traehekat wrote:Are you satisfied with this explanation? Did he elaborate on perhaps what a better answer would have looked like? I imagine it is frustrating to know that you should of perhaps received a higher grade but because of the curve you were bumped down, but do you feel like it was just a matter of luck that you were the one that was bumped down, or do you feel as if you were 'outperformed' so to speak by those who weren't bumped down?
For what its worth, it DOES seem like there is a very fine line between grades, and a number of things (perhaps even out of your control) can affect it. Kind of scary.
Was I satisfied? Yes and no. On the one hand, I understand how law school grading works. We're evaluated on a discrete grading system with a defined and limited number of spots for each grade. It sucks, but if you don't accept that this is the way it is, you won't ever be able to work in this environment. On the other hand, he didn't seem to be able to offer why my
exam was chosen as the one that got knocked down. We went over it together, and I missed some things here or there, but that was already accounted for when he initially considered what my grade should be. Was it random? I don't think so--I'm sure he found some justification for it, but I think it was nonetheless an arbitrary justification.
It's frustrating knowing I should have had the higher grade, but it also corroborated my feelings about how I performed. I came out of the exam feeling confident with my performance, and the grade was a bit of a blow. It's nice to know that I'm working on a higher level, and if I correct a few things about my exam strategy, maybe I'll be able to avoid being in the same spot next time.
Kohinoor wrote: leron wrote:
showNprove wrote:I just reviewed a fall exam with a professor, and he told me that I did solid [Grade X] work -- not that I was on the cusp of [Grade X] and barely missed it, but that my exam was [Grade X] work. However, he gave me [Grade X - 1] because the curve only allowed for so many [Grade X's] and he needed to choose which exam wouldn't get it.
what does this really mean? it means nothing. you defined what a curved test is.
It means that at a T14, you can't assume that the B students were creating shitty work product that would have been bottom of the class at a T2.