How to have a 4.0 semester
How I did it: It was my very first semester in high school. Looking back, my classes really weren't that much easier than those I have taken since. Sure, it would take more effort now that I'm a junior preparing for four AP exams (English Language, Chemistry, U.S. Government, and Comparative Politics if you're interested.) But my worst gpa of high school (a 3.5 unweighted and a 3.7 weighted) was the next semester which was-if anything-easier than the first. The key, for me, was to start strong. I did homework right when it was assigned and looked over it carefully until I turned it in. I kept an organized assignment book, crossed things off when I finished them, and kept them in a folder to turn in. I paid attention in class. I kept that up through finals, and came out on top. Unfortunately, that was my only totally successful semester. I severely regret my later performance now that I'm looking at colleges.