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Welcome back to school! A few tips...

Many of the students I tutor want help with general study skills as well as specific subject matter. Now that many students are heading into a new semester, perhaps it's time to review some basic tips for how to improve your grades this semester.

1) Manage your time. A good way to do this is by downloading a time management app, or keeping track of how you spend your time manually. Allotting time for each task you need to complete will help you achieve your academic goals.

2) Make a to-do list. At the beginning of the day, make a list of the things you want to achieve. You'll feel accomplished by marking off completed tasks, and at the end of the day any uncompleted tasks move over to the next day's list.

3) Form study groups or get a study buddy. Bouncing your ideas off others helps you think through problems and come up with solutions. Plus, being in a group will motivate you to keep on task.

4) Don't be afraid to ask for help. Teachers and professors usually have time set aside to meet with students who need help. For more individualized attention, a tutor is a good option to keep you on track.