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Need Help! Should I Explain If I Screw Up On Some Low Level Courses!

EyeOfChaosEyeOfChaos Registered User Posts: 11 New Member
edited November 2010 in Transfer Students
I'm a second year biochem major or maybe will change to neuroscience, and I wanna try to transfer to other school better on undergraduate science education~I'm doing OK for some higher level course and I think that will also be the case this semester~But I screw up on so call "upper level" general chemistry series which drag my total GPA down by 0.3! This two courses are jokes, because the professors are actually taking 1/3 or 1/4 of the material from the higher level course and leave my knowledge in gen chem and analytical chem blank~The professor is also not interested in teaching and stop uploading course material in the last month of class! So should I talk about this in my application essay to try to explain the GPA problem?
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Replies to: Need Help! Should I Explain If I Screw Up On Some Low Level Courses!

  • AndaleAndale Registered User Posts: 7,304 Senior Member
    What is your GPA so far? What do you think it will be with this problem course?

    Your post is a bit confusing; you talk about low level courses in the title, but you call it (them?) upper level in the post.

    If you decide to "explain", how would you go about it? Because dissing the prof is not a good plan.
  • EyeOfChaosEyeOfChaos Registered User Posts: 11 New Member
    My GPA is 3.48 for the first year, not competitive enough for the school I apply for~The courses are upper level gen chem, kinda like honor gen chem, but still gen chem so I call them low level in the title...For explanation, I'm thinking about saying that the class material is not good which make me not interested and not take them seriously...but I still don't have a good idea...That's why I post here for help...
  • entomomentomom Registered User Posts: 23,662 Senior Member
    For explanation, I'm thinking about saying that the class material is not good which make me not interested and not take them seriously

    This is not a good reason to explain a low grade. It essentially says that you think the prof hasn't selected good material (which is unlikely in a gen chem course, as they tend to all cover the same information), so you're not interested and don't do your work, thus the poor grade which should be overlooked.

    An example of a good reason is missing tests due to medical condition, or perhaps family problems. Anything that is just complaining about the class will not fly and will result in making you look bad.
  • entomomentomom Registered User Posts: 23,662 Senior Member
    For explanation, I'm thinking about saying that the class material is not good which make me not interested and not take them seriously

    This is not a good reason to explain a low grade. It essentially says that you think the prof hasn't selected good material (which is unlikely in a gen chem course, as they tend to all cover the same information), so you're not interested and don't do your work, thus the poor grade which should be overlooked.

    An example of a good reason is missing tests due to medical condition, or perhaps family problems. Anything that is just complaining about the class will not fly and will result in making you look bad.
  • EyeOfChaosEyeOfChaos Registered User Posts: 11 New Member
    Quote:which is unlikely in a gen chem course, as they tend to all cover the same information

    The courses are completely different from the other 2 gen chem course in school...They are the first several chapters of QChem and PChem course here...And I'm not the only student who think this course failed to cover materials on gen chem and analytical chem...

    Quote:An example of a good reason is missing tests due to medical condition, or perhaps family problems. Anything that is just complaining about the class will not fly and will result in making you look bad.

    But I didn't miss test due to illness or family problems...Is there any other good reasons?
  • entomomentomom Registered User Posts: 23,662 Senior Member
    And I'm not the only student who think this course failed to cover materials on gen chem and analytical chem...

    I'm playing my teeny tiny violin....get used to it, not all courses or profs are great, and it doesn't end with college. Throughout you life, you do the best you can given the situation you're in. You can believe me or not about how complaining about the course will look to adcoms.
    But I didn't miss test due to illness or family problems...Is there any other good reasons?

    So I should think of something for you to tell adcoms because you don't like a class and so don't want to do the work?????
  • EyeOfChaosEyeOfChaos Registered User Posts: 11 New Member
    OK~I got that...no complaining...So is telling the AO I learn from it that: I should do my best no matter how I like the environment a good idea?
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