"If I get a 100 on everything from now on, what grade will I have?" "Ok, if I get an 85 on everything how will can I do in the class?" And on and on and on.
Or else the queries come from students doing passing work, wanting to know if they can skip major things, and still pass.
"If I get a 100 on everything else from now 'till the end, can I skip the research essay and still pass?" (HAH!! You little buggers! I fixed your wagons a few years ago when I added a note on my syllabus that failure to complete it would result in failure of the course no matter what the rest of their grades were. [And for the Monicas out there who will write saying that is not fair, and if I feel that way why don't I just make that assignment worth 50% of the grade---I actually give my little snowflakes many, many opportunities to do well and to practice their skills prior to writing the monster paper, and if I don't give those assignments grades that count, the precious munchkins won't do them.]) "Ok, so how many of the weekly assignments can I skip and still pass?" "If I don't do the reading from now until the end, can I still pass?" (Yes, I have really been asked these things!!!)
I am NOT a calculator, I tell them! Look at the way your grade is calculated (It's RIGHT THERE ON THE SYLLABUS)! Look at the assignments left!!! Figure it out, people!!
They don't get it. They think I am being mean. They think I am not doing my job. They go and complain about me.
It's so damn aggravating!!!