You're a college student. Your grades haven't been very high, but now you want to get better grades so that you can graduate with honors. You're talking to your academic advisor. You say:
Hopefully I can bring my GPA up to at least a 3.0 this semester.
Use "Hopefully..." to talk about something that you hope will happen. For example:
Hopefully we can finish the deal by the end of this month.
You "hope" for something that:
- might possibly happen
- isn't definitely going to happen
So, for example, you can't say "Hopefully I can be a baseball player" if you're 30 years old and not athletic. It's too unrealistic. Instead, you would say:
I wish I could be a baseball player.
High school and college students in the U.S. have a "GPA". This stands for "Grade Point Average". It's a number between 0 and 4.0 which represents the average of all the student's grades. It works like this:
- An "A" in a class is worth 4 points.
- A "B" is worth 3 points, a "C" is worth 2, and so on.
- You take the average of all the grades to get a "GPA".
- You talk about the GPA as "__ point __". For example, "three point five".
A 3.0 GPA or higher is considered OK. Lower than that isn't good to put on an application or resumé.
If a student's grades are low, they may try to "bring their GPA up". This means to get better grades in their classes, so that the average rises.
A "semester" is half of a school year. Usually there's a fall semester and a spring semester.
Most college courses last for one semester. High school classes might last for one semester. Or they might last a whole year, but they'll still be broken up into two semesters. In that case, the students will get a grade for each semester, and then a total grade for the year.
"This semester" means the semester that's happening right now.
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