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School is starting up again for many students, or if you’re like me, you’re up to three weeks through your first 2019 semester. Which means new headaches, added stress, and a lot of potential confusion as new classes, teachers and systems have to be figured out.
But there are handy tools out there that can help lessen some of the hassle. Recently I was given the opportunity to review a student GPA calculator, and it is quickly becoming one of my new favorite tools.
What is it?
Well, just that. A simple, easy to use GPA calculator.
GPA is one of those annoyingly weird numbers that some parts of society, in this case education, seem to be defined by. As a graduated homeschooler, I never really could understand what GPA was, or why it was important. When my transcript was being put together after graduation, my dad figured out the GPA part, and I just sort of ignored it. After exploring above site, I’m finally understanding what GPA is, and how it works. Not only is it a calculator, but the site also includes many helpful, well written articles about GPA, what it is, why it matters, and how to raise it.
A GPA calculator for college semesters, with instructional videos underneath on how to use it, as well as written step by step instructions, as well as a basic rundown of how the numbers are calculated.
There’s also a GPA calculator for high schoolers, with many similar functions, and a focus on a few extra ones for different type of high school courses. Like the college version, the high school calculator includes detailed, easy to follow instructions, and an overview of how everything is put together.
Both calculators allow the user to add extra classes and additional semesters, so an entire academic career can be input into the algorithm and tabulated in one fell swoop.
Finally there’s a total GPA calculator, which seems to be very similar to the other two, with little differentiation other than a running list at the top of GPA and total credit hours earned in the classes logged into the calculator.
My personal favorite though, is the class grade calculator. In addition to formulas for both high school and college GPA averaging, the site offers a calculator for figuring out what a specific classes GPA will turn out to be. Rather than having to sit down for thirty minutes with numbers and a regular calculator trying to figure out how it all needs to get put in, it’s nice to be able to just plug in numbers that are easy to find, and let the system figure the rest out for me. It saves time too. I even started plugging in grades for projects I haven’t even turned in yet, in order to see what grade ranges might yield target GPAs with what I’ve already completed.
In every calculator on the site, inputs and totals are automatically saved, so when a user goes back to the site on the same computer, everything they had put in is still there ready for them.
What I liked:
The simple, easy to navigate layout, step by step guides for use, and several articles on GPA FAQs. I also appreciate the effort the programmers went to, to include both a college as well as a high school oriented calculator, even though much of the information and formulas for calculation are similar. The attention to detail and functionality for all students in need of GPA information, no matter what level, showed an apparent attitude of mindfulness that some online sites I have seen before don’t appear to have.
And of course, not only having a regular GPA formula, but calculators for multiple grade functionalities was very nice to have
What I wasn’t a fan of:
While for me personally the automatic saving of what I input into the calculators wasn’t a huge deal, I can see how it could cause issues, or be just plain annoying, especially in situations where a person may be on a shared or public computer and not wish to let others see their grades/GPA. And option to choose to save the GPAs for next time would fix the issue, and could make for a smoother process all around.
The only other warning I would have is, at least personally, playing with the numbers and formulas got addictive, and I spent more time than I should have sticking random numbers into some of the calculators, just because I was curious what would happen. But maybe that’s just me.
What about you? What are some of your favorite student tools out there on the web?