Last night, I started back up on my classes from grad school at the University of Maine after a two week spring break. A couple people had asked where I was going during spring break, or why wasn’t I on some island in the Caribbean, but the funny thing is, work still goes on, even when school doesn’t. It was a nice reprieve not having to go to classes Monday and Tuesday nights, but I was anxiously awaiting my mid-term test score from Business Law I took.
I had felt good about the test, but didn’t think I had done extremely well. I knew I was going to miss a few, but hoped that I had done well enough to not hinder my ability to pass without a problem. Luckily, our professor had noticed a trend in the answers, and had scaled it on two different scales. There were 6 questions that the majority of the class got wrong, so he figured they were either not taught properly, or the question was too tricky. Because of that, anyone who got those wrong, he gave credit to. He then also added 5 points to the tests, because the scores were still a ways off his previous averages.
I, like so many of my other classmates, got those 6 questions wrong. Because of that, I got 12 points from there, and additional 5 on top, for a total of 17. That worked out well, because I had only scored a 77 on the test, which brought me up to my 94. Okay, so it’s not an A+, but it’s enough of a swing to change two letter grades. It put me back in the drivers seat of passing the course, and not worrying too greatly about one specific grade or another. However, it did highlight that I was only average, and my studying should have been vastly increased to improve my score. It was a minor reminder that if I don’t keep focused, I will only be an average student, and not the A student I should be.
It was nice of our professor to give us the weighting, however I think it should be a wake up call for all of us who didn’t succeed individually before the additional points. We’re grad students, expected to do better and know the material. We are there to put in the hard work, some like myself, while we are working full time 40+ hours a week jobs. Time is precious, especially in education, and without allocating it properly, we will only be average. I don’t want to be average. I want to be the best I can possibly be, no matter what I’m working on. Is Business Law my strongest subject? Not at all, but that doesn’t mean I can’t learn everything that I’m being taught.
Question: When have you been able to jump from Average to A+, and was it aided by someone/something else, or did you make the leap by yourself?