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Many students would love to know the answer to “How do I raise my GPA?”
Studying hard is an obvious answer, but that can be difficult. An easy answer comes from behavioral research.
Shawn Achor, who taught and conducted research at Harvard, has the answer: pick a smart roommate.
One study of Dartmouth College students by economist Bruce Sacerdote illustrates how powerful this influence is. He found that when students with low grade-point averages simply began rooming with higher-scoring students, their grade-point averages increased. These students, according to the researchers, “appeared to infect each other with good and bad study habits—such that a roommate with a high grade-point average would drag upward the G.P.A. of his lower-scoring roommate.”
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