If My Grades Are Bad, Can I Still Go To College?

The short answer is yes.  I’ve worked with a number of students who had bad grades in high school, but went on to do well in college.  I’ve also worked with a few, however, who weren’t quite ready for prime time. So while the answer is yes, a student with bad grades can still go […]

Grades and GPA Don’t Necessarily Reflect Knowledge

Does your GPA reflect the knowledge you gained in a class? The answer, according to an article recently published by the Association of Middle Level Education, is probably not. Teachers rely on grade point averages for the sake of simplicity, not because these averages reflect mastery of material.

Grades, Your GPA, Education, and Learning: How Do We Compare Apples to Apples?

Today a reader wrote in to ask a question about comparing grading system between two different geometry classes in California. You can read the question here. Picture this. Two geometry teachers in the same school.  Each uses a different grading scale.  In one class, you need an average of 90% to get an A, while […]

How to Go to College: The Unofficial Rules

This was recommended to me by a friend on Twitter. It is a very clear, explicit guide for approaching your college career.  Too many students leave for college believing that the “school rules” will be essentially the same as those they encountered in high school Nothing could be further from the truth. This guide should […]