In High School Your Grades Matter

By The Study Hall | Sep 04, 2019

In high school your grades matter. If you are interested in applying to colleges, or getting a place in a training program, or if you want to be considered a good candidate for a job right out of school, you want to be able to boast about having good grades.

Many colleges, for instance, say the single most important number they care about is your grade point average over the four years of high school. This makes sense. That number reflects how hard you worked, day in and day out, over many months. It is not a one-time deal, and it is not affected by a tiny mix-up in one assignment or a single bad day on a test. Because your grade point average is also “weighted”, which means it is affected by the degree of difficulty of the classes you took, it is the single best measure of what kind of student you are. Most high schools give you additional points for taking an honors, AP (Advanced Placement) or a college-level course. Your GPA wraps all this into one number. How do you make your best showing with your GPA?

You should take the hardest classes that you can do well in. What exactly does that mean?

Can you commit to working hard? Can you step up to the honors level? You need to understand what exactly that means in each course. In many honors classes, you will cover more topics and harder topics. In some, you will cover the same kind of questions, but you will be expected to teach yourself sometimes, or you will have to move through the material faster.

Do you need a tutor?

Tutors can not make you successful if you are not willing to do the work. Having a tutor available can be a huge help and relief, however, if you are not feeling confident or you need more time to go over the material. Tutors work with you one-on-one. All the time spent will be on your questions. Tutors also will be available on your schedule, such as after sports practice or on weekends.

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