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Off The Record is back for the first time this semester. Photo credit: The Orion

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,...

Illustration by Katherine Kurz Photo credit: Katherine Kurz

What your GPA actually represents

December 13, 2015
GPA may not determine how smart someone is, but it does reflect one's work ethic.
Illustration by Miles Huffman

There’s more to grading than students think

Joseph Rogers // January 24, 2015
Former T.A. explores how grading is not limited to one paper or class.
Julianna Eveland

Home for Christmas — with disappointing academic tidings

Julianna Eveland // December 19, 2014
Telling your parents you got bad grades this semester isn't the best feeling, but returning to improve is.

Fall semester secret to success

Julianna Eveland // September 15, 2014
Getting good grades tends to be easier in the spring than the fall, and now it's time to make some changes.

Stop striving for straight-A’s

Valerie Teegardin // March 11, 2014
Why good grades don't help chances of getting hired.

Breaking the mid-semester slump

Matt Murphy // March 9, 2014
The weeks before spring break are just asking for students to slip up.
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