Sorry but no rocket science here. Mostly common sense, but I can virtually guarantee that following these 7 basic steps will make a huge difference in your grades during college. I can’t promise a 4.0 GPA but am willing to bet that systematically following these basic principles will add at least a single grade point to your freshman year average versus the typical student. After a couple of years, most college students naturally figure these things out as they develop and refine their own personal system. But during your freshman year everything is so new, exciting and DISTRACTING.