Approach for Extra Credit
December 14, 2009 9:45 PM Subscribe
How should I approach a teacher for extra credit in a class?
posted by Atarah to Education (20 answers total)
I'm a straight-A student with a very strong chance of getting valedictorian for my high school class of 2011 (Right now I'm a junior). I currently have a 4.0 cumulative GPA. Due to the odd way the WA public school works, the valedictorian is decided purely on GPA. Thus, there's around 4-5 of us for each graduating class rather than the usual 1 you see in colleges.
I've managed to hold on to the 4.0 despite taking a ton of AP classes these last few years. However, I currently have an A- in my AP US History class, which is by far my weakest subject. I'm more a math and science guy.
I was hoping to approach my teacher and see if I can do a history project for him to earn enough extra credit to boost me up to an A for this semester. I'm less than .5% away from an A right now.
However, my teacher is a really intense, no nonsense, brutal kind of guy, and isn't one to give out extra credit freely. I love his class and the way he teaches, but it makes it hard to develop a teacher-student bond with him, and I am sure he'll refuse to grant me the project without a very good reason.
So, could you please give me some tips on how I should go about asking him for the extra credit? Maintaining my 4.0 is important to me personally, and while I'm doing a lot better in the class, I just need a little bit of a boost to get back into A territory.
Any suggestions on how I should approach this?