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p>i am not able get good grades in college,its not that i dont work hard,or dont have enthusiasm but somehow i miss something somewhere please help

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p>There are many reasons why a student may not get good grades in college despite studying hard and feeling enthusiastic about learning.

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p>One common problem that afflicts many people is during their freshman year of school. The first year can be a major adjustment. After all, freshman students are coping with living in a dormitory setting, making new friends, living away from home and feeling overwhelmed and stressed with all of this. I have known circumstances in which overly optimistic young people register for a difficult study schedule in the first year. They soon discover that things that came easy in High School are much more difficult in College and they underestimated the need for a moderate to easy schedule at least for the first semester.

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p>However, there are many other factors that could cause a student to have learning difficulties in college. Among these factors are:

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p>Depression and anxiety interfere with concentration and memory. Visiting the school counseling department is of utmost importance in seeking help and relief for these problems.

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p>It is not unusual for some people to get through their school years with learning difficulties that go undiagnosed. It is only when these people get to college that it becomes clear that they have a learning disability. These learning difficulties can range from very poor reading skills to dyslexia, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or some other type of minor neurological disorder that interferes with learning.

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p>Without implying that this describes you it is nevertheless important to point out that drugs and alcohol interfere with school performance. There are those who will state that marijuana does not affect learning. However, it is my professional opinion that the use of any intoxicant can get in the way of performance. While it is true that many college students drink lots of beer and wine they succeed best if they confine that activity to the weekend and not during the week. Simply put drugs and alcohol cause deterioration in memory especially if used during and after classes.

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p>Many students do not know how to study and were not taught how to during High School. Cramming for tests the night before does not allow for the maximum use of memory and the storage of information. That is why, by the time mid term and final exams come around, these students have to relearn a whole semester of information because it did not remain stored in long term memory.

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p>For many of the problems described above a visit to the school’ student counseling department is the first step in getting the help needed to deal with these things. Most colleges provide some type of brief counseling for depression and anxiety and refer students for more comprehensive psychiatric treatment including medication.

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p>In the same way, the college may have its own department for students with learning problems and offer a variety of services to help them with their learning difficulties.

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p>Finally, most schools have some type of tutoring program in which advanced students who are talented in a particular subject tutor others who are having difficulties.

The idea is to not try to do it on your own but to reach out for help in your college community

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