By Tired - 20/03/2013 20:26 - United States
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I had a friend with a professor who said he was going to fail her no reason, so it is possible that the professor's just being a jerk. She went to the Dean of Students and they reviewed all of her grades & performance. They had to transfer her to a new class for the remainder of the semester. If that's the case, OP needs to speak up to someone other than the FML audience. There are school officials whose job it is to help you in these types of situations. If you're already failing though, YDI for not putting in more effort before now.
All of my classes require attendance; the professors either take role or have a sign in sheet. If a certain number of classes are missed, your grade drops by a whole letter. If too many classes are missed, the professor has the options of either failing you or dropping you from the class.
Yup 94 it's the same at every university around where I live. Labs/ in class projects and assignments count for a grade separate from the final/mid. If you fail the in class stuff you will not pass the class. The reason people seem to think university is more lenient is somewhat true, the professor honestly doesn't care if you miss, it's your money and you are an adult, and in the end it's you that will fail the class. At my university it's something like miss 12 hours of class you get talked to from the professor, 20 hrs and you talk to the dean, 30+ without good reasoning and you can be removed from the class no arguments.
Not true 59, some classes base a good chunk of your grade on "participation & attendance" & even then, not showing up affects your ability to keep up with your word which then leads to another chunk of your grade being lost. You're just setting yourself up for failure & it's no one's fault but yours.
"No one cares, show up or don't show, it's your game plan." True. But even if lectures aren't mandatory, most lecturers/professors generally have the belief that that if you don't show up to class (and struggle to get good grades as a result), they'll be less willing to help you out during essays/exams because you've shown no interest in their class. So you won't get marked down for non-attendance, but the lecturers/professors also don't care if you end up failing as a result of said attendance.
That generally only happens in social science/arts programs in smaller universities...I study science and my classes have about 350-400 people, the only way to take attendance is by clickers or they just don't bother and you just need to be present for all labs, midterms and finals. There are many students that skip most classes and just learn from the text...although they generally aren't very successful but it is a possible option.
You know that staying up 20 hours studying hurts you more than helps you. YDI for doing that in the first place.
It depends on the person. Some of my friends work a little hard in school everyday and takes in everything and does not need to study whereas I take in only half the stuff, but with exam technique and cramming the night before, I often achieve in the vicinity of 85% as does my friends - even though my method isn't seen as "appropriate" or "sustainable". It's all about finding what works for the person and making the best use of themselves.
Just as others have posted, we are missing a huge chunk of information. We don't know if OP has been failing already and got chewed out for his poorly done projects/homework/tests...etc. Then, he decides to put in effort but the professor can tell that even if we does well on this exam, it won't be enough to pass the class.
Find a way to report it, don't let him fail you!
Wow that's a great vote of confidence! Geez what an asshole