Some students wheedle for a better grade, as if it were a freebie T-shirt

Are you familiar with these kinds of statements?

Professor Wiesenfeld? I took your Physics 2121 class? I flunked it? I wonder if there’s anything I can do to improve my grade?

I got a D in your class. Is there any way you can change it to ‘Incomplete’?I’m shy about coming in to talk to you, but I’m not shy about asking for a better grade. Anyway, it’s worth a try.

If my grade isn’t raised to a D, I’ll lose my scholarship.

If you don’t give me a C, I’ll flunk out.

If I don’t pass, my life is over.

They are likely to come out from students –at least Dr. Wiesenfeld’s— in the end of the semester. Check out what he thinks about it. 😉 Continue reading