OMG UPDATE: Question? Answer.

Updated on Tuesday, April 28

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QUESTION: Anyone tried asking a prof/TA to boost your mark from _9 (i.e 59,69,79) to _0 (i.e 60, 70, 80). What did you specifically ask, and what was the result?

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  1. The answer is usually a big fat NO across the board. Most profs will ignore your emails, while others will ridicule you for trying to grade farm, simply because it is just not fair for other students.

    Study harder next time OP.

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  2. For TAs, it depends. If the marking is subjective and you have a good argument for why you deserve that extra 1%, you can always email to ask. As a TA, I've reviewed grades for people who asked and - in some cases - their marks have went up because they actually had valid reasons to present instead of just saying "Grumble grumble grumble give better mark to me, mark slave."

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    1. Thanks for the input. In your opinion what would constitute a good argument? The course I am taking is subjective, and to be honest I've been unhappy with the grade I was receiving multiple times. I just didn't act thinking that it wouldn't matter. But now that I am in this situation I really want to do something.

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  3. If they bump your 79 to an 80 then they should add an extra 1 percent to everyone else. Why should you be special just because your grade ends in a 9?

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    1. OP here. Its not that I should be special. If other people get bumped up a percent it most likely won't matter. For example an 80 and an 84 are both a 3.9. A 79 is a 3.3 while an 80 is a 3.7. While I see your point, I heard from many that some profs always round up _9 people out of kindness.

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    2. Aren't GPAs calculated using your average anyway? Why would you care about the breakpoint for a specific course?

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    3. 3b they dont average it then convert to gpa. they convert each course first then average it. lets say you have 2 courses 79, and 100. its not (79+100)/2. Its (3.3+4.0)/2

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  4. just tell them the truth - your GPA is needs every bump it can get to get into medical/w/e school

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  5. Yes, visited the prof in the office and asked him if he could check my final and assignments to see if there was any way to move from the 69 to 70.

    Another prof I'd emailed once to set up an an appointment wasn't too interested in meeting with me (He also wasn't on campus for too many hours those weeks). I was at a 79 there but not as motivated to push for the increase. Would have been possible though.

    Basically, don't listen to these negative Nancies. Doesn't hurt to ask. Keep your request reasonable, come from an earnest and genuinely honest place, and they'll take it in due consideration :)

    Tell him how much the mark increase would benefit you and if there's any additional assignment you could do to deserve the increase.

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    1. The assignments should be made available to all then. Otherwise it's simply not fair. How is it okay to give an advantage to what's essentially a begging student over one with the dignity not to beg for extra marks?

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    2. It's called taking initiative.

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    3. *it's called being a faget

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    4. Thanks 5, thats exactly what i did actually a few days back. They didn't accept unfortunately. prof said grades our final and can't be changed. Its cute how she thought I would believe that. oh well, I tried.

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  6. @5d They are, for all intents and purposes, final. It's a big escalation to go for a revaluation once the marks are transferred to Quest (which, at this point, they likely have been).
    As a side note, seriously, drop the entitlement. Your professor is not a nitwit; she worked hard to get to where she is and she can evaluate your work for what it is. Professors are not infallible but, when you're arguing for 1%, you need to calm your teats and accept what you got.

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    1. My TA was the one doing the marking, let's not jump to conclusions. And there's no entitlement here, I was actually unhappy with my grades in this class long before. But now that I'm in this situation I decoded I might as well try to get that 1%.

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  7. I don't understand, do you think you should get more marks on specific questions? If you want a remarking be prepared for your grad to possibly go down.

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