Originally Posted by piad
I know that there is room for improvement. However based on how this instructor grades I have an idea as to what to expect. She grades for grammer grammar, not for content. Those were her exact words in the syllabus.
For many reasons that I do not want to get into, I am taking this class over. I did excellent excellently? very well? extremely well? "excellent" is an adjective, not an adverb the first time so I am not questioning my ability to write an essay. If she were going to give feedback that would make my paper standout stand outI would welcome it. Instead none of that was given on my paper or those of my classmates with home whomI am familiar. I was prepared for this type of professor when I chose to take classes at a community college until I became a resident of the state to which we moved in August and could trashfer transferto the university without have havingto pay a substanial amount in out of state fees.
Yes, I have a been there done that attitude, because I have been there and done that. I have excellent relationships with my other professor and instructors and I value their opinions, even when my work is sharply criticized.
I work hard and they realize it. I probably work too hard. I push myself harder than ever becuase becauseI know my capabilites and my limits.
I am sorry that those of you who are educators have students who want good grades, but do not work hard to obtain them. Rest assured that I am not one of those students. I work 37.5 hours a week at my job then I come home and devote aother 25 to my studies. More or less depending on the week. Not all students are the same.
I corrected a bunch of mistakes in your writing here not because message board postings are generally held to the same standards as are school papers, but because there were SO many of them, in a post where you specifically say that you do not question your writing abilities. Since you know your instructor grades more on structure than on content, even if you don't agree with that priority, don't you think that part of your job as a student in the class is to follow her instructions, so that if you want to get a certain grade, you make sure that the things graded most are done very well? You may do this; I don't know. But the number of errors here suggests you may not.
Further, working hard, and working long hours, is not necessarily the same thing as working WELL. I've had lots of students tell me that they study tremendously long hours, and very hard, and I have no doubt that that's true. But when I go over with them WHAT they do to study, it's very clear why they're not doing as well as they'd like. And when they start to follow some of the suggestions I give them about note-taking, using study guides, etc, they generally do much better, and in much less time. (These suggestions, by the way, are pretty much always the same ones that are on my class website, which I go over on the very first day of class.....)
Frankly, I find the sense of entitlement that comes through all of your posts really off-putting, and I'm guessing that if comes through to your instructor as well. Perhaps the ones you have better relationships with are the ones you don't obviously disrespect, or from whom you actually feel you might learn something, those whom you feel have "earned" your best work. I don't know. I do know, though, that it's hard to feel a lot of sympathy for someone who complains about her grade, and her teacher's feedback, while she consistently says that she doesn't turn in her best work, doesn't question her writing ability at all, and clearly doesn't think her instructor has much of value to offer her.