How do I go about this? Should I?

posted 3 years ago in College
Post # 3
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Sugar bee

I would go talk to him in person and ask about it. If, in fact, he does have you mixed up with another student, then you definitely want him to see you face-to-face so that he knows which name belongs to you!

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@Missknicole:  Make an appointment to see your prof during office hours. I’m sure this is a mistake that can easily be corrected. 

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@Missknicole:  Did you get a syllabus at the beginning of the year? My professors had open office hours with no appointment needed. I think it would be best to catch his off guard with your name… just to see if he really did mix you up. If he is gone for winter break, do you have an advisor you can talk to?

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

Go see him during office hours and ask him what you could do in future classes to improve the grade.  If you “accuse” him of anything you aren’t going to get anywhere.  Open the door for him to see his mistake and take it from there.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Since it’s winter break and he’s likely not holding office hours, I’d email him and nicely ask why you got the 3.7. Then see what he says. If he says that you missed class and never talked, that is your opening to bring up confusing you with the other student.

Question though – if you got an A on the final, is the 3.7 instead of the 4.0 on the participation actually changing your grade for the course???

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

You could always simply email him and ask what portion of your grade was for class participation and if it wasn’t perfect then ask for an explanation. If he tells you that you weren’t in class or did not actively participate I would then go in person as he’d likely recognize you. 

He won’t think it is accusatory if you start by asking for specifics about how he came to your final grade and then approaching him about it with a general concern when you felt you should’ve been given full marks for it.

 

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

@Missknicole:  What I would say in an e-mail:

HI Professor, I was wondering if youcould give me a breakdown of my grade from last semester. I was in group B of your Tuesday/Thursday 10 am class. Thank you, Student

When he says that you didn’t have good attendance or participate much in class, clarify that you never missed class (or that you only missed twice on 9/10 and 10/13). I would also mention “you confused me with Sally a few times in class, I just wanted to make sure it didn’t happen with the grades.” 

Certainly do NOT take the lower grade.

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Definitely say something! Asking about a situation is not the same as ACCUSING someone of doing something. It’s all in the approach. And if he’s offended, too bad he’ll have to get over it. You are 1 student out of thousands in his career, but this is one grade out of a limited amount that make up your final GPA. It’s more important to you than it is to him.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@Missknicole:  Definitely go ask about it.  I asked one of my professors about one of my grades before because according to the syllabus, the final exam was only supposed to count as like 5-10% of our grade.  When I saw my grade before the final, I knew I could fail it and still get an A.  Somehow I got a B.  I went to him, but he still did not change it, I decided not to get into it over that, but I was ticked he didn’t even care to go by the syllabus.

Post # 14
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Sugar bee

I am a professor, and I assure you, if I accidentally gave a student the wrong grade because I’d mixed him/her up with someone else, I would want them to point it out so I could rectify it!

You could also couch it as, “I didn’t want to jump to any conclusions, but I did wonder if you might have mixed me up with (Name), because that happened in class a couple of times. I was very careful about my attendance, etc. …”

Good luck!

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