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What's the Average High School GPA?

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Jan 19, 2020 4:00:00 PM

Coursework/GPA

Nearly all high school students have, at some point, wondered whether their GPAs are good or not. One way of knowing is to look at the national averages. What is the average high school GPA? Is your GPA above average? How do you compare with all the other high school students in the country?

In this article, I'll give you an overview of the national averages for high school GPA so that you can see where you stand. I'll also tell you what these averages mean for you and how to understand them better in the context of the college application process.

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What's the Standard High School Curriculum You Should Take?

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Jan 19, 2020 10:43:00 AM

Coursework/GPA

Are you wondering what a typical high school curriculum looks like? Do you want to know what classes you'll be taking as a high school student?

Read this guide to learn about the standard high school curriculum, high school graduation requirements, and what classes colleges expect you to have taken.

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What Is Class Rank? What Is a Good Rank?

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Jan 18, 2020 2:30:00 PM

Coursework/GPA

Have you heard of class rank but aren't sure what it is? Maybe you want to know why class rank is important or how you can figure out what a good class rank is. And, by the way, what is a good class rank?

We have answers to all these questions! Read on to learn what class rank is, how schools calculate it, and how it's important for your future.

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How to Improve Reading Comprehension: 8 Expert Tips

Posted by Courtney Montgomery | Jan 18, 2020 10:48:00 AM

Coursework/GPA

Reading is a skill many people take for granted, but the act of reading and properly comprehending a text is a complex and interactive process. It requires several different brain functions to work together and most often requires one to puzzle through multiple layers of context and meaning.

Because reading comprehension is so complicated, we can often find ourselves understanding the most basic interpretation of a text, but missing the emotional core or the "big picture." Or we might just find our brains spinning with no clue at all as to what a text is attempting to convey.

But luckily for everyone who struggles in English classes, on standardized tests, or in daily life, reading comprehension can be improved upon (and it's never too late to start!). In this guide, I explain step-by-step how to improve reading comprehension over time and offer tips for boosting your understanding as you read.

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What Is a Good GPA? What's a Bad GPA for College?

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Jan 18, 2020 7:30:00 AM

Coursework/GPA

If you're starting to think about your plans for college, you might be wondering what is considered a good high school GPA or a bad high school GPA in the eyes of admissions officers. This is a complicated question, and it depends on several factors that colleges will take into consideration.

In this article, I'll give you some perspective on what a good GPA and a bad GPA are based on national statistics and your individual circumstances. I'll also provide advice on the best ways to improve your GPA.

Your coursework and GPA are one of the most important pieces to your college application—some colleges consider it your MOST important factor—so make sure you do your research and know where you fit in.

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Should You Drop A Class? Does It Look Bad? Why?

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Jan 17, 2020 4:00:00 PM

Coursework/GPA

Are you struggling in a class or simply not enjoying it and wondering if you should drop it? Are you worried about how this might look to colleges and future employers? Should you drop a class?

Read this guide to learn about the benefits and drawbacks to dropping and how to decide whether or not you should drop a class.

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How to Do Homework: 15 Expert Tips and Tricks

Posted by Ashley Robinson | Jan 17, 2020 12:00:00 PM

Coursework/GPA

 

Everyone struggles with homework sometimes, but if getting your homework done has become a chronic issue for you, then you may need a little extra help. That’s why we’ve written this article all about how to do homework. Once you’re finished reading it, you’ll know how to do homework (and have tons of new ways to motivate yourself to do homework)! 

We’ve broken this article down into a few major sections. You’ll find: 

  • A diagnostic test to help you figure out why you’re struggling with homework
  • A discussion of the four major homework problems students face, along with expert tips for addressing them 
  • A bonus section with tips for how to do homework fast

By the end of this article, you’ll be prepared to tackle whatever homework assignments your teachers throw at you

So let’s get started! 

 

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How to Get Your High School Transcript

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Jan 17, 2020 9:48:00 AM

Coursework/GPA

Do you need a copy of your transcript in order to apply to college, find a job, or for your own personal use, but aren't sure how to get one? This guide will explain why you need a high school transcript and how you can get yours, even if you are no longer a high school student.

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4 Strategies to Raise Your GPA in High School Fast

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Jan 7, 2020 9:00:00 AM

Coursework/GPA

It can be difficult to improve your GPA quickly, especially if you're in the latter half of high school already. With your previous grades working against you, you'll have to put in even more effort to overcome lower averages.

However, there are some measures you can take to have a better chance of raising your GPA quickly and effectively. In this article, I'll give you different strategies that may help you raise your GPA even if you don't have much time left in high school.

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Do Colleges Use Weighted or Unweighted GPA?

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Jan 7, 2020 9:00:00 AM

Coursework/GPA

High schools may record students' GPAs as weighted or unweighted. But which type of GPA is taken more seriously in the college admissions process?

In this article, I'll provide an overview of the differences between weighted and unweighted GPAs and tell you which type is more important.

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The 31 Best Books to Read in High School

Posted by Vero Lecocq | Jan 6, 2020 10:38:00 AM

Coursework/GPA

A huge number of books exist out there, ready and waiting for you to read them. Whether you prefer manga or ancient, epic poems, reading is great for all sorts of reasons.

What follows is a list of highly beneficial books to read in high school (or after!). These are remarkable books—books that made history, books that challenge societal perceptions of the world, and books that are quite simply interesting and moving. The books are presented in alphabetical order, and a short description is given for each book, as well an explanation of why it is worth reading.

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What Classes Should You Take in High School? Expert Advice

Posted by Dr. Anna Wulick | Jan 5, 2020 11:08:00 AM

Coursework/GPA

Figuring out which classes you should take in high school is complicated! Not only do you have to navigate your school's requirements and college expectations, but you also have to take your own interests, abilities, and life into account. Because there are so many different questions you have to answer and decisions you have to make, it helps to start the planning process early.

We'll help you get a big picture perspective of what you are high school classes will look like with this guide. We'll also break down the details of the various high school course requirements, the kinds of choices you will have to make, and the exciting possibilities you will get to explore! If you're wondering what classes to take in high school, this guide should be a great launching point to figuring out your own personal plan.

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How to Get a 5.0 GPA: Expert Guide

Posted by Vero Lecocq | Jan 4, 2020 6:34:00 PM

Coursework/GPA

In the increasingly competitive atmosphere of high school, you may be wondering how you can best all your classmates with a 5.0 GPA. It's a lofty goal, to be sure. In this article, we'll discuss why that goal is often impossible, or at least impractical, to meet, ways in which it may be possible to earn a 5.0, and what's really more important than a 5.0 GPA.

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The Best Colleges With Low GPA Requirements

Posted by Dr. Anna Wulick | Dec 8, 2019 9:22:00 PM

College Admissions, Coursework/GPA

Do you have a low GPA? Are you wondering what colleges you can get into despite your low GPA?

Out of all the schools in the country, we've compiled a complete list of colleges with low GPA requirements and ranked the best ones. Even if you have a low GPA, that doesn't mean a great education is out of reach for you. Keep reading to figure out what your options are for higher education.

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What's the Average College GPA? By Major?

Posted by Samantha Lindsay | Oct 27, 2019 5:00:00 PM

Coursework/GPA

If you’re still in high school, you might be curious about how college GPAs work and what you can expect for grades given your major of choice. Just like high schools, colleges vary in how they calculate GPA. Grade inflation also significantly affects college GPA at most schools, causing many students to end up with higher GPAs in college than they had in high school.

In this article, I’ll give you the facts about average GPAs at different types of colleges and within a variety of college majors.

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