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Fixing a Low College GPA

Updated on April 5, 2010

Cumulative Doom?

If you're suffering with a low college gpa there's something that you can do about it. Whether you're a freshman, sophmore, junior or senior, you know that your GPA matters, and you know that over time your GPA becomes harder and harder to correct. Many people face situations that seem dire: it's sophmore or even junior year and their GPA is lacking, below the average student GPA. The problem is that they've already taken 90 semester hours and it's becoming more and more difficult to get that GPA back up!

If you're in the same situation, you want to get out of this hole and do it now and rid yourself of that low college GPA. That what it's going to take to pull you out of this hole. After all, a good college GPA is necessary to find a good job after school, right? You want to maintain a good GPA in college, and you need to raise that low college GPA.

My Favorite System for Increasing Your GPA

Here's a great system I found that works.  You can actually take your GPA and turn it around in the course of a semester.  It's great if you're still a freshman or sophomore.  For juniors and seniors looking to juice your low college GPA into something that you can sell to employers, you should be looking at it too.  It'll show you how to increase your GPA through simple steps that you can take on a daily basis.  Not rocket science, just effective study techniques and helpful info for you to follow.

Check it out here.

Your Low College GPA

Your low college GPA causes you stress. Your cumulative is just above the minimun to stay in school, and you're frightened that you're not going to find a good job with your low college GPA. You need to find a way to raise low GPA numbers on your transcript. Employers are asking for your GPA more and more these days. More people are attending college and it's not enough to simply have the degree anymore. A good GPA impresses your future employers.

If you're a junior with a low college GPA like a 2.0, you're running the risk of a worse GPA if you don't do something now. If you really hustle, you might be able to get that up to a 3.0 by the time you graduate. You could stay inschool longer and pad your low college GPA, adding extra classes to help you get out of your slump, but that may not be necessary. Many employers, are looking for a copy of your full transcript. If you did abismally your first two years, but came back and really drove it home your junior and senior years, employers will notice.

Even if you attend a low GPA college, the difference of being able to show in increase in your grades will count. Even if you're right at the average student gpa or a little below, many people understand that lots of entering freshmen and sophmore college students a. don't know what they want to do b. don't know how to handle the pressures and requirements of college. Improving your grades, even with a lowered GPA, shows dedication and character that they want. The task is still getting good grades, so you need to look at what you're doing that got you the low GPA to begin with, but it doesn't have to be so bleak.

Good Study Habits?

Study Habits in CollegeIf you've been struggling with your low GPA throughout college, and you can't seem to pull it up, it's time for you to rethink what you're doing. You need to bring your entire study habits into focus. Are you attending class? Do you take notes? Study outside of class? Do any group study? If you said yes to any of these, you may actually be doing things wrong.

Studying is something that's taught incorrectly to most students. In fact, it's often not taught at all. There's an idea that I was presented with in gradeschool that goes something like "you're the only person that can teach yourself anything".}}}} While there's truth in that statement, if you don't even know where to begin, how are you supposed to succeed?

I know that I spent a lot of time cranking out notes, reading chapters, going over and over the material to try to get good grades. I didn't always find success that way though. In fact, most people know what it's like to work hard and not see results. You get frustrated, start trying to figure out what you're doing wrong and end up getting completely turned around and confused! You probably already know how ineffective you can become once you've reached this point.

You really need to step back at this point and let go of what you're doing. You've already figured out that it's ineffective, so toss it out the window. You need to become an effective student.  There are a lot of places to get that information, and get that low college GPA back up. You're going to have to become a student of study. Just keep a level head and follow what works, it's acutally much simpler than you might think.

My Little Advice

You should remember your lessons, they're invaluable
Here's something I found out on my own quest to raise my GPA: there is a right way to do everything. That's going to be contrary to what you've heard before, but I'm going to be the bold one to go ahead and say it: there's a right and wrong way to do everything. Now, I'll have to admit that what's right for you, might be wrong for someone else, but I think it's confusing when people say "there's no right and wrong way to do any one thing", it's not true!


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      2 years ago

      After 3 semesters I had a 2.74 GPA. Now its at 3.59 with one semester to go.

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      3 years ago

      I need to go from a 1.8 to a 2.1 or higher how can I do that

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      Mena James 

      5 years ago

      This did absolutely nothing for me. Where is the advice on bringing it up? The link goes to a search engine. Useless page.

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      6 years ago

      this website suckssssss

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      6 years ago

      I'm a junior and i have a GPA of 2.65 I'm trying hard to get it up to at least a 3.0 I've been getting good grades so far, My advice is to turn things on time for each class so that you wont fall behind and all that work slowly works you up to a good test grade.

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      6 years ago

      this may me useful to anyone going to school

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      L. A. 

      7 years ago

      what can do about my incomplete grades?! and how do i avoid having incomplete grades :/

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      7 years ago

      i would guess im stll a feshman and i have slacked in all my classes and i don't have any idea what to do i am now on acedemic probation and financial aid suspention, im out of ideas on what to do i need help and i need to have a way to take me classes online an where i can get the out of the way..... pls help

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      Kionna J, 

      7 years ago

      I am about to be a sophomore in college and I have a very low gpa and I am striving on getting it up to a 3.5. Now, I have came to realize that I have to become more involved in my professors' lectures, study more effectively, and ask questions in order to succeed. So, that is exactly what I am going to do so wish me luck

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      7 years ago

      This article is on point. I have soooo much to say, but I will not say ALL that's on my mind for now. Unfortunately, I have a 2.1 cumulative GPA. I am embarrassed to say that I went from a 2.8 in my junior year to a 2.1 all in 2 yrs(I had to end up going to school part time because I lost a couple of scholarships, so now it's taking me longer to graduate). I am very much stressed out because I plan on graduating at the end of the fall semester of this year and I feel like no one will hire me because I'm NOT THAT good in the major I'm in. I plan on taking an internship at a music company in the summer, but I'm even frightened of THAT because I feel that I may not know all of what to do when I work for that particular company). I have this semester, the first have of the summer and next semester to make my GPA sky rocket. Any advice???


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