Low GPA? Know how to shine through!Anisha Mukhija
Here are few tricks to get you out of that GPA rut and help you to create a strong application, despite your low grades.
1.How to provide context for your low GPA:
Despite taking additional tutorials and having a great GRE test score, schools may still interrogate your low GPA.
You need to deliver their apprehension to prove that whatever reasons caused your low GPA is neither a factor in your career life anymore. Here are a few tips you can explain your situation-
Situations beyond one’s control: This can include pathological conditions, family issues, difficulty adjusting to
graduation college. What to do?: You need to honestly address the problem and portray that you have moved beyond it.
Situations at least partly within one’s control: Did you make poor decisions early in your academic career?
Did you take the wrong major or need to work more than part time while in school? What to do: Take charge for your
mistake and show how you’ve become a more mature, responsible adult. Emphasize on improved grades and work
achievements. If you had to work, discuss how many hours, and try to show how your grades improved during the time when you were not working. Avail the Verbal Maximiser to enhance your scores!
A low or declining GPA with no disparaging situations: As noted above, this is a major red flag. What to do: You must be accountable and ensure that you won’t let it happen again. You need to take additional coaching and get A’s in all of them to prove your motivation. You need to speak about what caused lack of motivation in the past, but what really needs to be communicated is that you are on the right track and that the past remains in the past. Be sure that your explanation is direct and concise. You want the “adcom”(admission committee, for those of you who didn’t know) to be able to see what actually happened, and not to think that you’re fussing or making excuses.
2. Avoid ordinary mistakes in handling a low GPA:
The biggest mistake aspirants make is to think that their GPA doesn’t matter. If you’re applying to grad school within 5 years or completing your undergrad job, the school will use your GPA to analyze how much you are able to achieve academically. It is also a method of comparing students.Some students will try to make up for their poor performance by stating that they were too busy to study and didn’t take their classes seriously. You must take full liability for your grades, and the scenarios that caused them – whether you made a mistake, had poor time management skills or made bad choices. If you tell the adcom that you were happy with your decision and make no improvements in yourself, you will probably not be invited to convert the incoming class.Read on to know important tips to keep in mind for GRE prep
A successful application to a competitive program will not focus solely on ways you improved on your weaknesses. You also need to give schools good justifications to accept you. Give instances of where you were able to shine and make a difference. Make the school enthusiastic about having you in their school, and come next fall, you just may be!Know the GRE most repeated words!
GPAs aren’t the end of the world. Yes, they are important but the AdCom looks at a lot of other things when granting
admissions. Work on them!