I am going to apply for graduate school a year later. My institution is adapting an GPA algorithm which take all course grades record in to GPA calculation. But there is a consequence I think is unfavorable to students.
For example, I got a 1.0/4.0 for my calculus course in freshman which is a 6 credit course in freshman year(not because I mastered it poorly, in fact I mastered the material quite well by the time, it is because e.g. tiny numeric calculation errors in big point problems can ruin the whole final exam which is 70% of GPA in my school, and yes, enough to make it down to 1.0).I retake it and get a 4.0 a year later to prove that in fact I am well versed in this area. But the net effect for GPA calculation is that the two grades are all included and it is identical to (1.0+4.0)/2=2.5 GPA for 12 credits which is still of negative effect. I have a small number of courses but with huge credits badly screwed up and I find it difficult to pull my GPA up in this circumstance.
So, is this algorithm used widely among universities? If it is, how to overcome the downsides or the only way is to face it directly? How would admission offices in, e.g. US graduate schools, view this?