Grade Point Average, or GPA is a number that represents the average of all of a student’s course grades throughout their high school career. But if you are looking to raise yours, you probably already knew that. I start with this definition because the answer to the question, “how do I improve my GPA,” should be obvious. Your GPA represents the average of all of your course grades, so to raise it, you need to get better grades in your courses.
I know I am pointing out the obvious, but there is no secret trick to getting a better GPA. There is no “GPA hack.” If you want to improve your grand point average, you need to accept the fact that hard work is on its way.
Now, while there may not be a “hack” there are a few things you can do to make raising your GPA a little easier. Let’s jump into ’em.
1. School comes first
2. Prioritize classes where you’re slacking
3. Take every class seriously
4. Take Advanced Placement courses
By taking AP courses, you can end your semester with a GPA above 4.0, which will help you raise your GPA more quickly than usual.
5. Sit in the front row
We all know that sitting in the back of the classroom makes it easier to sleep, text, and generally goof off, which are all things you can’t do if you want to raise your GPA. Sitting in the front of the classroom can help you stay focused on your work. You’ll be able to hear better, see better, and if you start to engage in any distracting activities, your teacher will help you get back on track.
6. Take notes in a way that works for you
It is important to take notes in a way that is effective for you. If you are a visual learner, including images and diagrams in your notes will be beneficial. If you are a read/write learner, taking long, detailed notes may work best for you. If you are an auditory learner, it might be better for you to record lectures so you can spend your time in class actively listening to your teacher.
7. Ask questions
8. Come in before or after school
9. Join or form a study group
Studying for tests and quizzes can take a lot of self-discipline. If you are having trouble properly preparing yourself for these things, try joining or forming a study group. The odds are that you understand some things that your classmates don’t, and they understand some things you don’t. Together, you can hold each other accountable for the course material, and help each other succeed.
10. Get a tutor
As I just pointed out, your classmates can be a valuable resource when it comes to improving your GPA. In a study group, you may not be able to focus on your specific needs, but with a tutor, you will definitely be able to. Ask your teachers or your counselor if your school has a tutor system in place, and see what you have to do to be a part of it.
11. Do ALL of the course assignments
12. Participate in class
In addition to obtaining points, participating in discussions can help you learn and understand the material better, leading to improved grades on quizzes, tests, and homework assignments.
13. Read and understand the syllabus
14. Talk to your teachers
Let your teachers know what you are trying to accomplish and ask for their support – they will help you succeed.
15. Talk to your guidance counselor
Your guidance counselor cannot give you the same kind of help that your teachers can, but they can help you plan for the future. If you still have a few semesters left in your high school career, talk to your guidance counselor and come up with a strategy for raising your GPA. They can help you decide which classes to take and which to avoid. They can provide you with study resources and get you involved in helpful programs. And they can give you the guidance you need to reach your goals.
Raising your GPA is hard work, but if you do these fifteen things, you can be on your way to that 4.0 in no time. If you ever need a little break from your studies, check out our Degree Emphases Quiz. By answering a few short questions, you’ll be match up with one of our eight film emphases!
This blog is a collaborative effort by CCH staff and administration who want to share their knowledge with the film school community and prospective students.