Should I grade grub now or later or ever?
May 20, 2008 6:58 PM Subscribe
Should I talk to my professor about getting an exemption on a test grade before or after final grades come out (and I learn whether it actually matters)?
posted by martinX's bellbottoms to education (26 answers total)
I broke my wrist the evening before my last physics test of the semester. Consequently, my grade was not nearly as high as it could have been. The people at the medical department and one of my TA's both mentioned the possibility of exempting the grade (essentially giving me a 0/0) but I didn't bother to pursue it because I figured I wasn't close enough to a grade dividing line for it to make a difference. Then the final came around and I kinda bombed it (for reasons mostly unrelated to my wrist, but that's another story). Recalculating my grade I seem to just barely have a C. If I were to drop that test grade I would comfortably have a C.
Getting the test score dropped will probably require quite a bit of effort for me and the professors involved, so I'd rather not bother if it turns out to not be necessary. On the other hand, I'm worried if I wait until I find out if I failed, the professors will be less sympathetic. Is this a valid concern? Should I start talking to people before final grades are posted? Or really, do I even deserve to get the score dropped in the first place? I mean, in the grand scheme of things, a broken wrist isn't that serious, and I hadn't otherwise been exactly acing the class and I'm not sure if I want to be that kid who's always trying to make excuses for bad grades.
Also, if I do decide to seek a exemption, who should I talk to first? The person who ultimately will make the decision is the course administrator who seems like an ok guy but probably has to deal with a lot of kiddies like me whining about their grades at the end of the semester. Would I be better off first going to either the professor who taught my section of the class or to one of the people in the medical department who offered to help me deal with making up work?