Colleges are looking for consistency in grades. The key is to try as hard as you can to do the best work that will bring the best grades.
If you are having a problem with grades here are some tips
- talk to your teachers and the counseling office to get assistance which may include creating better study habits
- when I see a student having a problem with grades, I begin to wonder if that student might be studying the wrong courses or preparing for the wrong career area. My suggestions then would be to arrange to take an interest and aptitude test and have it interpreted by counselor to see if that may be the problem and then pick out something that is more suitable
Getting to know yourself and how your personality traits relate to people involved in various career opportunities is very important in your decision making process. During my many years in Human Resources and College Recruiting, I ran across too many students who had skipped this very important step and ended up in a job situation which for which they were not well suited. Selecting a career area is like buying a pair of shoes. First you have to be properly fitted for the correct size, and then you need to try on and walk in the various shoe options to determine which is fits the best and is most comfortable for you to wear. Following are some important steps which I developed during my career which have been helpful to many .
Ken recommends the following next steps:
This sort of depends on what you are trying to accomplish. If you are trying to get into a top-rated university, where admissions are very competitive, you will need a higher GPA than to get into the local community college. Again, do the best you can. That's all you can do! But this might mean working with a tutor in subjects where you are weaker.
Schools don't just look at the GPA. They look at the type of classes you took. So, if you went for all the heavy math and science classes, that looks more impressive than taking the basic, easiest courses. They can also look at what else was going on in your life. If you were working, volunteering, helping to care for a dying mother, etc etc etc can all be looked at.
In life, you always want to do your best. Don't set your goals on the minimum required. Always, always, do your best!