How to Improve Your Grade Point Average

How to Improve Your Grade Point Average
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    Your grade point average accurately reflects how well you are performing in college.

    However, as you accumulate credits, changes to your grade point average become less noticeable over time as your new grades are added to a large inventory of existing grades.


Still, even if you are nearing the end of your undergraduate studies there are ways you can improve your GPA effectively.

1. Repeat the course. That “D” grade you got in your sophomore year “Foundation of Business Management” course has been nagging you. Quite easily, if you applied yourself you could have gotten a “B” grade or better. That represents a 3.0 instead of a 1.0 grade for the course.

Your grade is matter of record, but it can just as easily be expunged provided you retake the class. This may be an especially wise move if your GPA is currently at 2.98. By getting a “B” grade or higher you may be able to raise your score to a 3.02, just above the 3.0 cut off for school honors and employment.

2. Transfer to a new school. If you begin your pursuit of your higher education and decide to transfer to a new college or university, likely your grades will not transfer, although the successful completion of your courses can.

Many schools do not allow classes with a grade of “C-” or lower to transfer. If you have your share of low grades, you can have your “good” classes transfer and leave your “bad” classes behind. Your GPA resets to zero when you start at your new school, while credit is given for classes that successfully transfer. Retake those “bad” classes at your new school.

3. Consult with your academic advisor. If your GPA places you on a borderline where you might be asked to leave school, then you need to arrange for a meeting with your academic advisor. As a matter of fact, this may be a requirement if you are placed on academic probation.

Your academic advisor will offer guidance on how you can improve your grades. For instance, you may be teamed with a peer tutor, another student who can help you study and hold you accountable. In addition, your professor may allow you undertake extra credit work. A successfully completed special project might help you achieve a higher grade where testing or rewriting a term paper might not.

Making the Grade

Ultimately, the responsibility of improving your GPA rests squarely with you. Honesty is important too — if your study habits are wanting, change your behavior to prioritize your college education over your extracurricular activities. This may mean dropping out of a fraternity or a sorority, and keeping your nose in your textbook some nights even as your friends take in a game or other special event.

See AlsoHow to Determine Your College Grade Point Average


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