3 years ago
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GPA increase

Hi Im a sophmore and am in my last 9 weeks for the year and I checked my gpa to find out I have a 2.0 (super bummed about it ). Is it possible that if work hard enough I could end up with a 3.7 gpa by the end of junior year. I dont know much about college applications so I didnt realize how important my GPA was.

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is something that every student strives for. A GPA increase can mean the difference between getting accepted into a college or not, receiving scholarship money or not, or even just feeling accomplished. It can be difficult to get your GPA up, but with dedication and hard work, it is possible.

The first step to increasing your GPA is to develop a study plan. This means setting aside specific times each week to focus solely on studying. Make sure to create a study plan that is realistic and achie

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3 years ago[edited]


To be completely honest, I do not believe there is a way to get your GPA up to your goal of a 3.7 in just nine weeks. However, you can definitely put in an effort to increase your GPA. I highly recommend reaching out to teachers for any test retakes, homework retakes, or just any extra credit boosts you can do in any class. This is really the only way you can do this besides just making sure you keep your grades up for the rest of the nine weeks.

In terms of college in the long run, I am not sure which colleges you want to get into so I cannot give input on what you need to do GPA wise in your high school career. If you cannot get your GPA up in Sophomore year, it may not look the best on an application. BUT! You can make up for this by showing an upward trend in your high school GPA over the years. What I mean by this is, for example, getting a 2.0 Sophomore year, 3.0 Junior year, and 4.0 senior year. Showing an increase in your GPA shows colleges that you are improving/want to improve. Also, try to take some AP classes, which can increase your WEIGHTED GPA and look awesome on a transcript.

Even with this, you need another boost. This can be in extracurriculars. In most cases, colleges value extracurriculars almost as much as academics, meaning if you have mediocre academics but outstanding extracurriculars (and essays + test scores), competitive colleges could still consider you. The only thing is, with a lower GPA, your extracurriculars have to be amazing. These are mainly considered big leadership positions. For example, starting or being president of a club in your school, leading an outside of school research project, starting a nonprofit, or starting a yearly art gallery walk.

Next, just make sure you get good SAT/ACT scores. Once again, I do not know what colleges you would like to get into, but lets say you want to get into an Ivy League - aim for a 1500 SAT score. You can also search up average SAT/ACT scores for the college of your choice.

I hope this helped. Please let me know if I can answer any follow up questions. :)

3 years ago

The best way to boost your GPA is by keeping lines of communication open with your teachers. Tell them you want to do well and get better. They are there to help in whatever ways they can. If your teachers accept late work, check to see what you're missing. Little credit is better than no credit. If there are any extra credit opportunities, take advantage of those!

3 years ago

I am not sure how much you can increase but you can definitely try and understand and practice concepts regularly so that it will help you increase your GPA. However, I would suggest that the mindset that you keep should be more open-minded and your goal should be able to learn from the textbook rather than to increase your GPA. This will make studying more fun and also help you to effectively increase your GPA. Your scores not all the time reflect your talent, but if you show a clear improvement - this could help you sooo much during the college admission process.

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Unweighted GPA: 3.7
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