Post # 1
Hey bees just wanted to vent a little bit…
I am an almost-straight A student. This is my fifth year of college, and I have a 3.89 GPA. Yet, last week I took an exam that I seriously tried my best at, and got a 63%. At first I was very upset, for about 5 minutes, and then I just laughed. I mean seriously…How does a student with a 3.9 GPA get a D on an exam? It tells you a lot about how great of a professor I have for that class…
It’s Hispanic Linguistics by the way. I am a Spanish teaching major, but I have never learned anything about linguistics, not even in English. So it is basically a double foreign language to me because that course is taught in Spanish. On top of it, there are Grad students in our class, although they have a couple of different things they do throughout the semester. I feel like she seriously caters to them though, as opposed to students like me who have never taken linguistics and don’t speak Spanish as their first language. This class does not require any previous linguistics knowledge by the way.
I am feeling a lot better about the material that we are talking about this week though, so we will see how it goes. However, I cannot stand this profesor and their “teaching” method of copying everything from the book onto a PPT that is filled top to bottom with text. Then as soon as she explains something, we are supposed to understand it right after. ugh. I just can’t wait for this semester to be over…
I am going to wait and see how I do on the next exam, and if I fail again I will drop the class, but I really am going to try to stick it out! I am trying so hard to remind myself that this grade does not define me as a person.
Post # 3
@kkish3: wow! well, I am glad that you are being realistic about it and not beating yourself up about it. It really does say alot about the teacher and the test for someone with an allmost perfect GPA to almost fail it. Good luck in the rest of the class! 😀
Post # 4
thank you so much! It’s weird because I am normally a very anxious person always stressed out and trying to be a perfect, and I am usually very harsh on myself no matter what the situation is. But for some reason I was just like, I am not letting this happen because of one bad grade. I think it’s because my Fiance is a Psych major so he has taught me a lot throughout our 4 years together 🙂
Post # 5
I can’t believe a 63 is a D. In my college that’s a B minus. Count yourself lucky that you’ve only had one awful teacher though, I’ve had quite a few. Just remember that you can’t change other peoples’ behaviour only you reaction to it. The grade may be frustrating but I hoe you know it’s not a real reflection of you ability.
Post # 6
As a fellow overachiever, it’s actually really important to fail once in a while. Keeps life from knocking you on your ass later on! The profs at MIT purposefully push their grad students past that point their first year, since all of us were 3.9+ GPAs in undergrad – helps to teach us how to handle it!
Post # 7
I think you should go see the professor during office hours and go over the material that you got wrong and show that you actually care. I’m a grad student, and I hear all the time from professors that if students do poorly and don’t come for help, they assume the student doesn’t care or is laughing off the grade.
Maybe the professor could help you get a clearer understanding of the material you don’t get. Sometimes the one-on-one is better than class settings. Or, approach one of the grad students for help. Grad students are always looking for a few bucks, so if you over some money for private tutoring, I bet you’d have no problem getting extra help.
If you drop now, doesn’t it just show as withdrawn/dropped on your transcript, AND you’re out the money you put in it? That’s how it works in my school.
Post # 8
@hopeandpray: I’m so confused! How could a 63 be a B-?
Post # 9
@hopeandpray: 63 = B-?!?!?!
Post # 10
@abbie017: <—- I agree with everything you said. Great advice!
Post # 10
I’d ask for recommendations of a tutor or ask one of the confident graduate students for help. If they are also teachers, they most likely will be willing to sit down with you and walk you through some stuff.
Post # 11
This very day, during my office hours, a usually-straight-A student who had made a failing grade on my literature midterm exam came to see me about it, and after looking it over together, we realized he had badly misunderstood how to answer the questions. We set up an appointment to help him prepare for the final exam, to make sure he understands going into the final how to approach the material.
I’m glad you’re keeping a good attitude about the grade. But abbie017 is right. It’s amazing how many students don’t care. If you don’t come see us, we can only assume you’re one of them! If you do come ask for help or a better understanding of how to succeed, most of us will go to great lengths to help you.
Post # 12
@crayfish: so true I think it does need to happen once in awhile…I was long overdue.
And the reason I am not going to see my professor during her office hours is because it was just that one chapter that I had problems with. I knew I didn’t get it 100% but I thought I would get a B or a C on the exam, which is why I didn’t go to see her ahead of time.
I almost completely understand the material that we are covering in the new chapter, and we will never take an accumalative exam in that course, so I will never be quizzed on the other material again. That’s why I’m just not going to go to her office hours.
I did hear that she tends to offer extra credit at the end of each semester, so I will definitely be doing that!
Thank you all for the advice and support 🙂
Post # 13
I used to be a great student…now I get D’s all the time. School isn’t everything, there’s a lot more to life. It’ll be okay. 🙂 That’s what I tell myself, anyways!
Post # 14
Lo siento! jajaja
I guess if its not cumulative , then you can rock and roll and try and get some extra credit too. But if you think you may have this prof again, then maybe going in for a little chat would be good !
Post # 15
@Eva Peron: gracias por tu empatia! 🙂