Get better grades


By MEGAN MINSHEW, Staff Reporter |

The beginning of a new year and a new semester often inspires college students to seek improvement – especially in terms of their grades.

Amarillo College offers tutoring services and support systems to help make those resolutions a reality. The Writers’ Corner, Science Enrichment Center and Math Outreach Center are just a few of the options available.

Students said they have found that these centers helped them develop have better studying habits. “I have had several repeat students come to get help,” Hayleigh Steadman, a tutor at The Writers’ Corner, said. “Students that come in continually want to keep coming because they have gotten better grades. I have actually had a student come in recently saying they have received a better grade after seeking out help at the Writers’ Corner,” she said.

Many students said they appreciate the college’s tutoring services. Alexis Lee, a business accounting major, said the help is beneficial because “it’s free and you don’t have to pay for it, so that’s good.” 

Other students said they plan to boost their grades by developing better habits. Eden Waters, a graphic design major, said she will improve her grades in 2019 by “attending class, making sure to pay attention and to obviously study.”

Another way to improve grades is to “keep good communication,” Ruth De Anda, an AC adviser, said. Good communication with an instructor can help any student who is struggling in a class, she said.

“I can’t stress enough how important it is to talk to your instructor,” De Anda said, adding that poor interaction between the instructor and student can have a significantly negative effect on a student’s grade.

De Anda also said students should stay in touch with their advisers. “Communication is the biggest key to being successful in your classes.”

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