Raise Your GPA With Summer College Courses

Raise Your GPA With Summer College Courses
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    Your grade point average might possibly need a boost, perhaps to help you get into an honors program or land a job following graduation.


Your GPA may only rise slightly if you’re near the end of your college tenure, but it can enjoy a significant boost if you’re still a freshman. Read on for some tips on how to give your GPA a boost by taking one or more college courses this summer.

1. Know where you stand — To raise your GPA, you need to know where you currently stand. This means reviewing your college transcripts and looking for your cumulative grade point average. If you finished your freshmen year and have 30 credits under your belt, your GPA might be a 3.25 based on five “B” and five “B+” grades, assuming your college awards a 3.0 for a “B” and a 3.5 for a “B+” grade.

2. What to aim for — For the example shown, you can raise your GPA to a 3.29 if you take a course this summer and get an “A” grade. That might not be enough to put you in honors territory, but it will move you closer to your goal. Furthermore, if the class you plan to take is your second shot at that course — replacing a previous “B” grade, then your GPA will rise to 3.35. Consider this option if you need to replace a low grade, one that is dragging down your GPA.

3. Sign up for a class — Take one summer class at a time to concentrate on that topic alone. Check with your college’s registrar department for availability and choose the class that will either replace one you’ve already taken or one that is needed for your graduating requirements.

4. Dedicate yourself — To reach the highest possible grade for your class, follow the professor’s instructions precisely. You may want to meet with him or her and explain your desire to get a top grade. Your professor can work with you as you aim for you goal, helping you to stay on track with your assignments, tests and papers.

5. Remove distractions — Summer courses are typically concentrated, giving students just six weeks to complete the class. This means from the very start you’ll be working toward your final class, receiving key term assignments right away and taking your first quiz or test that initial week. Expect difficulty in making the grade if you have other responsibilities to carry such as work or family obligations. If you must work, reduce your hours if possible. Ask your family members to support your need for expanded study time too.

6. Attend class and study — Plan on attending every class this summer. That may mean being in class Monday through Friday for up to three hours per day. You’ll need to allow an equal number of hours for studying each day and additional hours for research. If you’re balancing multiple responsibilities, then studying at night and on weekends can help you spread out the burden. If you miss a class, expect to work doubly hard to catch up.

7. Keep track of deadlines — Whether you track your deadlines with an app or are using a journal, you’ll want to pace yourself as you go about your studying. If a book must be read, plan to read a certain number of pages daily. For a 320-page book, that may mean reading 32 pages per day over the next 10 days. Take notes after you finish for the day and draw up an outline if you’ll be planning a report. Following each test, if a grade is lower than an “A” ask the professor if you can take it over. If she agrees to this, then the higher of the two test grades will apply, all the more incentive for you to study. Get plenty of rest, exercise and eat right all summer long. If you feel good, then you’re bound to test better and come away with a higher grade.

Your GPA

Your final grade may not be known until after the summer semester has ended. Your professor, however, may be able to grade your final paper or test before the class ends for the summer, giving you a good indication what grade you will receive. When your grades arrive a week or two later, review your transcript. Hopefully, your hard work paid off and your GPA has risen accordingly. Who knows, it may encourage you take classes next summer too!

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