What's the deal with downward trends?

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clay7676
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What's the deal with downward trends?

Postby clay7676 » Fri Sep 20, 2013 8:04 pm

What's going on here? Can someone help explain this concept to me? My classes have gotten significantly more difficult from my freshman year to my now second semester junior year. I'm expecting a couple of B's, and I don't see how that is something that requires an addendum. Isn't a curriculum supposed to be somewhat more challenging as time progresses? And thus, shouldn't some B's be expected? Confused, concerned, help!

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Re: What's the deal with downward trends?

Postby butt-head » Fri Sep 20, 2013 8:11 pm

lol
don't write an addendum unless you have a legitimate excuse. "my curriculum became more challenging" is not a legitimate excuse.

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Re: What's the deal with downward trends?

Postby clay7676 » Fri Sep 20, 2013 9:09 pm

I understand that. My question is why should one be needed in the first place? I don't see it as an excuse, rather something that is natural, thus there not being a problem. Or is it just commonplace that freshmen get bad grades and need to do better or else they have some explaining to do

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Re: What's the deal with downward trends?

Postby jptw88 » Fri Sep 20, 2013 9:41 pm

Continue to do the best you can. Yes, an upward trend is more preferable but your LSAT score will ultimately determine where you'll be admitted for law school. The LSAT can save and applicant with Bs and break and applicant with four years of A's.

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Re: What's the deal with downward trends?

Postby midwest17 » Fri Sep 20, 2013 10:21 pm

clay7676 wrote:Isn't a curriculum supposed to be somewhat more challenging as time progresses? And thus, shouldn't some B's be expected?


You're also supposed to be learning more and getting better.

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Re: What's the deal with downward trends?

Postby heythatslife » Sat Sep 21, 2013 7:31 am

Also, smaller upper-level classes are often graded not on a curve but as per the professor's discretion, so in these cases the grades tend to be more generous.

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Re: What's the deal with downward trends?

Postby bp shinners » Mon Sep 23, 2013 12:50 pm

midwest17 wrote:
clay7676 wrote:Isn't a curriculum supposed to be somewhat more challenging as time progresses? And thus, shouldn't some B's be expected?


You're also supposed to be learning more and getting better.


This.

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Re: What's the deal with downward trends?

Postby john1990 » Tue Sep 24, 2013 11:39 pm

clay7676 wrote:What's going on here? Can someone help explain this concept to me? My classes have gotten significantly more difficult from my freshman year to my now second semester junior year. I'm expecting a couple of B's, and I don't see how that is something that requires an addendum. Isn't a curriculum supposed to be somewhat more challenging as time progresses? And thus, shouldn't some B's be expected? Confused, concerned, help!

Thanks.


Grades get more competitive and usually a smaller portion of the class receives A's in upper level classes

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Re: What's the deal with downward trends?

Postby rebexness » Wed Sep 25, 2013 4:05 pm

clay7676 wrote:What's going on here? Can someone help explain this concept to me? My classes have gotten significantly more difficult from my freshman year to my now second semester junior year. I'm expecting a couple of B's, and I don't see how that is something that requires an addendum. Isn't a curriculum supposed to be somewhat more challenging as time progresses? And thus, shouldn't some B's be expected? Confused, concerned, help!

Thanks.


You definitely don't want to draw attention to any downward trend unless for something like a legit medical excuse/other extremely extenuating circumstances.




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