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Professor ruined my GPA!

xxariana39xxariana39 Registered User Posts: 19 New Member
edited December 2015 in College Life
I finally finished my first semester of college and i got a 2.5 gpa! I only had 4 classes: Comp, pre-algebra, history and child growth/development. I ended up getting B in pre-alg, A in comp, D in history, and incomplete for child growth (im not done with that class yet). since pre-alebra is not a college course, the B doesnt go towards my gpa. So i only have grades A and D towards my gpa. I cant believe i got a D in history! I worked really hard in that class. I knew i was failing that class because for my mid term grade i also got a D. I talked to my professor and he told me if i passed the final exam and did extra credit i can get my grade up to a B. Well.. I just got my grades back in, and i still have a D! I almost withdrew from that class, but he was against it because he said he was sure i could raise my grade!.Should i email my professor?
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Replies to: Professor ruined my GPA!

  • elliebhamelliebham Registered User Posts: 876 Member
    edited December 2015
    Did you pass the final exam or not? Do you have any written record of him saying you would get a B if you passed the exam and did extra credit, even though you were failing? It seems unlikely a professor would promise to raise a student's grade that high. Also, you should probably get out of the mindset that this is your professor's fault. Having "worked really hard" in a class doesn't matter. It's about results, not effort. Best of luck.
  • xxariana39xxariana39 Registered User Posts: 19 New Member
    The professor gave us a take home final exam. We had to answer some questions in a essay form. I wrote 9 pages and gave it to him the last day of class so i never got it back
  • bodanglesbodangles Registered User Posts: 9,185 Senior Member
    Ask him what you got on the final. Did you do the extra credit?
  • xxariana39xxariana39 Registered User Posts: 19 New Member
    Yes, i did the extra credit. I feel like emailing him but im not sure what to say. I dont want to come off as annoying.
  • bopperbopper Forum Champion CWRU Posts: 12,813 Forum Champion
    First get the facts. Find out what you got on your final.
    Did you do the extra credit? What did you get on that?
  • bjkmombjkmom Registered User Posts: 7,607 Senior Member
    edited December 2015
    You mention all the time you spent, all the work you did.

    You mention extra credit. You don't mention getting the answers right on the tests.

    You were failing at the midterm-- what did you do to increase your grade other than ask for extra credit? Did you attend office hours? Get a tutor? Put in extra time on the reading? Do any outside research?

    Your grades are your responsibility, not his. You speak of what he did. You had a D at the midterm. How did HE ruin your grade??

    What did you do?
  • twogirlstwogirls Registered User Posts: 6,750 Senior Member
    I hate to say this, but I doubt very much that your professor ruined your GPA. Did you do everything in your power to succeed in the class? Attend office hours? Go to any extra help sessions (at my daughter's school they call it SI, and she attends whether she needs to or not). Successful students often go the extra mile.
  • juilletjuillet Super Moderator Posts: 12,680 Super Moderator
    The professor didn't say that you would get a B if you passed the final and did the extra credit.

    He said that if you passed the final and turned in extra credit, you could raise your grade to a B. Translation: it is possible for you to raise your grade to a B, but you would've had to have done well on the final and turn in the extra credit (and potentially do well on that, too).

    In general, professors have no desire to ruin your GPA or any particular investment in the grade that you get for a class. In fact, most professors want to see most of their students do well. You get the grade that you earn.
  • xxariana39xxariana39 Registered User Posts: 19 New Member
    I told him i was going to withdraw from his class. He knew i was concerned about my grade. Yet, he told me withdrawing would not be necessary and he was against it.
  • dfbdfbdfbdfb Registered User Posts: 3,779 Senior Member
    And you passed, albeit with a low score.

    You need to be more aware that effort counts for nothing in college (with a very, very few exceptional cases). It's all about achievement. If you achieve at a high level, you get a good grade, no matter the level of effort expended; similarly, if you achieve at a low level, you get a low grade, regardless of effort expended.

    As a college professor, if I had the power to instantly change one thing about K-12 education to better prepare students for college, it would be to somehow teach students early on that effort is important for but not determinative of academic success.
  • elliebhamelliebham Registered User Posts: 876 Member
    He can be against it all he wants, but you are the student and you need to decide whether or not it's detrimental to stay in a class you aren't doing well in. At least now you know for next time.
  • bjkmombjkmom Registered User Posts: 7,607 Senior Member
    If you want good grades in history, you need to get the answers right.

    Apparently you didn't.
  • preamble1776preamble1776 Registered User Posts: 4,731 Senior Member
    You know better than anyone what your circumstances are - if you believe yourself to be in a pretty dire situation academically and withdrawal seems to be the best option available, then you withdraw.
  • aunt beaaunt bea Registered User Posts: 9,617 Senior Member
    @bjkmom and @twogirls are absolutely correct: When you are failing a class, you have to go to office hours, work with tutors, find study groups and go over previous test information. Maybe the professor had too much faith in your ability. Professors DO NOT LIKE to fail their students!

    Your 9 pages may not have directly answered the questions; or may have been a combination of terms and discussions that didn't make sense. The quantity of pages does not mean a thing if you didn't answer the questions correctly. Most people can ramble on about a subject and not make any sense.

    The students who get A's also work "hard" but they put in extra efforts. I have a dd who attends every tutoring session, office hour, and study group even though she's an A student. She said she learned early that the A students attend office hours and study groups.

    Use this as a learning experience. Next time, you'll do better.
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