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GPA: A crash course in understanding grade-point average

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What is a GPA? Where can I find out my GPA? Why does GPA matter? What is a weighted vs. and unweighted GPA? Students will learn the importance of grade-point averages and how they can be evaluated using GPA. Finally, students will understand how a strong GPA can result in micro-scholarships from colleges on RaiseMe. (www.raise.me)

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GPA: A crash course in understanding grade-point average

  1. 1. GPA: A crash course in understanding grade-point average
  2. 2. What’s a GPA? 2 - Your GPA is your grade point average - Your GPA is an average calculated from the grades you’ve earned in school - Scores vary anywhere from a 0.0 to a 4.0 or 5.0—the higher your grade, the higher the score - Where can I find out my GPA? - Students typically receive their updated GPA every semester (or quarter) alongside their grades - Students also receive a cumulative GPA: a running average of all semester grades since Freshman year Earn micro-scholarships for: 1. Maintaining a high GPA 2. Getting good grades
  3. 3. Why is your GPA important? 3 - To get into the college of your dreams - Colleges are notoriously competitive, with varying admissions rates that correlate to the qualities their ideal applicants possess - The average GPAs of applicants typically fall within a certain range - Having a low GPA can be detrimental to your chances of going to a school you want to attend
  4. 4. How do you calculate your GPA? 4 - Your GPA’s scale depends on your school - High schools typically have a 4.0 scale (unweighted) or a 5.0 scale (weighted) - The formula for calculating GPA is (grades*credits) / (total credits) = GPA - Credit Hours - In college, every one of your classes will be worth a predetermined amount of credits based on the difficulty of the course - In high school, classes that last a full year are worth 1 credit while classes that last a semester are worth a ½ credit - The number of credits you need to graduate depends on your state; generally schools require somewhere between 19 - 24 credits
  5. 5. Weighted GPA VS. Unweighted GPA 5 - Weighted GPA - Uses a 5.0 scale and takes into account how difficult your classes are - Used for calculating the grade points for Honors/AP classes - Not used by every school—ask your counselor if your school uses weighted GPA - Unweighted GPA - Uses a 4.0 scale and does not take into account how difficult your classes are - Even though your unweighted GPA doesn’t take difficulty into account, colleges still prefer to see students take rigorous courses
  6. 6. Let’s Practice! 6 - Try and calculate the cumulative unweighted GPAs from the following students’ report cards - The formula for calculating GPA is (grades*credits) / (total credits) = GPA Dwayne’s Report Card Aubrey’s Report Card
  7. 7. Solution 7 Dwayne’s Report Card Aubrey’s Report Card Dwayne’s cumulative GPA for Freshman year is 3.57 ● Dwayne’s first semester GPA is 3.28 ● Dwayne’s second semester GPA is 3.85 Aubrey’s cumulative GPA for Freshman year is 2.56 ● Aubrey’s first semester GPA is 2.62 ● Aubrey’s second semester GPA is 2.5 4.0 4.0 4.0 4.0 3.7 3.7 3.7 3.0 3.0 2.7 2.0 3.3 3.0 3.0 3.0 4.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 1.7 x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x = 4 = 4 = 1 = 1.85 = 2 = 1.85 = 1.5 = 1.85 = 1.35 = 2 6 credits = 2 = 1.7 = 1.5 = 1.65 = 2 = 1.5 = 1 = 1 = 1.5 = 1.5 6 credits
  8. 8. 8 Create a RaiseMe Account 1. Navigate to www.raise.me 2. Select “I’m a Student” 3. If applicable, sign up with your school email address 4. Input your high school name and basic information about yourself 5. On your Portfolio, scroll down to “Courses” to input your Fall grades! 6. Follow colleges or universities to find out how much you’ve earned! After entering in your Core Courses, RaiseMe will automatically calculate your unweighted GPA!
  9. 9. 9 Micro-Scholarships 1. Log in to your RaiseMe account 2. Add your fall semester grades to your portfolio to earn $$ 3. Students on RaiseMe need to enter at least 15 credits of core classes
  10. 10. 10 RaiseMe for iPhone or iPad 1. Navigate to the App Store 2. Search for RaiseMe - College Scholarships 3. Download the app - it’s free! 4. Login with the email address and password of your existing account
  11. 11. 11 RaiseMe for iPhone or iPad Adding your coursework 1. Select the “+” button at the bottom of your profile 2. Input your Fall semester coursework! 3. Select the blue arrow on the right to adjust any details about the course
  12. 12. 12 RaiseMe for iPhone or iPad Refer a friend When you select “More” at the bottom of your profile you have a number of options to peruse. Select “Refer a friend” and they’ll receive a text with a download link. If your friends sign up you’ll get a $100 micro- scholarship!
  13. 13. 13 RaiseMe for iPhone or iPad Notifications Be sure to turn on push notifications to be notified when: 1. It’s time to input new coursework 2. A college earning deadline is approaching 3. Fields on your portfolio are missing 4. Your earnings amount update
  14. 14. 14 Reflection ● Using RaiseMe, search for a few colleges that you’re interested in. Click on the “About University” tab and look under the admissions category. Is your GPA currently good enough for you to be accepted to that college? ● If your GPA is where it needs to be, what can you do to make sure that you maintain or increase your GPA? ● If your GPA is NOT where it needs to be, what actions can you take to start improving your GPA?

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