Academic Success

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We want to help you get good grades, prepare for standardized tests such as the MCAT or GRE, and get involved in activities that will allow you to develop professionally.

To develop professionally, apply to scholarships/fellowships, do scientific research, be part of your department honors program, and/or take on leadership positions within the Chemistry & Biochemistry Club (CBC). Are you able to introduce a guest speaker? Can you serve as a tutor? Can you perform a chemistry demonstration or give a lab tour to visitors, including kids? By helping to organize activities or participating in outreach through CBC you will develop leadership and organizational skills that will help you professionally.

The information on this page is compiled by students for students. Some of these websites have also been suggested and endorsed by faculty. If you come across a useful resource, please let us know! Email us at: chemcsula (at) or zuritalopez (at)

Why Getting Good Grades is Important

Grades are not the measure of a person. However, they can inform others about your ability to handle different projects and assignments, your ability to stay organized, your level of responsibility, etc.

Grades are also not the only measure of academic accomplishment. However, they reflect (although imperfectly) how much you have learned in your various courses. Although you can learn a great deal without making high grades, grades are one of the concrete things society uses to judge what you are likely to accomplish in the future.

Good grades boost confidence and save you money.

Students who do well in couses are more confidant and more likely to take on bigger challenges. Thus, students who do well, tend to develop "soft skills" like time management, communication, and organizational skills because they will take on more responsibilities as their confidence grows! In addition, if you do well in class, you will not have to repeat it! Thus, saving you lots of time and money!

Students who fear their course, are more likely to do worse. The following are study tips to help you prepare for a course that you may fear.

Good grades open the door to graduate school or professional school. 

High grades are critical to acceptance into graduate and professional schools who often receive thousands of applications for less than 100 hundred spots. Your grades will probably be the first factor in determining whether you are admitted or not because they will use an algorithm with a GPA cutoff to select their top candidates.

Good grades can lead to honors programs, honor societies, scholarships, and other opportunities.

Grades can help you earn scholarships to pay for tuition, books, etc. In addition, your grades will make you eligible for special programs on campus such as honors programs or special funding opportunities.

Good grades can lead to internship opportunities and higher paying jobs.

Employers / recruiters care about good grades, especially large companies. The National Association of Colleges and Employers states that 67% of companies screen candidates by their GPA.

Additional Study Resources

Don't forget that the Chemistry and Biochemistry Club offers FREE chemistry tutoring!

12 Tips for Studying at Home

For Study Tips and Note Taking visit this resource page from University Tutorial Center - click here.

The Study Cycle

Getting the most out of Office Hours

5 simple things you can do to boost your academic success, presentation by Dr. Cecilia Zurita-Lopez, CBC Faculty Co-Advisor.