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In general, I think I would advise asking for the things that you want. “You never know,” I can imagine myself saying, “someone just might give you the very thing you want.” Want a discount at Target on a slightly torn fabric binder? Just ask customer service what they can do for you! Want to know how much those clearance Sally Hansen nail strips at Walgreens cost? Just ask an associate.
But these “I’m disappointed in my final grade; is there anything I can do to improve it?” emails are really, really getting me down.
Hey college students, here’s what you can do to improve your grades: Care about your grade in the beginning of the semester as much as you do once the semester is over. Some of you even kicked into high gear during the last two weeks of classes, which I did notice, and which probably did influence your higher-than-you-probably-deserved participation grade. But Geevesus, these emails are A Drag.
they make me tense and disgruntled
I came to this coffee shop to blahg all up on mah coupons, not to respond “noooooo” to a thousand carefully worded email requests for grade changes.
Without further ado, I merge my passion with my profession, betraying the confidence of multiple vulnerable students in an attempt to inspire some sympathy from anonymous readers:
1. However, I am emailing you to say I was really disappointed when I saw my grade after this semester. The past few months, I studied very diligently and have learned so much in your class. However, I feel that my grade does not reflect this.
2. I was hoping I would do better on my final paper. Having pneumonia in the middle of the semester kept me from putting my full effort into your class. Could you look over my course work to see if there is anything I can do or a way to improve my final grade?
3. I am not being rude or anything. I just wanted to know about what made my grade so low. Could you let me know about my grade on the final paper? And is there any way to bring up that grade?
4. I’m very sorry for sending this kind of email, but I am so frustrated right now because I really was expecting an A in this class so I worked so hard on the last two papers. I hope you can reply back to me asap. Thank you. I hope you have a wonderful summer.
Wishing me a good summer was actually the second major theme of the emails. And I really liked all the students who emailed me; it’s not as though I was hearing from the most delinquent students, not by a long shot. So now I’m in conversation with almost all of them, going back and forth about grade calculations and numbers and letter-grade conversions. And every minute of it is taking away from my attempt to catch up on the coupon blogs.