Thursday, April 4, 2013
Grade Grubbing, Blubbering Grace
But your B+ is not such a catastrophe. Really it is not. Yes, you followed all the instructions. You used your sources well. Yes, I did remark in my end comment that you have a nice writing style. But your essay lacked depth. Utterly. You barely skimmed the surface of the topic, and discussed it in a childlike way. Also, you made a mistake----your essay contained a factual error. And it was sort of important. I did not take more off for that because you discussed that portion of your topic well in spite of that error. But still....
I understand, really I do, that you consider yourself an A student. You are a traditional student; you are planning to transfer to a real school. I know all that. You need A's because you think this school is such a piece of crap that anything less than an A here will get you barred from even the State U down the road.
You are a fanatic about your grades. Yes, I get that too.
I just wish you were more of a fanatic about your actual performance. If you were, then maybe you would have sent me in a draft of your essay. I guarantee you that you would have been able to correct that error and that I would have pointed you in a "deeper" direction if you would have let me look at your work before you handed it in.
Nope. I don't do rewrites. You had your chance.