How to Calculate a GPA
I have a question about my GPA... At this time I am taking 4 classes but my algebra class I am doing very badly in. If I can maintain a B in all three of the other classes and get an F in algebra at the end of the semester could i still hold a 2.0 so i can still get financial aid for the spring? Carla, freshmanI have a question about my GPA... At this time I am taking 4 classes but my algebra class I am doing very badly in. If I can maintain a B in all three of the other classes and get an F in algebra at the end of the semester could i still hold a 2.0 so i can still get financial aid for the spring? Carla, freshman
First, I'd check with the financial aid office at your school to ensure you are correct in your belief about the GPA and that they would take away your financial aid after only one semester's grades. I think there's a chance you might be wrong.
Second, there is plenty of time to improve your algebra grade (this question was asked and answered in the middle of a Fall semester). I'd go talk to your professor, any GA's your class has, and/or your advisor or Orientation instructor about strategies to help you succeed. In addition, I'd see if there is a math learning center of some sort at your school and go there. I'd also check into tutoring services or individuals. Even if you have to pay for one, it might be worth it to improve your grade.
Third (and this answer assumes all your classes are 3 hour classes, that you have no previously earned credit hours, and that you're on a credit hour, rather than quarter hour system), here's how you figure your GPA:
For each class, you take the number of credit hours and multiply it by the number of points for the grade (4 for an A, 3 for a B, 2 for a C, 1 for a D, and 0 for an F), like this:
This strategy is what I call damage control, and it only works when there is no financial aid penalty for dropping. Sometimes parents don't like it because it allows the student to "quit" on a class, but I only suggest it when the grade is beyond help.
I hope this answers your question.
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