We have all heard all the rants: you should focus on your grades and ensure that you have a good GPA, otherwise you will not get into a good school. But what is it actually and why does it really matter? In this article, we’ll discuss what your GPA is and why it’s important.

What Is A GPA Score?

In the same way you receive an average mark at the end of a course, your GPA is an average of how you fared in all your courses over a given period of time. GPA stands for Grade Point Average and is the total amount of grade points that you have earned divided by the total amount of credit hours attempted. To see a more detailed description of how your GPA is calculated, have a look at our blog Understanding The GPA Grading Scale.

Why Is Your GPA Important?

When an admissions officer looks at your GPA, the first thing they see is the results of the months of your labour over your studies but more than that, it tells a story about who you are. They get a glimpse of your commitment, perseverance and time management skills. They can get an idea of what your work ethic and study habits are and how productive you are.

Of course, having a higher GPA also means that you are smart and able to understand difficult concepts easily. Not only will this be important while studying but it’s something that future employers deem very important. This is why it is crucial that you focus on achieving good grades while at school.

Catch your GPA in time

Yes, you, in any case, need to be studying hard while at school but it is especially important to start focusing on getting good grades from Grade 10. When applying to university you will usually use your marks from Grade 11 but your final marks for Grade 12 can still be a deal breaker!

If you have a low GPA take some time to determine what is the cause. Are you studying enough? Can you focus while studying? Are you struggling to understand the work? Sit down and carefully think this through. Once you have determined what the cause is, start finding solutions to solve it. Study at the school library or try a different study method.

You can also start attending tutoring classes or join a study group. This is a good way to be kept accountable for studying and you get to have fun as well! Explaining things to others is often also a great way to learn things yourself. You can also talk to your teachers to find out how they can help you.

This is your future. Put in the hard work because you will reap the benefits of it. Make sure that you build up a good portfolio for your college application but also take the time to think whether continuing your studies are for you. Lastly, take a deep breath and enjoy the journey. It isn’t about the destination, but about the journey.

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About the Author: Lizan Gray, is currently an editorial assistant for an online company in Dubai. An adventurer at heart, she is originally from South Africa and busy finishing her degree in Business Administration.