How to Flunk Out of School

16 Ways to Lower Your Grades or Flunk out of College

Tired of school and all those late-nighters? Try these sure-fire ways to ease the load, lower your GPA, and increase your chances to flunk out of college! We know from experience that these techniques work.

1. Eat an unbalanced diet.

Eat lots of sweet things and fatty foods. “When I don’t eat right, I don’t feel like studying.“Shay Dalton

2. Choose Not To Review and Recite Notes Regularly.

No review, no learning. “I reviewed for tests by rereading the material 2 to 3 times” Rod Henry - An academic suspension statistic.

3. Choose To Have a Negative and Limiting Attitudes.

Have negative attitudes about learning, instructors, and your ability to succeed. “This one got me on the bad side of every instructor. I didn’t know attitudes were a choice.” James Singer – Burger maker at Wendy’s

4. Don't Get Enough Nighttime Sleep.

5. Study Where It Is Noisy.

“I studied with the stereo or TV on,or around noisy roomates. I seemed to study so much more than other students but I kept getting low grades.” Tory Sellman

6. Don't Use a Calendar Book.

Don’t organize your time for classes, study, tests, papers, recreation, social activities, work, etc. I thought I could always make time to study when I had to so I didn’t need to write anything down. It didn’t work. I would always forget assignments and forget to study for tests. Wakesha Mosley - academically dismissed and applying for readmission (SAT score - 1270).

7. Do Not Go To Class or Arrive Late Repeatedly.

This lowered me from a C to a D because I missed so much material and the professor thought I didn’t care. Barry Longly

8. Be Like Everybody Else.

9. Don't Do What is Required.

Don’t do homework, or turn in papers, projects late. I found this a quick and easy way to flunk out of college. Tom Marlinski - Unemployed

10. Don't Take Notes In Class or From Text

I tried this and spent 2 semesters working in the fast food industry before I could to re-enroll in college. I was embarrassed. Cynthia Stall

11. Overload Yourself.

Take too many classes, work too many hours on a jobs, participate in too many student activities, and/or let your social life dominate your college life. John Deidrich – Business graduate with a 2.2 gpa. Still looking for a job in my field 2 years after graduating.

12. Cheat.

I got myself to believe that everyone did it until I got caught. I got an F in the course and was placed on probation. It would have been easier to learn the material…..and smarter. Eric Johnson

13. Cram.

I waited until I felt like or had to study instead of making time to study daily. My 1st semester gpa was .09. Hadly Martin

14. Don't Use Campus Learning Resources.

Don’t see a learning skills counselor, attend learning skills workshops or classes. I thought learning skills were only for remedial students. I found out no one learns without good skills for learning. I worked hard to develop my learning skills and my grades went up far enough to consider medical school. Dr. Jim Beal, MD

15. Study by Reading..Reading..Reading..

This worked in high school but killed me in college. Delbert Clyburn - short order cook

16. Don't Choose to Set Clear Goals.

Avoid short-term (like a specific GPA) or long-term goals (like a certain degree or career). When I realized how much motivation I got from setting goals, even simple ones, I set them daily on my “to do” notecard. Nelson Scopes, a 3.89 graduate student (once a 1.3 gpa undergraduate student)