University of Minnesota Duluth
Improving Your GPA

Tips for Improving Your GPA:

  • Let your probationary status serve as a "wake up call." Those grades stay on your transcript! 
  • Enroll in fewer courses/credits and devote more time to those courses.
  • Study 2 to 3 hours for every hour you spend in class. 
  • Keep a journal documenting how much time you spend studying – hold yourself accountable for how you use your free time.
  • Repeat courses in which D's and F's were earned and in which you believe you can improve your grade. 
  • Make sure you have the necessary prerequisites for the courses you enroll in. 
  • Be aware of the deadlines for withdrawing from classes.
  • Use academic support services, such as the Tutoring Center, 40 Solon Campus Center.
  • Enroll in SSP 1054, College Study Strategies, to learn more effective study techniques.
  • Meet regularly with your academic advisor to discuss your progress and college success strategies.
  • Organize study groups in your classes.  Research shows that students who study with other students achieve higher grades. 
  • Maintain an academic planner to keep track of assignments and progress.
  • Minimize your hours of employment as much as financially possible. 
  • Explain the situation to your parents.  Parents can provide valuable support as well as hold you accountable.
  • Know what GPA you need to achieve in order to establish good academic standing, and be aware of how you are doing in classes.  Be realistic and work hard to achieve your goals.

Should You Repeat a Course?

Course Credits Grade & Point Value Grade Points (credits x point value) Semester GPA (total grade points ÷ total credits) Cumulative GPA

Fall Semester

Math 1160 5 cr F (0.0) 0.0    
Writ 1120 3 cr C (2.0) 6.0    
Psy 1003 4 cr C (2.0) 8.0    
SSP 1000 1 cr B (3.0) 3.0    
Semester credits: 13 cr Semester grade pts: 17 1.307 1.307

Spring Semester without course repeat

AmIn 1120 3 cr B (3.0) 9.0   (total grade points ) total credits) 50.67 ÷ 27
Comm 1222 3 cr B- (2.67) 8.01  
Engl 1101 3 cr C (2.0) 6.0  
Rec 1202 2 cr C+ (2.33) 4.66  
Phil 1007 3 cr C (2.0) 6.0  
Semester credits: 14 cr Semester grade pts: 33.67 2.405 1.877

Spring Semester with course repeat

AmIn 1120 3 cr B (3.0) 9.0   (Fall Math 1160 not calculated into GPA) 50.01 ÷ 22
Comm 1222 3 cr B- (2.67) 8.01  
Engl 1101 3 cr C (2.0) 6.0  
Math 1160 5 cr C (2.0) 10.0  
Semester credits: 14 cr Semester grade pts: 33.01 2.357 2.273

 

Calculate your GPA with and without a course repeat (pdf version)

 

 

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