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We all have that one class that seems nearly impossible. It feels like no matter what is done, you do not get the grade you hoped for. For me, this class was BIO 120 at Grand Valley State University. This course pushed me to the limits and tested my determination to try my very hardest. Here are 5 tips to help you survive this course!

Tip #1: Read the chapters

Many professors say this the first day of class, that reading the chapters will help you succeed in the course. With BIO 120, this is most definitely a true statement. By reading each chapter, you will pick up on small details about topics that are both easy to comprehend and some that are not. Also, when taking an exam, you might read a question and remember the answer from your reading!

Tip #2: Do your homework 

This may sound like common sense to some, but doing your homework not only for BIO 120, but any class will help your grade tremendously. The extra points will most likely boost your grade and give you a cushion in case you do not do so hot on the next exam!

Tip #3: Attend FREE tutoring sessions

Tutoring at GVSU is awesome because not only is it helpful and based solely your personal schedule, it is FREE! Tutors are often older students who specialize in the course, and are passionate about what they are trying to help you with. Also, many of the tutors have taken this exact course you could be struggling with, and they offer great study tips and advice.

Tip #4: Do not wait till the last minute to study

In high school, many people (including myself) waited until the night before to study for an exam, but that is not how it works in college. Looking over notes, worksheets, and reviews in advance will help you master the material and lead to less stress the night before because you feel better prepared! BIO 120 exams are often long and a lot of information so make sure to not procrastinate, and take the time to review!

Tip #5: Try you’re very best

College is a whole new experience and classes are a lot more demanding than in high school. It will take time to get a routine and find a rhythm, but do not worry, it will come! If you give 100% effort in the class, and work hard in the labs, your success rate will improve drastically. Don’t beat yourself up if you don’t pass, we all have our own strengths! Just remember, all you can do, is the best you can do.

All in all, BIO 120 came and went faster than anticipated. Everyone has that one class that seems like a nightmare, but always remember that it will be over before you know it, and what doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger.


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Kelly Solak

Lover of Jesus, exercise, food, and sunshine♡ Grand Valley State University // MI


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