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Colonel Panic
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Icon 1 posted November 27, 2007 21:15      Profile for Colonel Panic         Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
And he's 51.

He just told us his age today. He is much younger than he looks.

That makes me the oldest person in the room.

The class is going well. Theory and concept go well, but the bookkeeping kills me. I'm not good at transcribing numbers, which makes proofreading homework, quizzes and tests a long, hard task.

The last exam put my current grade at 89%, which is not good. Then I looked at the grading and saw the teacher had added the test score incorrectly and I had four more points coming on the test.

"You get four more points," he told me.

"Only four?" I asked him. "If I made that mistake on the exam it would have cost me six! You at least owe me that!"

He didn't buy the argument, but I did get the four points back.

I think I should get an extra point for every year I have on him, too!

Colonel Panic

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Luke Skywalker
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Icon 1 posted December 01, 2007 19:27      Profile for Luke Skywalker     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
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Originally posted by Colonel Panic:
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The last exam put my current grade at 89%, which is not good. Then I looked at the grading and saw the teacher had added the test score incorrectly and I had four more points coming on the test.

"You get four more points," he told me.

"Only four?" I asked him. "If I made that mistake on the exam it would have cost me six! You at least owe me that!"

He didn't buy the argument, but I did get the four points back.
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Colonel Panic

I hate when profs do that.

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Icon 1 posted December 02, 2007 07:46      Profile for Doco   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
How about a viewpoint from someone who teaches grad classes, and often has at least one student older than him?

I'm human and I screw up. Simple math errors are not unheard of, especially after grading 30 exams. I try to double check everything and even have my wife or kids double check my math, but it still happens on occasion. In that case I gladly correct the grade.

However, I also tell every class that I expect them to come tell me if I give them too many points so we can give them the correct grade. For some strange reason I have never had anyone do that! [Wink] Wouldn't you think that I have made just as many errors in favor of the student as against the student? [Big Grin] [Wink]

In the end I generally don't worry too much about it, because 1 or 2 points on an exam generally won't change the final grade for the course. I'll give an A for effort for those who try and argue some point, but after a short time of me saying repeatedly - "no, I think you got it wrong" I just mentally label them a whiner and start tuning out their complaints. Give me a well reasoned argument, preferably backed with references from the text or better yet other sources and you'll have a much better chance than by badgering me after class every day.

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stevenback7
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Icon 1 posted December 02, 2007 08:59      Profile for stevenback7   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Usually teachers don't care if they accidently gave you too many points at my school. It is too much work to go into the system and take a mark away which wont in the end affect your mark that much.

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Marking homework and exams was the part I hated the most about TAing. When it's the middle of the night and you're a third of the way through a pile of crap that needs to be handed back the next day and you have an exam to take the next morning, shit just happens. If you're wondering why I didn't budget my time better, well, usually I did. But some weeks were just flat out bad. I had my own classes to pass (I gave up on getting A's halfway through my first semester of grad school) and lab work to do. If either of these exploded in my face, I was in trouble. If both did, I was fscked.

What really startled me was, even though I was a graduate TA, I had a fair number of students who were my age or older. I was 22 at the time and my students were all juniors or seniors. I was/am also one of the youngest members of my class. Thing is, it's not as if I skipped any grades. I finished HS when I was 18 and marched right on into college. Four years later, I marched straight into grad school. No time off, no detours. I thought that was the more common way of doing things. For a couple years, I was also the youngest member of the lab - even our newbies were older. WTF?

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Icon 1 posted December 02, 2007 10:47      Profile for Luke Skywalker     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Being an undergrad TA for a lab, and general grader I can sympathize with you all. Granted its a freshmen class Im doing, but it does suck with grading. My current story, thanksgiving break this year, I had 5 days off (including the weekend). I spent 30 hrs of that grading (thats about 6 hrs a day). Only day I didnt grade was on thanksgiving. And I still didnt get all the stuff I had done.

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