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A Few Choice Tips...

....for my former Intro to Linguistics students about the grading policy.

  1. Being shocked that you have a C in the class weeks after the semester is over and you had all your grades available to you will earn you no sympathy.

  2. Crying about how you would have brought me doctor's notes for all the classes you skipped....er, missed...if you had but known that participation counted for five points in the class will cause me to raise an eyebrow at you. Particularly since the participation aspect has been mentioned in class dozens of times and posted on the class web page since the first day. And you would have had to have been sick for oh...10 of the 13 weekly sessions. And you wouldn't have thought to email me before the very end of the semester, of course. Riiiiight.

  3. Feigning (or perhaps actually experiencing) puzzlement at your grade because you "did so well on the exams!" (which were worth only half the total grade, as was published on the class website) will also earn you no points. Especially if you never came to class, failed the homeworks, and submitted a barely adequate paper.

  4. Whining about how you would have participated in the extra credit experiment but the guy didn't email you back so you dropped it will also result in a frosty response. Particularly if this is the fifth email to me about your grade, thus proving that you're quite capable of pursuing email contact when you so choose.

  5. Wheedling for an extra point because you "tried" will cause boiling irritation and seal your grade's fate.

That is all.


Dec. 30th, 2004 01:22 pm (UTC)
Yes, people actually do this.

They also come towards the end of the term or after the final and say things like, "I really need to get a(n) ___" (where you fill in the non-failing grade of your choice) "because if I don't, then ________." (where you fill in something like _I'll lose a scholarship_, _I'll get kicked off the team_, _my parents will stop paying my tuition_, etc.)

Yes, people actually do this.
Dec. 30th, 2004 01:39 pm (UTC)
::rolls eyes:: because we ALL know guilt is a better way to a passing grade than oh I don't know-STUDYING.

Sheesh. The thought to do that to any of my undergrad professors (and now my grad professors) never crossed my mind. Wonder if it ever works, for how popular it is. Hope it doesn't; makes those of us who actually work for our grades look bad. Or feel bad, take your pick. >_
Dec. 31st, 2004 11:38 am (UTC)
Hope it doesn't; makes those of us who actually work for our grades look bad. Or feel bad, take your pick. >_<

Exactly so - even if I was somehow magically moved by their whining (in scary alterna-world), it would be wickedly unfair to everyone else who actually earned the grade they ended up with.


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