How to Improve Your GPA

Finding out your college GPA is something that can either be a rewarding experience or a reminder of an awful semester. For some people, GPA doesn't matter. In fact, most employers don't ask candidates what their college GPA was. For those who are trying to transfer schools or get into a competitive program, your GPA means the world.

If you open up your official transcript and screech at the sight of your GPA, all is not lost. There are a few ways to knock your GPA up a few points. Of course, remember, the best way to get a good GPA is to get it right the first time.

Repeat Courses

At most colleges, if you take a course for a second time, your new grade replaces your old one. This is the easiest way to get your GPA up fast, though it can be very expensive. If you got a C in your composition class freshman year, you can retake it and replace that C with your new grade, which will surely knock your GPA up. Unfortunately, this involves a lot of time relearning old material and a lot of money due to the fact that you will have to pay to retake the class.

Take Buffer Courses

For those who are in tougher majors, it's always a good idea to throw an easier class into a mix of harder classes. Not only will it provide a good break in the middle of the day, but it will help buffer your GPA too. By taking an easy class with your tough classes, you've allowed yourself a buffer course, which can cushion your GPA. These easy A classes make for great buffer points during a tough semester.

Although it is much easier to get it right the first time around, by using these tips, you may be able to knock your GPA up a few extra points and take it from a disappointing one to a more impressive one.

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