tory Sellman
- 6. Don't Use a Calendar Book.
Don’t organize your time for classes, study, tests, papers, recreation, social activities, work, etc. I thought I could
always make time to study when I had to so I didn’t need to write anything down. It didn’t work. I would always forget assignments and
forget to study for tests. Wakesha Mosley - academically dismissed and applying for readmission (SAT score - 1270).
- 7. Do Not Go To Class or Arrive Late Repeatedly.
This lowered me from a C to a D because I missed so much material and the professor thought I didn’t care. Barry Longly
- 8. Be Like Everybody Else.
9. Don't Do What is Required.
Don’t do homework, or turn in papers, projects late. I found this a quick and easy way to flunk out of college.
Tom Marlinski - Unemployed
- 10. Don't Take Notes In Class or From Text
I tried this and spent 2 semesters working in the fast food industry before I could to re-enroll in college. I was embarrassed.
- 11. Overload Yourself.
Take too many classes, work too many hours on a jobs, participate in too many student activities, and/or let your social life
dominate your college life. John Deidrich – Business graduate with a 2.2 gpa. Still looking for a job in my field 2 years after graduating.
- 12. Cheat.
I got myself to believe that everyone did it until I got caught. I got an F in the course and was placed on probation.
It would have been easier to learn the material…..and smarter. Eric Johnson
- 13. Cram.
I waited until I felt like or had to study instead of making time to study daily. My 1st semester gpa was .09. Hadly Martin
- 14. Don't Use Campus Learning Resources.
Don’t see a learning skills counselor, attend learning skills workshops or classes. I thought learning skills were only for
remedial students. I found out no one learns without good skills for learning. I worked hard to develop my learning skills
and my grades went up far enough to consider medical school. Dr. Jim Beal, MD
- 15. Study by Reading..Reading..Reading..
This worked in high school but killed me in college. Delbert Clyburn - short order cook
- 16. Don't Choose to Set Clear Goals.
Avoid short-term (like a specific GPA) or long-term goals (like a certain degree or career). When I realized how much
motivation I got from setting goals, even simple ones, I set them daily on my “to do” notecard. Nelson Scopes, a 3.89
graduate student (once a 1.3 gpa undergraduate student)
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