How do I dispute my final grade with a professor?
December 20, 2011 12:34 AM Subscribe
Is it okay to dispute final grades? Can I ask certain assignments to be re-evaluated if I did not ask earlier? How do I go about doing this?
posted by cyml to Education (42 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I took a course where there were three essays. I did poorly on one of them, but I didn't dispute them even though I thought he had completely misinterpreted my understanding of the theory. I didn't want to argue it because I felt like it might have been my writing that confused him. I also didn't want to offend him. However, I recently spoke with a fellow student who wrote an essay that interpreted the theory the same way I had, but received a much higher grade. I know it's not my writing because he said it wasn't my writing that got me the low mark, but my ideas. Certainly, I cannot compare my fellow student's work and mine without truly understanding hers, but I don't think we were so drastically different in our understanding that she got an A and I nearly failed.
My second essay was also pretty horrible, but I did some bonus work that made up for how bad it was. My third essay got a really good mark but my professor marked it, and not my TA because she came around to see our presentations on it and took an interest in mine. It was also the one that was worth the most. I also feel like I did pretty well on the final although I have yet to see it.
We got our final marks back, and basically, I'm not where I want to be. I'm at a 77% and I don't feel like it reflects my work and understanding at all. I know I should have spoken with the TA beforehand about my essays but I didn't want to come across as a complainer.
Can I talk to my professor about this now - after I've seen the final? I did some rough calculations and I would've have to done horribly on the final and gotten very little participation marks to not make an 80. I go to all the classes, do all the assignments, participate regularly and I worked hard for this. How do I talk to her about this? Is there a chance that my mark can be changed?
I am not complaining or whining about the 77 without justification. I did poorly on some assignments, and I accept that I did bad on those, but there were a few assignments that I failed to explain myself because I didn't want to be difficult. Now, I feel like this mark is unfair and it doesn't at all reflect my abilities.
Is it too late to talk to her about these assignments now? Or should I accept it and move on?