[Grad] Difficulty of maintaining a gpa of 6.5

Hi,

I am currently studying a bachelor of human anatomy and biology and was wandering through the the 3 years of study, how difficult it will be to produce a GPA of 6.5 or above and maintain it. I have just started the bachelors so am unsure of how difficult it would turn out. If I memorise and spend hours studying parts and processes will it suffice? Thanks
 

Mana

there are no stupid questions, only people
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This is difficult to say, because we have no idea about your previous academic performance, nor with your visuospatial and memorisation abilities. It might be easier to predict how hard it would be for you after you have some tertiary record to compare against (or even an ATAR for general academic ability).

I would focus my energy on developing good study habits. Some people do end up studying for hours whereas others can get away with less, or find more efficient ways to do so.
 

Crow

Medical Student
Emeritus Staff
This really comes down to the individual person and how they cope with tertiary level study. Nobody gets a 6.5+ easily, but some get it much easier than others. You'll no doubt be told this by your lecturers, but rote learning (aka memorising without gaining an understanding of the concept) is not a recommended study method; if you don't actually learn a concept then it is easy to forget, and difficult to apply in both the real world as well as in difficult exam questions which require more than just straight up knowledge. But yes: be prepared to spend a lot of time studying if you wish to maintain a high GPA.

ETA: You win Mana ;)
 
Considering I got a 97 ATAR last year and given I do take in and understand the concepts well and memorise to a controlled extent will it suffice for this high GPA if I studied hard?
 

Crow

Medical Student
Emeritus Staff
Considering I got a 97 ATAR last year and given I do take in and understand the concepts well and memorise to a controlled extent will it suffice for this high GPA if I studied hard?
I don't think the answers above change in any way with this information - nobody can tell you exactly how well you will achieve at tertiary level until you've actually studied at that level.
 

Mana

there are no stupid questions, only people
Administrator
Considering I got a 97 ATAR last year and given I do take in and understand the concepts well and memorise to a controlled extent will it suffice for this high GPA if I studied hard?

6.5 is a reasonable goal for someone with a 97 ATAR, but in all cases you'll need to study effectively. As per Crow above - school performance isn't necessarily something that correlates with university performance.
 

Yamster

Dental Moderator
Emeritus Staff
Ensure that you utilise all the support facilities that you can in your first year too. I know for most universities, they offer non-assessed Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) classes for first years (which aren't compulsory) but are a great way to get introduced into your courses (and tertiary education as a whole) as well as to stay up to date with content. I know that I had to hop around through a few different sessions to find tutors which taught in a way that was coherent to my own learning style.

Some faculties even have specialised librarians/tutors that can go through essays/assignments to check structure/spelling for first years (more common in the business faculties rather than the science ones).

These support programs exist especially to help first years transition into university, make sure you use them as much as possible as they're normally removed in second year (and thus, your first year is probably the easiest to get a high gpa in)!

Sometimes it's better to set aside some time to find the right study method that works for you rather than just spending hours at a table trying to rote-learn everything. The first few weeks for first year courses are quite slow, this provides the perfect opportunity for you to try different learning techniques before things start to ramp up. Semesters go by quickly, one day you'll be in the first week and the next it'll be exam week - always try to keep up to date!!

Don't fall into the trap of not attending uni (as many do after the second or third week when they find out that it's not like school/attendance isn't compulsory) and keep on grinding it out! Set your goals high, put in the work and with a bit of luck, it'll all work out!

ETA: Welcome to MSO! If you have anymore questions or seek further clarification, you're more than welcome to ask! :) Good luck!!

ETA2: Don't put things off and say to yourself that you'll "catch up in the mid-semester break" - that never works out well!!
 
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