zworykin wrote:mirodh wrote:My two best examples are a seminar which had work throughout semester and a class which was a bs class where the prof simply bunched everyone on the curve. The first situation I talked to prof after turning if final assignment but before grades were posted, second situation I talked to prof at the beginning of the year. Both profs made it clear it was good I talked to them and that people in the past with similar situations had "ended up doing well," etc. Please don't quote this response.
So, what you're saying is that in neither case do you have any idea whether or not your begging actually made a difference. You could have actually earned whatever grade you received.
Yup, exactly. I really don't think profs saying that means remotely what you think it means. Profs regularly tell students it was good they came to talk to them - it doesn't promise an outcome. People in similar situations "doing well" probably means...people in your situation did well (though I'm also not clear what the "situation" is to begin with. Needing a certain grade to maintain a scholly? All they would mean is that people who'd needed a certain grade usually managed to get it - it doesn't remotely suggest it's because the prof did anything to help them out). You really think that talking to a prof at the beginning of the year means s/he went back at the end of the semester after the blind grading to change something?