Many college freshmen mistakenly assume they can relax and have fun during their first year as a college student. They think they will have plenty of time to make up for their poor freshman-year grades during their sophomore, junior and senior years of college. However, it is often difficult to bring up your grade point average once it has dropped. Fortunately, you can use some strategies to build your grade point average.
Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor. Your advisor will give you direction about how to bring up your grade point average that is specific to your individual college and program of study. Don't be afraid to explain to your academic advisor the reasons for your hardship in college.
Determine whether your college or university offers a red-lining policy. For example, the red-lining policy Purdue University offered until 2008 allowed students to remove a grade from their grade point average calculation while not removing the grade from their transcript. The student was able to keep the course credit he earned without having to suffer a lower grade point average for that C or D.
Register for classes that are easy for you. Talk with your academic advisor about courses students in your situation find easier for grade success and sign up for those courses. Try to take courses you need for graduation so you don't get too far behind. Remember, though, if you have to take an extra semester of college to improve your grade point average, it may be worth it if it helps your job search later.
Retake a class you failed or in which you got a low grade. Many colleges and universities allow students to retake a course in which they did poorly and replace the grade in their grade point calculation. This can bring up your GPA significantly if you retake the classes that pulled down your GPA.
Withdraw from a course before the deadline if you do not feel you can dedicate the proper amount of time to the material. If you withdraw from a class before your college's deadline, you may avoid the bad grade you might have otherwise received in that class, which would have lowered your GPA even further.
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