Are you trying to quickly boost your college GPA? You have come to the right place!
I can totally relate to your dilemma. How you ask? Well, I did pull my GPA from 3.1 to 3.64 between my junior and senior years, and I was a double major student, so believe me it can be done.
I shall write another, more comprehensive post on how to have a 4.0 GPA. This post, however, is specifically focused on simple changes you can make to boost your GPA.
Table of Contents
See a course advisor
The first and most important step is to take a trip down to your course advisor’s office. Why is this important? Because course advisors are academic wizards. How so? They will create course combinations that will be sure to give you an easier time and raise your GPA.
Your course advisor has all the information about what courses students generally tank and which they do well, what they can do when you are trying to quickly boost your GPA is give you a course combination of classes you can ace that particular semester. This will be a great first step.
Attend your classes
This sounds simple enough, does it not? Yet, I know that sometimes getting out of your bed can seem like a mountainous task. I understand, but I am also here to ask you to make the effort, even if you are feeling depressed, please go be depressed in class. I know how heartless that sounds, but it’s what I did. Likewise, I showed up even when I felt like my life was going up in flames, and it helped.
Attendance accounts for 10% of your total score. This 10% is a full percentage of your score and is given to you free of any hustle, and all you have to do to earn it is take your body to class.
Attendance is also important for a very important reason, there are things that your professor will say that aren’t in any of the notes he provides. What do I mean exactly?
A professor might recommend a certain reading then not mention it again only for them to test it in your midterms or your finals. I have seen this happen too many times to count and when it does, it will serve your goal to boost your GPA well for you to know how to answer it. The moral of the story, go to class!!
Take assignments seriously
I can’t speak for all colleges, however, in my alma mater all assignments contributed to the course’s total score. This is especially beneficial for students who don’t test well. If you don’t test well, then I’m telling you that assignments are your best friend.
Do those assignments as your life depends on them. Make sure you ask for help if you are having challenges with your assignments.
Be warned though some professors aren’t too willing to help out with assignments so if you land one such uncooperative professor then ask your class representative or a classmate.
It should go without saying, but I shall say it anyway, do ALL your assignments and hand them in on or before the deadline.
Take All your Quizzes and exams
I saw this happen too many times to count. I saw students who didn’t take all their exams then complained about not being happy with their score and I couldn’t help rolling my eyes.
I mean I totally understand, it is possible to miss an exam announcement, I totally get that, I mean I have been there myself.
However, you have to follow up on stuff like that with your professor. Pester them until they agree to give you a retake or a makeup exam. Keep following up on it no matter what. Make sure you take all your exams.
Stick to a study schedule
Finally, and most importantly, STUDY!!!
I know these steps are quick and easy, however, there are no shortcuts to doing well in school, you must study. I know there are students who brag about being able to test well and do well in school without putting in the work but I assure you three-quarters of them are lying and the last quarter is the one percent of the one percent and they are the exception, not the rule.
If you have bothered to go to college then you might as well walk away with excellent grades and in order to do that you have to study, it is that simple. Create a schedule and stick to it as closely as possible.
To recap, boosting your GPA is 100% possible. It is as simple as seeking counsel from your course advisor to get better class combinations, being diligent about attending all your classes, taking your assignments seriously and handing them in on time, and last but not least, creating a study schedule and sticking to it like glue.
As far as quick fixes go, if you stay true to these five, you will definitely see results. How do I know this? Because that’s where I started, too.