Step 4 – Middle School – Keep Your Grades Up

Step 4 – Keep Your Grades Up

Did you know that one of the strongest indicators of college success is your 8th grade math level? That’s right. Your math classes are a strong predictor of whether or not you will make it into a community college or a four-year college or university and earn a degree on time.

Having a strong grade point average (GPA) has become increasingly important in college applications. Striving hard to increase your GPA is a surefire way to ease your way into College Success.

Your GPA is calculated by dividing the total amount of grade points earned by the total amount of credit hours attempted. Your grade point average may range from 0.0 to a 4.0.

For example:

A=4 grade points B=3 grade points C=2 grade points D=1 grade points WF/F=0 grade points


Example Student Transcript
Course Credit Hours Grade Grade Points
Biology 3 A 3 x 4 = 12 Grade Points
Biology Lab 1 B 1 x 3 = 3 Grade Points
English 101 3 C 3 x 2 = 6 Grade Points
Mathematics 3 F 3 x 0 = 0 Grade Points
10 Total Credit Hours Attempted 21 Total Grade Points

To get the example student’s GPA, the total grade points are divided by the total credit hours attempted.

Total Grade Points 21
divided by = 2.10
Total Credit Hours Attempted 10

You can total your current semester courses and credits with our online GPA Calculator (above).

To calculate your cumulative GPA, total the credit hours and then the grade points from all semesters. Divide the total grade points by the total credit hours.

Here are some tips to raise your GPA or keep it perfect.

  • Attend class regularly. Some teachers give extra credit for attendance.
  • Take notes in every class. By doing so, you get to record important pointers in your teacher’s discussion. It also helps improve your listening skills.
  • Avoid overloading. Take only classes that can fit into your schedule. You’ll tend to cram more if you have too many subjects.
  • Have a regular study time. Make yourself accustomed to studying frequently.
  • Using flashcards is a plus. It will help improve your familiarity with mathematical equations, vocabulary words, and scientific formulas. You’ll find it easier to solve math problems and essay-writing exams.
  • Study for your exams in advance. Limit your review to at least one week before the day of the test to keep your mind fresh and relaxed.
  • Make solving mathematical problems a habit. This will improve your analytical-thinking skills and help get you prepared for the harder questions on exams.
  • Be friends with your classmates. It is easier to study if you are cordial with the people around you. You can also ask them for help in topics you are having difficulties with.
  • Befriend your teachers. You will feel less pressure if you know your teacher is an ally and resource.