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How to Maintain Your High School GPA

Last updated March 6, 2024

No matter which path you take after high school, it’s essential to maintain your GPA and keep your academic momentum going! Your performance during your second semester of senior year can potentially affect your acceptance to schools, since you are required to submit a final transcript to your college. Your final grades at graduation can also affect any financial aid you’ve been awarded (such as scholarships) since some have minimum GPA requirements. Here are some tips to help you stay on top of your grades and finish high school strong!

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Reread the syllabi for all of your classes

If your teacher gave you a syllabus at the beginning of a class, print it out and reread it! A syllabus tells you everything you need to know about a class, including project deadlines, exam dates, and, most importantly, the assignments you’ll need to complete. After going over the syllabus, be sure to write down any upcoming important dates in a calendar or notebook to stay organized.

Ask questions

Your teachers want you to learn, enjoy the class material, and, most importantly, graduate! If you come across anything from class that confuses you or if you need clarification, meet with your teacher to talk about it. When you meet, you can ask any clarifying questions, talk about future assignments, ask for tips on how to succeed in that class, and check to see if there will be any extra credit opportunities available in the future.

Pro tip: Before asking your teacher a question about the class or classwork, check to make sure that it's not already answered in the syllabus. This will save time during your meeting and show them that you care enough about the class to review the syllabus thoroughly.


Putting in the work you need to succeed in a class is key in high school, but especially in college. Perfecting your study skills in high school will benefit you once you start college, because you’ll already know what studying tips and tricks work best for you. To make studying fun and collaborative, try setting up a study group with friends. You can make flash cards and practice problems, complete your readings, and quiz yourself and others. Check out some of these free online study resources that can also help you succeed in your classes:

Practice self-care

Some students may feel overwhelmed, burnt out, or even a bit unmotivated after sending off their college applications, which is totally normal. College application season is a highly stressful time for many students, so once your applications are complete, it could be a great time to practice some self-care. Whether it’s hitting the gym or playing your favorite instrument, be sure to take some time for yourself to recharge and do things you enjoy. It’s also important to take breaks while studying and let your brain rest. Self-care will help you stay focused and motivated to finish high school strong!

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