2.8 GPA -- I would really appreciate your help.

<p>First and foremost, I completely acknowledge that being a rising senior with a GPA currently at 2.8 is a horrendous position to be in.</p>

<p>Prior to last semester, I had around a 3.2. Due to a debilitating math-based learning disability, math has always been my hardest subject -- I am strongest in history and literature. I'm not going to say that it is without a doubt Dyscalculia, since it hasn't been extensively researched, but you can use this as a point of reference, as it describes nearly everything that I have struggled with. I have only had one teacher in my entire life (really) who has been able to teach me math in an effective manner. I had him freshman year for Algebra I, in which I was able to maintain an A -- and for the first semester of Algebra II this past year, in which I was able to attain a B+. He knew that I was bright otherwise, and how hard I worked to obtain relatively mediocre grades in his subject -- but unfortunately, he was fired after first semester. This proved to be devastating for my Algebra II grade. The replacement was completely unwilling to help in the way that most teachers at my school do on a regular basis -- I wasn't asking for sympathy for my inability to understand, I legitimately tried my hardest in her class, asking for worksheets on a regular basis, and requesting brief (10 minute) sessions to review key concepts (for which she was rarely there). This drew my effort away from other classes, and due to my otherwise arduous work load, this sunk my GPA even lower.</p>

<p>Extra information: I have 700 range SAT's, excellent (& varied) extracurriculars, (hopefully) fantastic recommendations (I have already asked the teachers), and an above average ability to write essays. </p>

<p>So, my main question is this: If I raise my abysmal 2.8 GPA during the 1st semester of Senior year, will colleges consider this? I know that I am capable of getting a 4.0, however, am I simply too late? If one applies ED or EA, will the school get these scores? More importantly, would they take this newfound burst of interest into account or would they view it as a glitch in the system?
If you believe that they would take it into consideration, to what extent? Could this more or less save my application?</p>

<p>If you're interested, these are the classes that I have chosen for next semester: AP Art History, AP Statistics (challenging myself in my most difficult subject), AP Environmental Science, A Literature seminar (these are not considered easy at my school), Youth in Government, and Advanced Fiction Writing.</p>

<p>Please respond as soon as possible! =]</p>

<p>In terms of AP's, I previously took AP European History and AP US History.</p>

<p>Not sure what to say. Really. </p>

<p>"Dyscalculia" means brain damage. Like abstract/spatial reasoning impairment, which may include things like difficulty keeping time, reading maps, or just figuring out left from right. I remain skeptical at all the modern "disabilities" that are being diagnosed, especially those that claim significant portions of the human population are "suffering" from this disorder. (ADHD is a joke) I mean, I'm also strong at history and literature, while screwing the fan in math(got a C+ in Calculus once), but I just think that's a biological based personality difference... hardly a disorder. I wouldn't write it in an admissions essay either. If the average reader finds your claims skeptical, an admissions officer will find it ridiculous. </p>

<p>Anyhow, that doesn't help you at all. Honestly your chances aren't too rosy. Bad math grades can't explain a 2.8. It means you got lower than a B average on all your subjects, unless you've failed math (unlikely considering you're looking into college) Colleges give the most weight to your sophomore and junior year grades, and senior year is often an afterthought, although they will appreciate the very brief rising trend. A semester of good work won't be making up for three bad years. </p>

<p>Oh... and one piece of advice. If you're not good at math, I wouldn't take AP Statistics if I were you. It's not exactly a walk in the park you know.</p>

<p>Can you show us what type of math you are having problem with and how you messed up the answer.</p>

<p>Is it you don't understand the question or do you have problems with applying formulas.
Or is it that you can't think of how to solve them.</p>

<p>What are you SAT stats and you grades for each of your classes.</p>