4 Tips to Achieving a 4.0 GPA

Achieving a 4.0 GPA

The “perfect GPA” is not unattainable. Ashford University graduate Brian Habel earned a 4.0 despite being deployed overseas. At graduation, the Illinois Army National Guardsman – who had just received his Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Management – remarked that he wanted to show his kids that anything was possible when you “jump in with both feet rather than halfway.”

“Having a 4.0 meant I was making the most out of that opportunity that Ashford was presenting to me,” Habel said. “I wanted to take everything out of the college experience that I could. That included joining multiple honor societies and graduating Summa Cum Laude.”

Habel’s story is inspiring because, like other adult learners, he faced the challenges of trying to balance school with his work (in this case, military) life. So if you’re thinking, “If he can do it, why can’t I?” then here are some tips to help get you closer to your goal, starting with your first class.

1) Get a head start

“Students should read all their weekly assignments at the beginning of the week so that they can make sure they understand what needs to be done,” said Autumn Leal, a Readiness Advisor with Ashford University. Leal’s team is tasked with helping students adjust to online learning during their first five courses. At Ashford, class starts on Tuesday, with each student able to access an overview of that week’s assignments, reading, and due dates online.

2) Communication is key

Being able to access the classroom from anywhere, at any time, is a major advantage for online students.

“I always stress the importance of staying in communication with instructors,” said Leal. “I recommend working ahead and reaching out early if they have concerns about any assignments.”

3) Use your resources

Going it alone can put your dreams of a 4.0 GPA in serious danger. All of this technology is at your fingertips, so take advantage.

“I tell [students] to explore the Writing Center and library, and get familiar with what resources are available,” said Leal. “The hardest thing to master is APA formatting and [citations].”

4) Turn in all of your assignments

It seems obvious, but it can’t be stated enough. “I tell students that it is better to be late and receive some credit than to receive a zero,” Leal said.

Getting off on the right foot is critical, especially for adult learners who can’t risk falling behind when work and family are also priorities. For more advice that can help you reach your goal of graduating with a 4.0 GPA, read “How to Study Like a Champ” on Forward Thinking.


Written by Jason R. Latham, Content Manager for Bridgepoint Education

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