Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Communicating With Your Professors, Part Two: Grade Weighting/Criteria

By Travis Willmore

Sometimes you’re clear on all the elements needed for a paper, but aren’t sure which are most important. Will the professor focus mainly on content, or will style issues have equal weight in your final grade? How important is a polished proofreading job?

Why not ask? Your instructor’s response to questions about grading, in addition to the issues in our last post, will make it that much easier to get started on your paper. You’ll be confident knowing that you’re headed in the right direction.

So take advantage of your professors’ office hours. They want to be there. They’re paid to be there. It gives them a nice change of pace from grading papers and reading email to talk to a live person. If you need further explanation of any of your assignments, that live person might as well be you.

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