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Effective ways to raise your GPA

By Ian Robinson
On February 13, 2020

Having a low-grade point average can cause a student to lose an academic or athletic scholarship, prevent them from joining certain campus organizations, landing an internship, being placed on academic probation or suspension, which can ultimately prevent them from graduating.

Although raising your GPA, for some, can be easier said than done, it is attainable.

You can raise your grade point average and not find yourself in the situations mentioned above.

Here are five effective ways you can raise your grade point average.

1. Study

“Read over your class notes for at least 20-30 minutes every day,” Ainsley Reece, a fall 2019 GSU graduate with a degree in computer information systems, said.

Studying coursework for different classes every day is extremely helpful.

2. Go to class

“Going to class more,” said Tony Wright, a senior mass communication major.

The best way to help gain a good grade in a course at a university is to attend class and be present, mind and body.

3. Retake classes

“Retaking classes that you may have failed or received a low grade in is helpful in raising your grade point average,” said Dr. Robbie Morganfield, Head of the Mass Communications Department at GSU.

If a student retakes a course, the higher grade will replace the lower grade in the student’s GPA.

3. Go to office hours

“Go to office hours, said Arshauna Candler, FSUB President.

Instructors and professors usually make themselves available during the week in what is called “office hours.” 

During this time, students can ask questions assignments. Students should take advantage of this opportunity. 

Getting to know your professors and instructors gives them impression that you are a high effort student who cares about his grade.

4. Taking a semester of electives

“Taking a semester of collective effectives,” said Niayah Lias, a fall 2018 GSU political science graduate.

College electives are helpful in taking boosting your grade point average, preferably electives that align your major and can build or increase a specific skill set. For example, if you are a pursuing a broadcasting degree, why not take courses in public speaking or advanced grammar?

5. Calculate your GPA

“Constantly collect your GPA at the end of each semester to keep track of how many points you need to gain to reach your GPA goal,” Lias said.

Different grades and credit hours can affect your GPA so it is essential to keep track of your semester GPAs and how they can ultimately affect your cumulative.

If you are not considering pursuing higher education (i.e. med school, law school, or grad school), students should not worry about having a high GPA.

Prospective employers do not necessarily care about GPA, which is not a qualification for a good job.

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