Confronting Your Professor
Confronting Your Professor, not happy with your grade? Want to confront your professor? you better have a game plan, We all have that one professor who is a hard marker and show’s no mercy to students, your grades are important that is why you are attending school to get educated and get that magic piece of paper called a ” Degree” after 4 years of schooling,
Most professors do not take kindly to being pestered about their grading system, Edmonton Gazette surveyed 22 professors at the University of California, Irvine, the study Grade Inflation under the Threat of Students’ Nuisance.
According to Edmonton Gazette, 72.7 percent of survey respondents agree with the statement: ‘Students’ complaints about grades are annoying.’
What does this mean to you? Do you really want to confront your professor? Well, if you plan on confronting a professor about a grade, it means you better be very careful how you approach the situation:
Here are some tips for confronting your professor about your grades
Take a Minute
It may be best if you wait a day before confronting your professor about a grade. Many professors have this policy in place anyway. This policy gives you time to calm down instead of storming into a professor’s office in an infuriated state. It also gives you time to really think about whether or not you really deserved the grade you were given. Is it the professor’s fault or your own? Did you meet all the requirements she was looking for? It’s often easier to blame somebody else than to take the fall yourself.
If you still feel that the grade is unfair after a day, remain calm while you’re talking to your professor. Becoming angry may make your professor refuse to hear any of your points because you can’t control your temper. It also makes you look like an unprofessional, and possibly psychotic.
Manners count when trying to get what you want. However, it’s easy to forget your manners if you’re feeling hurt. Try to watch your tone of voice as well as your body gestures. These subtle (and not so subtle) gestures speak volumes.
Try not to compare your professor to other people. For instance, don’t say, ‘My sister, a grad student at Stanford, thought my paper was good.’ This essentially translates to ‘My sister is at a better school than you, so she knows more than you.’ Instead of this behavior, try asking politely why you were given that grade and then ask how you can improve. Many professors love to hear that students want to improve. It makes them feel like they’re doing a good job.
Try to confront your professor in a diplomatic way, so you can get the results you want. Remember your professor is a person too, so he or she will want to be treated with respect.