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Postby thewheel12 » Tue Oct 02, 2012 9:33 pm

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Re: Negative Grade Bump

Postby gaud » Tue Oct 02, 2012 9:39 pm

Exams are blind-graded

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Re: Negative Grade Bump

Postby rinkrat19 » Tue Oct 02, 2012 9:41 pm

No idea about grade bump (maybe talk to former students who've had your professors?), but why don't you volunteer when you think you know something? You can prepare yourself, make sure you have something coherent to say, and hopefully not say "I don't know." It could make up for botched cold calls. Plus, at least in my classes, volunteers don't get grilled for very long before the professor moves on.

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Re: Negative Grade Bump

Postby rinkrat19 » Tue Oct 02, 2012 9:42 pm

gaud wrote:Exams are blind-graded

Some schools then show the exam grades, with names, to the professor, who can bump up or down a small increment.

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Re: Negative Grade Bump

Postby gaud » Tue Oct 02, 2012 9:43 pm

rinkrat19 wrote:
gaud wrote:Exams are blind-graded

Some schools then show the exam grades, with names, to the professor, who can bump up or down a small increment.


Ah, I see.

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Re: Negative Grade Bump

Postby LeDique » Tue Oct 02, 2012 10:03 pm

rinkrat19 wrote:
gaud wrote:Exams are blind-graded

Some schools then show the exam grades, with names, to the professor, who can bump up or down a small increment.


Even then, 90% of professors are too lazy.

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Re: Negative Grade Bump

Postby MarkRenton » Wed Oct 03, 2012 9:06 am

thewheel12 wrote:We're nearly halfway through the semester and I really haven't participated at all. The few times I have been cold called, I felt like I completely botched it. Example: I was called on for the first time today in one of my classes. I started by answering the question incorrectly and, while the professor tried to tease the answer out of me, I followed up with three "Uh, I don't know."'s.

The professor seemed (understandably) annoyed and I'm pretty sure he implied that I lacked enthusiasm. It was kind of an abstract question and I blanked. Mild social anxiety.

I've taken a lot of the 1L advice on TLS seriously and I feel pretty good about the substantive material, but I'm really concerned I'll take a hit when my exams are matched up with my name. (Note: there is nothing in this particular teacher's syllabus about grading or class participation, however, I have three other professors that explicitly note the participation component and the potential for grade adjustments).

I realize this is highly anecdotal and nearly impossible to answer, but how often and under what circumstances do you think professors will give a negative bump? Whether it be one notch..two notches..a full grade..whatever.


Yes, negative grade bumps can happen to a select few. Of course, try to be on your game for the next time you get col called, as, generally negative grade bumps are for serial offenders. And also, brown nose during office hours. That can help.
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Re: Negative Grade Bump

Postby thewheel12 » Wed Oct 03, 2012 9:49 am

I guess I'm going to have to volunteer to make up for this.

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Re: Negative Grade Bump

Postby rinkrat19 » Wed Oct 03, 2012 10:56 am

thewheel12 wrote:I guess I'm going to have to volunteer to make up for this.

Unless you have REALLY old-school Harvard-trained professors AND they're dicks, it's really not that bad.

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Re: Negative Grade Bump

Postby mr.hands » Thu Oct 04, 2012 7:20 pm

Go see your professor in office hours with a few prepared questions. That will tell him you're interested without putting you on the spot again

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Re: Negative Grade Bump

Postby dietcoke0 » Thu Oct 04, 2012 10:13 pm

thewheel12, any chance you are a KU fan? There's a bar in Lawrence called the wheel, just a guess.

As for your question, it's most likely worse in your mind than it seemed to everyone else. Yeah, a few people crash and burn, but no one remembers it, unless it was your friend sitting next to you, and even then probably only a moment.

Thing about raising your hand, is you might annoy your prof if you do it, depending on his teaching style, and size of classroom.

If really worried about it, just go to his or her office hours, and explain yourself. (S)he will understand if you are just struggling with the material, or whatnot. Almost every exam is blind graded, so no bias, and if they were going to match you up, you would have to be almost extraordinary bad. Like rude or obnoxious.




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