The Orion

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

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

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 George and Grayson Boyer talk about grades, the student impact on city council and Betsy DeVos.     ...

Get better grades without more studying

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

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 of the grade that is subjective. Yes! A teacher who likes a student is most likely going to ...

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, just because someone may be looking forward to getting high after class doesn’t mean they aren’t ...

What your GPA actually represents

Illustration by Katherine Kurz Photo credit: Katherine Kurz

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 taught to get the best grade possible in a course in order to be considered successful in their academic...

There’s more to grading than students think

Illustration by Miles Huffman

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 life" outside of their class times and office hours, but I wanted to know what I got on that pape...

Home for Christmas — with disappointing academic tidings

Julianna Eveland

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 of returning home can cause a dreaded, sinking feeling — almost nauseating. I know because I h...

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 just my personality. I'm not sure if I believe in all that astrology stuff, but I'm an Aries; born in the spri...

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 assume that a student who proves their dedication to education by pulling straight-A's will be more favorable in ...

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 to take my foot off the gas pedal when I see there's only a week until the break and coast into it. Like p...

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