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Is my grade fair?

SingDanceRunLifeSingDanceRunLife Posts: 1,787Registered User Senior Member
edited November 2012 in College Life
In my education class, we had to do group presentations. My group made our PowerPoint, then emailed our professor asking if we should add/change anything. She had a few things she wanted us to add, so we did. Well, we got our grade back today, and she took points off (gave us a 4/5) because "it needed more data/statistics." And that was literally the only negative feedback she gave us -- her other comments included "Good presentation" and "Good group dynamic."

If it needed more data/statistics, why didn't she say so when we asked about any changes we needed to make?

I think it's completely unfair that she took points off for this because she never said we needed ANY data/statistics! (It was nowhere in the guidelines for the project she gave us, and she didn't mention it when we emailed her either).

Ugh.



What do you think?
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Replies to: Is my grade fair?

  • ijamjlijamjl Posts: 347Registered User Member
    I think you are overreacting.
  • SingDanceRunLifeSingDanceRunLife Posts: 1,787Registered User Senior Member
    A 4/5 sucks! That's only an 80...and we deserve a perfect score since we did exactly what she told us to do!
  • ijamjlijamjl Posts: 347Registered User Member
    So if you go to the DMV to get a learner's permit and they tell you, exactly, that you need to fill out a form and then go back on the line, only to find out that you need proof of your age and identity, you're going to tell them it's not fair? Just because they didn't "tell you exactly what to do"?

    I know my example isn't the same, but my point is to own up to your mistakes. Did you really expect your professor to spoon feed you? You have to use your own judgment sometimes. This isn't high school anymore.

    You can bring it up with your professor, and perhaps she'll give you the grade you want because, and I'm assuming, that you're either a freshman or sophomore. Just don't expect those freebies from this point on.
  • romanigypsyeyesromanigypsyeyes Posts: 25,596Registered User Senior Member
    It's one point... Seriously... It's one point.

    And no, you don't deserve a prefect score just for doing what was explicitly asked. That's for high school. In college, you get a perfect score for these things when you go above and beyond, not just the bare minimum.
  • boysx3boysx3 Posts: 5,161Registered User Senior Member
    When your professor said to add more graphics, I am assuming she did not want you to just add more pretty pictures; more likely she wanted you to add informational graphics--ie., data.

    Data expressed in graphics.
  • ProudpatriotProudpatriot Posts: 799Registered User Member
    Graphics=DATA. What did you think was supposed to be in the graphics?
  • SingDanceRunLifeSingDanceRunLife Posts: 1,787Registered User Senior Member
    One point on a 5 point scale is a lot. A 4/5 is an 80. A 5/5 is a 100. That's a HUGE difference.

    And graphics doesn't equal data...at least not in an education class.

    I also am pretty sure that the one group that got a 5/5 didn't include any more data than my group did.
  • ijamjlijamjl Posts: 347Registered User Member
    Go ahead and address the topic. However, if you don't have actual evidence that you deserved the 5/5, and that means NOT comparing yours to the other group's project, then you'll end up looking like a fool.

    It's honestly not a big deal. Sure, 4/5 translates to 80, but how much does that project count toward your grade? 5%? 10%? So you went from a possible 100 to a 98. BIG DEAL.
  • SingDanceRunLifeSingDanceRunLife Posts: 1,787Registered User Senior Member
    It counts 15%. And yeah, it kind of is a big deal.
  • romanigypsyeyesromanigypsyeyes Posts: 25,596Registered User Senior Member
    SDRL, I'm asking you this in all seriousness- why did you ask this and your other recent thread questions? You seem to have your mind made up and frankly are just looking for validation that you're right. Almost everyone disagrees with you and you take offense. Why ask the question if you're not looking for answers? If you just need to get it out there, we have a venting thread.
  • SingDanceRunLifeSingDanceRunLife Posts: 1,787Registered User Senior Member
    Yes, on this matter, I do have my mind made up. That doesn't mean I don't want other people's opinions. And what other threads are you talking about? If you're talking about my car thread, I wasn't asking for opinions...I stated my opinion, and said it sucks and $10 is a lot.
  • romanigypsyeyesromanigypsyeyes Posts: 25,596Registered User Senior Member
    Then, for the future, if you're not looking for opinions and just want to vent, this might be a better place:

    http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/parent-cafe/319650-say-here-cause-you-cant-say-directly-get-off-your-chest-thread.html
  • ijamjlijamjl Posts: 347Registered User Member
    So have you contacted your professor yet?
  • SingDanceRunLifeSingDanceRunLife Posts: 1,787Registered User Senior Member
    I talked to her as soon as I saw our grade and comments. Her response was "I see what you're saying, but I'm not changing your grade."
  • Sue22Sue22 Posts: 2,955Registered User Senior Member
    I'd say it's time to grow up and take responsibility for your own life and work. Walk to the store. Do the presentation without handholding from the professor.
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