(Closed) Professor Vent

posted 6 years ago in College
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

I’ve been a TA for years now… I’ve seen them adjust the margins by several cm, increase the punctuation font size (I had definitely never heard of that as a student!), the 12.5 font, line spacing that’s more 2.5 than double spacing… It’d be nice if they showed as much creativity in their work as they do in their endeavor to be sneaky…

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2011

Heh. People are dumb.

Personally I HATE word count required papers because someitmes the point can be made outside the required word count, there shouldn’t be a need to uselessly fluff for more words when the needed things have been said. But I manage to not increase the text size to get there…. How do they think bigger words means more words??

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

My other favorite trick is when decide to put in two inch margins. I’m not sure how they think I won’t notice it.

I feel your pain.

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 1992

@ProfessorGirl:  As a professor, is this your biggest pet peeve? Just curious.

Post # 7
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

I require submission electronically so I can check the word count myself. I feel for you. 

Post # 8
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

Honestly, I love to write.  I love to write.  Being concise is very important to me and I have always disagreed with a length requirement.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Better than what my friend is dealing with….a student turned in a paper they wrote for a prior class…leaving on the old professor’s name…who is now Dean of the Ethics dept…did I mention this was for an ethics class?  20% of her students in one class cheated.  I’ve taught ethics too and I’ve had 4 students cheat in 4 terms.  It’s very sad.

Post # 10
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

@chasesgirl:  We carefully think about the appropriate number of words necessary for a student with clear, succinct prose to accomplish the task set out in the writing prompt. We don’tjust choose, say, 3000 words at random. And if the word count is preset by the course description, then we choose a prompt appropriate for that length. 

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 1992

@rosyQ87:  I had an experience once with Google Docs in which I was unable to set the margins to a standard form, and then it had the audacity not to even recognize all of the citations I had put in the paper. For some reason, it printed out my text only, and there was a glaring quarter page at the bottom where all of my sources should have been foot noted, but were missing. This only happened when I printed out the pages; they were showing up on the screen, but would not print with the document. It was an abhorrent day.

As a poor student, I was trying to avoid spending $ on Microsoft Word since my lap top had not come loaded with the program, but after that stupid foray into senselessness, I have since sprang for Word.

 

Post # 12
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

Because fluffing papers and filling it with BS and repetition just to meet a certain “length” in my opinion completely compromises the piece . So to mentally justify the requirement, kids look for ways to compensate. ( there is no excuse for 16 pt font because thats just obvious you don’t care)

I just wrote the papers in the correct formating but let them come up short. Didn’t seem to bother my professors grade wise.

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2011

@mrsSonthebeach:  Meh, I still say if a student can make the required point in 6 sentences, they make it in six sentences, but on that same token should they chose to write 10 pages and not make the point, they get the grade they deserve based on how well they made the point and not the length of the paper. Of course I have gotten into classes that are technical writing, not “English” writing so no one wants fluff, make the point and move along. 

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I have this posted in my room (obviously tongue-in-cheek):

 

Rules

1. The professor is always right.

2.  If you think the professor is wrong, refer to rule #1.

 

They REALLY think they can get away with margin-changing, font-changing, etc.  Little do they know we can spot Times New Roman size 12.5.  🙂

 

It is frustrating though.  I have to force myself NOT to get mad…just to get even (j/k).

Post # 16
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 1992

@ProfessorGirl:  I’m a non-traditional student (30, went back for degree), and during my first semester back, I was shocked at the texting going on, personally. I’ve always felt like that’s blatantly disrespectful. And napping. I hate that. If I see a napper in front or to the side of me, I make it a point to “drop” something really loud. If you want to sleep, stay home. I didn’t come to class to hear you snore.

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