How to Pull Up a 2.1 GPA


On a 4.0 scale, a 2.1 GPA is a "C" average. A "C" student is typically viewed as lazy; you're passing, but clearly not doing your best. If you have a 2.1 GPA, perhaps you need some motivation and self-discipline. Ask yourself what you could achieve if your grades improved. Could you get into a good college? Get accepted into a prestigious grad school? Make your friends and family proud? Whatever the benefit, know the change must come from within.

  • Be honest with yourself. Ask yourself why your GPA is less than desirable. Is it that you don't understand the material? Are you socializing when you should be studying? Are you skipping class or daydreaming instead of taking notes? Find out what your problem is so you can focus on the solutions.

  • Talk to your professors. Explain that your grades are not satisfactory. Ask how they think you can improve and if they'll accept extra credit work to help raise your grades. Take advantage of their office hours in the future. Discuss the lectures to get a deeper understanding. Ask about the content and format of future examinations.

  • Get by with a little help from your friends. Form study groups so you can pick each other's brains. Take a look at their notes to find out if you've missed anything. Assign each other chapters and report on them.

  • Study harder. However long you spend reviewing your coursework, increase it. Study in a quiet place and eliminate distractions like social networking sites, talking on the phone, watching television, loud music or talking to friends and family while you're studying.

  • Study consistently. Spend at least 2 hours each night going over your books and notes, rather than 8 hours the night before the big test. Don't cram. Remember that cramming might work for the morning of the test, but the information will fall out of your head right after you answer the last question. Study slowly over time so you'll retain the material.

  • Review your notes right after class while the material is still fresh in your mind. Fill in any holes. Rewrite your notes in neater handwriting if necessary.

  • Review your old exams. Is there something specific you don't know or remember? Are the answers to your essay questions not detailed enough? Correct your exam and keep it with your notes to review for cumulative quizzes and tests.

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