When Your Grades aren’t Great: Your Next Move
Are your grades less than stellar? Hopefully it is early enough in your high school career that you can get back on track!
My College Guide has tips to help you figure out your next move and improve your chances of college admission.
When Your Grades aren’t so Great
If you still have a year or two left of high school, you have more opportunities to help give your grades the boost they need.
When things really aren’t looking so hot, you might want to think about doing more with your summer than laying around with the TV remote in hand. Have you thought about taking summer school classes or attending a summer program? More than just a way to help your grade, many schools offer courses that may be unavailable during the typical school year. Or, it may be a way to knock out a more difficult course thus freeing up your school year schedule for another challenging class that interests you.
More Challenging Courses
Maybe you’re just bored! If you are taking classes that are easy and not stimulating you, then perhaps it is time to look at some higher level courses. AP classes or honors classes can give you the challenge that you need and help take your GPA to the next level. Plus, colleges love to see students really apply themselves. Your big change may even be a great subject for your personal statement later on!
Fewer Challenging Courses
Are you overloading your course schedule in order to gain acceptance at what you consider “the best schools?” Sometimes it pays off in the long run to ensure that you have a fluff course or two worked into your class schedule. This way, you have extra time to devote to your tougher courses. And you never know, you might just learn a new skill or hobby in the process! You don’t need to have AP level courses crammed into every square inch of your schedule. Colleges are looking for well-rounded students — and that fluff class may help guide you down a future career path!
Worker Smarter, Not Harder
Sometimes, it’s all about balance. If your grades are suffering because you are overworked and trying to pack in too many extracurricular activities plus time with family and friends, something has to change!
Speak with your guidance counselor and your parents to figure out what you can do to ensure a better chance at snagging a spot at your dream school in the future.