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Off The Record | Episode 6 | Getting better grades, parking meters and Betsy DeVos

Roberto Fonseca // September 21, 2017

This revived series takes a look at what’s new in The Orion's opinion section. Columnists discuss current events, local news and columns that can be found at This week, writers Kendall...

Getting betting grades is easier than you think. Photo credit: Briana Mcdaniel

Get better grades without more studying

Nicole Ritchie // September 18, 2017

Getting better grades without the investment of more studying is simple. Be likable.True, teachers rely on exams, papers and homework in determining a student’s grades. However, there is also a percentage...

High kids getting good grades

High kids getting good grades

Nicole Henson // April 16, 2017

Thanks to Jeff Spicoli's burnt out character in Fast Times at Ridgemont High the stereotype that students who use marijuana don’t care about their schooling has been around for decades. In reality,...

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What your GPA actually represents

December 13, 2015

Most college students attend classes in hopes of passing with a decent grade. In fact, a student's entire college career is judged almost solely on their cumulative grade point average. Students are...

Illustration by Miles Huffman

There’s more to grading than students think

Joseph Rogers // January 24, 2015

I used to be one of those students who was quietly disappointed when a professor announced that our papers were not yet ready to be handed back. Sure, most professors have what we could call a "real...

Julianna Eveland

Home for Christmas — with disappointing academic tidings

Julianna Eveland // December 19, 2014

They say there's no place like home for the holidays. Unless you have poor grades and a low GPA that need to be explained to your parents once you get there. If that’s the case, the thought...

Fall semester secret to success

Julianna Eveland // September 15, 2014

Fall semester has never been one of my finest moments academically. My studies have suffered in the fall ever since I was a first-year, and I think I've finally figured out why. At first I thought it was...

Stop striving for straight-A’s

Valerie Teegardin // March 11, 2014

After years of schooling, students are now conditioned to believe that good grades will get them a good job; as if an A is equivalent to success. If that's truly the case, then it's reasonable to...

Breaking the mid-semester slump

Matt Murphy // March 9, 2014

In college, trap games don't just apply to sports. The weeks leading up to spring break are easy to overlook with the promise of a week off hovering on the horizon. I'm a chief offender. It's hard not...

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