Should I be nit-picking my professor for points?

posted 3 years ago in College
  • poll: Should I be nit-picking for the extra points?
    Yes : (34 votes)
    50 %
    No : (30 votes)
    44 %
    Obligatory Other : (4 votes)
    6 %
  • Post # 3
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    You can bet your ass I wouldn’t give away points in school. Depending on her grading it’s possible that each question isn’t worth a full 1 point but you should at least ask her to explain if it’s not clear. Every point counts when they all add up to make your GPA.

    Post # 4
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    3777 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: February 2013

    One point can be the difference between an A and a B. You bet I’d email her for that one point!

    Post # 5
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    3718 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    If possible, I’d stop emailing, and go meet with her, or go to her office hours. Ask her to explain how she grades.

    Post # 8
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2014 - Turf Valley

    @Glasgowbound:  +1!!!! 

    Emails can be interpreted incorrectly.  It’s much harder for her to feel that you are being obnoxious/attacking her/nit-picking/etc if you are sitting in front of her smiling.

    Post # 10
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    @mchitt329:  I was afraid of that 🙁 I would email her, explain that her office hours are while you are working, and ask to schudule a phone meeting. It is so much easier to explain yourself/make sure your tone is good while talking than dealing with email

    Post # 11
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: February 2013

    @Glasgowbound:  I agree, a phone call would be best. I’m getting my Master’s online, and I’ve made several phone calls to profs in the past.

    Post # 12
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2015

    I would be calling her, I know in one of my classes there are so few points that one can make a huge difference.  Call her and ask why you didn’t the full credit, don’t argue with her but make sure you are getting the points you deserve!

    Post # 13
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    2018 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I just want to echo Glasgowbound’s advice to somehow create a personal connection while doing this–even voices on a phone can convey tone, etc. 

    Post # 14
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: January 2011

    When it comes to how a question was graded, I would be a bit cautious.  For addition errors, always bring it up.  I’ve had profs who refused to do regrades until a few days later, with the exception of addition errors.  I used to screw up .5 points for my students all the time, sometimes I added when I should have subtracted or vice versa.  It’s easy to do and I would always tell them to let me know if I short changed them in the addition.

    Post # 15
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    1018 posts
    Bumble bee

    @mchitt329:  My professors asked that you always point out if you think there may be a mistake in your grade. Sometimes they’re grading late at night or while distracted…

    To word it nicely in an email, ask her to explain the grading to you. For example “Mrs. _____ could you please explain to me how this homework was graded? If each question is worth 1 point, I missed 5 questions but received 5 bonus points I would have a 105/105 right? Unless I made a mistake”

    Post # 16
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    It doesn’t hurt to ask about grades, but just beacuse you got 5 questions wrong and 5 bonus points doesn’t necessarily mean you should get 105/105.  One of the questions might have been worth 2 points and not 1?

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