• Jason Wheeler

6 Ways You Can Boost Your University Grades (Resources) – University of British Columbia (UBC)

The transition from high school to university can be quite the challenge. For some it will be trying to ace your classes to make daddy proud, and for others simply to not flunk out. Regardless of which one of those you are, or wherever you are in between, these 6 online university resources will help you bump up your grades and excel in your online classes at UBC. 

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Beat Your Course (BYC)

When it comes to studying for midterms and exams that you are unprepared for, BYC will be your best friend. Beat Your Course is basically a 6-12 course that runs through the entirety of your course so far, teaches you how to solve questions similar to the ones that will be on your exam, and also sometimes teaches you simpler ways to approach difficult questions (depending on your course). 

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The Official University 20xx Facebook Page (and Instagram page)

If you’re not already on the official university facebook page (ex. The Official UBC 2024 Facebook Page) and instagram page then you’re absolutely missing out. You may not think so yet with all of the cringey introduction posts that first years around the world are posting but, once classes do start you will want to be a part of it. Usually around late August and early September, a few go-getters will make posts in the UBC 2024 group announcing they are making group chats for certain classes, and you will want to be there so that you can get into those group chats. Not so much to make friends for life, but rather to be a part of the support that chat will be offering once classes start. Quite often those group chats will be the hot spot for sharing answers, and it definitely does not hurt to have access to those. 

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Quizlet (Quizlet.com)

Many of you are probably already familiar with this online cue card website. For those of you who aren’t, well that’s exactly what it is – an online cue card website. This website is good for more than just saving paper, it’s basically a giant online reservoir of online tests, quizzes, exams and questions in general. While doing your online class quizzes or tests, more times than not you will be able to find the exact answers to your quizzes or tests. Usually all you have to do is copy and paste your question into google, and then the answer will pop up under a quizlet site. You may need to create a free account to view all of the answers, but it is 100% worth it as you will be using this site throughout your entire time at university. 

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Rate My Prof (ratemyprofessors.com) 

This website is more of a resource to use before you select your classes, but it can be useful even after you’re already locked into your classes. For those of you who are unfamiliar, ratemyprofessors.com is a website used to look at reviews for professors before taking their classes. Oftentimes you will also be able to check out past students’ tips and tricks for getting a good grade in that profs class. Just search up your professor's name on the website and then scroll to the students comments/reviews to see what they had to say. 

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Chegg Alternative

Ch36650lut10n5.com is basically the free version of Chegg. This site has virtually every textbook solution and guide. It will prove to be an invaluable resource throughout your time at university. Plus it’s completely free and you don’t need to enter any of your information so nothing can be traced back to you. 

Course Syllabus – Learning Goals/Learning Objectives

This may seem like an obvious one, but it can be one of the most underrated university resources. Before attending your class and when studying for exams, take a look back at the courses learning goals and learning objectives. This way when you’re studying you will only have to focus on the main components of the course and can oftentimes disregard irrelevant parts of the course. This may not be relevant for all courses however for many memory based classes it can save you a significant amount of time when it comes to choosing what you want to cram into your brain before the exam. 

Hopefully these 6 online resources will help you do at least slightly better in your online class endeavours. As the semester progresses I will be posting another version of this article with more resources, as well as tips and tricks for online classes.