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Do grades in PhD program matter?

I got a B+ in one of my first-year statistics PhD courses last semester (measure-theoretic probability theory) thanks to botching one question on my final. I'm a bit concerned because this is in my area of interest. Now I've heard grades don't matter in PhD programs, but at the same time, I feel like I should have an A in this class if I'm doing research in the field (and if I have to teach this type of class if I become a professor). I'm thinking about retaking this class in my fourth or fifth year when I'm done with all my other courses. Or should I not bother? If it helps, I may get an A in the 2nd semester of the course sequence and have A or A- (I know A- isn't that great in grad school) grades in everything else. I just want to avoid getting grilled by professors in my department about grades, lol.
posted by molamola on Mar 10, 2014 - 25 answers

I bit off more than I can chew. How do I deal with a potential F?

I've been overwhelmed with personal issues and professional involvement this semester, and I completely dropped the ball in one of my classes. The term project is due in a few days, and I think I might be unable to complete it, which would mean failing. I am a good student. This has never happened to me before. How do I address this situation? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by rensar on Nov 30, 2013 - 20 answers

Band-Aids for Gushing Wound of Irresponsibility

I'm screwing up and need mind hacks to get through the rest of the semester and finals. [more inside]
posted by rue72 on Nov 13, 2013 - 11 answers

Stuck with a semester bill and a hold on my loan and financial aid

I have a situation where there was a class this Spring semester that I attended and participated in, in which I received a WN grade in. Due to this WN grade, I am unable to receive financial aid, register for Fall classes, and the loans that I received from my PELL grant are in limbo. [more inside]
posted by antgly on Aug 8, 2013 - 20 answers

So so grades and future employment prospects

I'm about to finish a master's program and my grades are less than stellar. How big of an effect might this have on my employment prospects going forward, and what are some strategies to deal with this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 25, 2013 - 6 answers

I can say with 99% confidence that this class is killing me

I'm struggling hard in my statistics class right now. Some of it comes from not grasping the concepts, but a bigger part is the ridiculous level of anxiety I've developed about my grades, and catastrophizing about what a low grade means. Help me attack both aspects of the problem. [more inside]
posted by ActionPopulated on Mar 28, 2013 - 22 answers

I have a few challenges applying to grad school.

I need to explain to a graduate school admissions committee why my undergrad grades suck and convince them I am a viable candidate as well even though I don't own the required psychology degree. And ff course, the one program requiring the degree is the one in which I am most interested. [more inside]
posted by Che boludo! on Mar 25, 2013 - 11 answers

Oh god oh god oh god

Please calm me down. I am having a major freakout over grad school admissions. Master's level, applied math/stats. [more inside]
posted by downing street memo on Dec 11, 2012 - 8 answers

How much emphasis to place on the C+?

How much focus, if any, on my "blemished" academic record, and my change of field, should I place in my personal statements for graduate school? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 7, 2012 - 12 answers

Don't get me wrong, syllabus week sucks.

The semester has just started, and I'm feeling extremely overwhelmed. Some advice would be appreciated. [more inside]
posted by lobbyist on Aug 28, 2012 - 19 answers

Sinking while trying to complete undergrad

Hi all. I've seen questions touching on similar points but none that really pinned down the more important particulars of my own situation, so here goes nothing. I'm a twenty two year old student now in what will be my sixth year of undergrad. I got to this point because, after my first two years went rather swimmingly, I suddenly fell pray to a mystery syndrome, complete with crushing, unrelenting mental fogginess, high anxiety and severe depression. My life has become an obsession with trying to find a cure for whatever this is, (medication for depression, therapy, supplements, sleep studies, hypnosis, meditation, lifestyle changes, etc. Nothing has worked and so I won't bore you with the details here. My problem is really my current standing in school. What was once a shining record with a 3.6 gpa and distinctions is now a narrative of consistent failure and I need to know where to go from here and most importantly, how to do damage control. [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 on Aug 10, 2012 - 36 answers

I feel like college is ruining my life and I'm not sure what to do about it.

I feel like college is ruining my life and I'm not sure what to do about it. [more inside]
posted by jumelle on Mar 10, 2012 - 41 answers

Help a Nervous Neighbor Get Over the Hill

Topographical info for highways near me generally, and specifically how much grade on California Highway 1 from San Luis Obispo to Morro Bay? [more inside]
posted by oneswellfoop on Jan 28, 2012 - 4 answers

How do I dispute my final grade with a professor?

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? [more inside]
posted by cyml on Dec 20, 2011 - 42 answers

How to develop work ethic after your academic confidence has taken a beating

Smart people who did badly in college - how did you regain your footing and develop your work ethic and study skills? [more inside]
posted by sunnychef88 on Nov 20, 2011 - 21 answers

Maybe I just have a weak stomach.

Why can't I read comments on my essays, even in private? [more inside]
posted by hepta on Nov 4, 2011 - 28 answers

I need to get better at this.

I'm really stressed about college right now. My grades are lower than ever (though not terribly low); I'm afraid I just can't do my major or that I'll disappoint my parents or just suck at school. What should my next steps be? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 13, 2011 - 14 answers

What is considered a "good" GPA for grad school?

What is considered a "good" GPA for admission into graduate school? Extended beanplating and academic fretting inside. [more inside]
posted by dialetheia on Sep 2, 2011 - 13 answers

Why am I never proud of myself?

I am a generally happy person, however I am never happy/proud about my grades or accomplishments. I frequently beat myself up over them. Why? What can I do to change? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 24, 2011 - 8 answers

Does one need good grades to enter the Coast Guard?

How much does GPA affect entrance into the Coast Guard? [more inside]
posted by debbie_ann on Apr 17, 2011 - 2 answers

Are the academic standards for retaining a student visa different from those for staying in school?

Are the academic standards for retaining a student visa different from those for staying in school? [more inside]
posted by madcaptenor on Dec 19, 2010 - 21 answers

To what extent do Law School grades matter after 1L?

Law School Grades: do they still matter? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 7, 2010 - 14 answers

If you hadn't sent me after that snipe, I would've had plenty of time to put better slides together.

Should I tell my professor that I'm pretty sure he gave me an incorrect reference, which cost me a good deal of preparation time on an assignment, or is this the kind of thing I'm expected to be able to deal with easily? [more inside]
posted by yomimono on Nov 15, 2010 - 20 answers

How do I convey university grades when applying internationally?

I'm a physics graduate trying to sell myself to potential employers in a variety of industries. One of the points I'm trying to emphasize when applying is that I did comparatively well at university. However, I'm unsure how to best convey that fact to international employers. [more inside]
posted by themel on Nov 3, 2010 - 10 answers

Help out a nervous college student!

I'm stressing over grades! What can I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 11, 2010 - 10 answers

Academic Self-Talk

How Can I Care Less About My Grades? [more inside]
posted by AndGee on Sep 22, 2010 - 12 answers

How to list GPA on applications

I am filling out graduate school applications and I was wondering if anyone knew the proper etiquette on how to list a GPA for a student that has attended multiple institutions. [more inside]
posted by Carnifex on Aug 20, 2010 - 6 answers

Canadian "firsts" in university

UK university terminology in 1940s Canadian university - what would a "first" have been? [more inside]
posted by TAP on Jun 20, 2010 - 5 answers

Have I ruined my chance?

I am an undergrad double majoring in Ancient History and Classics at a well known Classics department. I am about to start my senior year in the fall and I would like to enter into either an Ancient History or Classical Archaeology program following my senior year, but I believe I may have ruined my chances with some poor marks. [more inside]
posted by Carnifex on May 17, 2010 - 3 answers

What's Next?

A few days ago, first-semester 1L grades were released at my top-25 law school, where I'm paying sticker. My jaw dropped when I found out that I'm well below median. What now? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 22, 2010 - 76 answers

Embarrassed about my GPA

Recommender (former professor) wants to see my grades for graduate school. My last year and a half was stellar, but before that I have a smattering of Cs (five). Should I say anything? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 4, 2009 - 13 answers

Study method for the one who feels hopeless?

I'm uncomfortably depressed to the point of feeling completely hopeless...but I need to pass my classes. Can anyone recommend a good study/homework method that worked for you in hard times? [more inside]
posted by Taft on Nov 18, 2009 - 16 answers

My Glasses Are Not Held Together With Tape, Honest.

I've just returned to college as a mature student and I'm doing really, really well (marks in the low to high 90s, for the most part). I'm proud of myself but I have no idea how to interact with my classmates who aren't doing as well without sounding like a complete jerk. I don't have experience with this! I could use some advice or etiquette. There have been some... incidents. [more inside]
posted by VioletU on Oct 28, 2009 - 55 answers

How could a combination of inconsistent grades and early graduation affect university admissions, and, consequently, my future? (long post)

I could have exceptional grades, but instead I've spent all of my time on academic pursuits that have, if anything, had a negative affect on my grades. How could all of this impact my future? I can't help but think that I've already screwed it all up. [more inside]
posted by csjc on Aug 6, 2009 - 28 answers

He's the Next Tiger Woods.

How are American parenting practices unique? [more inside]
posted by Fairchild on Jun 18, 2009 - 30 answers

Inflated grades or inflated hype?

Is grade inflation really that serious a problem at colleges and universities? Looking to cut through the rhetoric associated with this issue. [more inside]
posted by hiteleven on May 11, 2009 - 43 answers

How do I find a job with my college resume?

I'm about to graduate with a BS in electrical engineering. I never had an internship, co-op, etc., and I have a kinda crappy GPA. Where do I begin my job search? [more inside]
posted by Team of Scientists on Dec 14, 2008 - 7 answers

How can I ask why I'm getting such good grades?

How can I ask my professors if the grades that they're giving me are inflated or not? [more inside]
posted by youcancallmeal on Nov 5, 2008 - 20 answers

How to deal with the heartbreak over a bad grade?

How to deal with the heartbreak over a bad grade? [more inside]
posted by shamble on Sep 25, 2008 - 24 answers

ayes and seas or all bees?

Here's a question: What would you rather see on a grade report: a collection of A/A-s and the occasional C, or consistent B/B+s? If there were two students, and their GPAs were the same, and you were the director of admissions of some academic program, who would you pick? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 18, 2008 - 17 answers

To purposely make myself below-average to avoid being average?

What looks, uh, the least bad on a transcript - a C or a D w/ an A or B as a repeat grade? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 4, 2008 - 12 answers

Should I grade grub now or later or ever?

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)? [more inside]
posted by martinX's bellbottoms on May 20, 2008 - 26 answers

Failed School, Succeeded Life

Who in history (or in your life) has flunked/failed in school or university, but has gone on to great success? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Nov 15, 2007 - 46 answers

Long time listener, first time caller

I'm failing Trig. What would be a good makeup assignment to suggest to my teacher? Do college teachers even do that kind of thing? [more inside]
posted by malapropist on Nov 14, 2007 - 21 answers

Help me with my professor problem

How do I make sure my professor doesn't hate me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 24, 2007 - 31 answers

Chasing grades

Chasing grades is no longer working for me. I feel terrible when I get less than perfect grade, even if I have put in a great effort, even if I get the next best grade. [more inside]
posted by b33j on May 24, 2007 - 16 answers

Rock Bottom

How can I feel better about grades when they're said and done? This semester was a rough one, with relationships, too many credits, and lots of other responsibilities. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 21, 2007 - 29 answers

Bad GPA = No future?

I'm a sophomore physics major at a fairly prestigious university (USN&WR Top 25) known for its technical and scientific offerings. My parents currently pay for tuition and dorm housing, with no financial aid. However, my grades have been lower than they expected, and they are now refusing to pay for me to return next year. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 18, 2007 - 38 answers

How do you deal with a company's request for a transcript if your grades aren't that great?

How do you deal with a company's request for a transcript if your grades aren't that great? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 6, 2007 - 13 answers

How to block access to my online college account, even for me?

Ok, so my college grades weren't the best. Is there any way to disable access to my online grades? [more inside]
posted by Betty_effn_White on Jan 4, 2007 - 21 answers

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