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Hi. My name is Fatima and I am currently a freshman in high school and I have a GPA of 2.7, and i was wondering if there was anything I could do myself to help raise it.

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2025
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2 years ago

Hello! Here are some suggestions.

1. While the obvious answer here is to study, I would try to take some harder classes if you think you can handle them. At most schools, a 4.0 in an on-level class would translate to a 5.0 in an AP class and a 4.5 in an honors class (look at collegevine's GPA calculator!). In fact, even a 3.0 in a normal class would be a 4.0 in an AP class. These are more for your future classes, but read up on how difficult AP classes are, which ones interest you the most, and ask around your school to see how hard they are (literally the teacher makes all the difference).

2. Ask your teachers for extra credit. This is a bit of a hit-or-miss suggestion, but sometimes it could work. Ask your teachers if there is anything you could do to raise your grade. Don't do this through email - do it in class (preferably after class so they are not busy). Tell them that you are willing to do well in the class and would love extra assignments to complete to raise your grade. This can go either way. Sometimes, your teacher will agree and the other times they could ask you why you didn't try before and see this as disrespectful. It is really a 'high risk, high reward' situation.

3. Pass or fail. My school does not do this, but I know some schools do. Ask your teacher if 'pass or fail' is an option, which basically means you get an F or a P (for passing).

4. Focus on other aspects of your high school career. If you are not worried about future college applications and simply want to raise your GPA for the sake of having a high GPA, ignore this suggestion. If your freshman year is just a 2.7 GPA and nothing else, colleges would obviously not like this. However, if you also started a club, got a job, and started an online business (these are just examples), it might help your application a little.

5. This step is also in terms of college - skip it if you are not worried. On the college application, there is normally a section where you can give colleges a reason why you were at a disadvantage compared to other students in an area of your application. If there was a personal reason why your GPA is a bit lower, you should include it.

One last thing: remember that this is just your freshman year and that your next years are even more important! If you can't get your GPA up, that's alright. Just try your best, have fun, and make use of every second.

I hope this helped! Good luck :)

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2 years ago

As a sophmore in high school, I would definitely spend a lot of time studying and trying to go to tutoring, if they offer it, as much as possible. And if you know any friends who are good at the subject or any upperclassmen who have taken that class I would definitely recommend asking them about it!

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2 years ago

As a freshman, what has helped me most is keeping up with assignments. The more assignments you turn in and the higher they are graded greatly help your GPA - depending on if some assignments are more weighted than others, it's also important to figure out which of your assignments should have the highest priority in order to provide the biggest boost to your GPA by the end of the term/year. Ask for extra credit opportunities as well!

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