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Is it more ethical to hire a tutor to prepare or to cheat on a test? [closed]

This question was inspired by this fascinating discussion about cheating. If grades, degrees, test scores are important for getting a job/internship/assistantship, even more so than the actual ...
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Understanding an abnormal grade distribution

I have three years of experience teaching as part of a team (many teachers, some with more experience, agreeing on a syllabus and preparing the tests together), but this year is the first time I am ...
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How to Stop Making Stupid Mistakes [closed]

This has been a plague upon my performance for what seems like all my life (or all my graded life). No, it's not an 100, it's a 98 because of calling bromine a gas carelessly. No, it's not a 6/6, ...
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Do A+ grades (as an undergrad) matter at all for graduate school?

If I get A+ grades then it will raise my GPA in my undergrad institution, as well as for Columbia which is where I want to go to graduate school for statistics. Should I try hard to get A+ grades or ...
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How to deal with procrastination and delays in final assignment of undergraduate class?

This semester I taught an optional course for undergraduate students. While I find it normal that fewer students attend optional classes, presence in class itself was low even for the enrolled ...
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Unsatisfactory grades for unsatisfactory reasons [duplicate]

I am currently doing Algebra in a college in India. The professor asks students to note down solved examples in class, and then poses the very same questions in the tests. I don't go to class for ...
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Why is 3.0 GPA used as cut-off for job offers, etc.?

My GPA is 2.97 and I am a junior in University. My resume is pretty strong, having around 2 years experience in the industry as a software engineer. I also include work samples with my resume, ...
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Convert UK Bachelor Degree Grades to German Grade Scale [duplicate]

I have a Bachelor of Business Administration in Information Systems (3rd Class Honors) form a UK University. My Transcript states as follows. Course Name Marks Cats BUS 40 12 ...
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Trying to enter graduate program with bad grades [duplicate]

I got bad grades on my B.A. (Cognitive sciences), but now I want to pursue graduate studies. Not all my grades were bad, but I am clearly under the average of other students enrolled at the same ...
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Old transcripts for Grad application

I thought of applying for master's in US universities in 2011 for fall 2012. So, I had taken official transcripts from my college. But, I didn't apply then. I'm thinking of applying this year for ...
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A+ in transcript and GPA

In the past (historically), A+ was a bonus in transcript and had an effect on the cumulative GPA too, but it is no common these days (at least I do not see around). If some universities/colleges use ...
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Exactly How Important Is The Quality Of My Degree (Grades, GPA)?

I don't want to bore anyone so long story, very, very short: This is for the Computer Science / Software Engineering industry. I am combating laziness and extreme procrastination due to depression. ...
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How strict are listed minimum requirements for admission to a graduate degree program?

I'm a rising senior at a Chinese university. I'm really interested in pursuing a master degree (as a stepping-stone to a PhD) in the US. I do not know what "Minimum Requirements" for admission really ...
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Suggestions for an alternative grading system

I'm designing a leadership development program for a graduate college at a research university. As part of the project, I've designed a summary sheet which each participant will receive. The summary ...
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How important are the grades compared to the cover letter when applying for a Ph.D?

Some months ago I finished my MSc. I immediately started to send several applications for Ph.D vacancies. So far I've spent a lot of time in doing this, but there is only one place that did not reject ...
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Grading system: Why A-F and not E?

Why do we use F for failing on an otherwise arbitrary alphabetic grading scale? Isn't E just as meaningful for failing as A is for excellent? I'm more interested in a response on the history of how ...
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How to convert from one grading scheme to another

I'm trying to figure out the equivalence between grade schemes in different countries. According to some Google results: If you are a U.S. citizen, you need a GPA of 3.2+ (it varies, some say 3.2 ...
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Issue on conditional PhD admission

I am an international student who has recently been officially admitted to a prestigious school in USA as a PhD candidate. I have sent them my transcript except my last year, which I was passing my ...
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CS PhD application with low GPA but extensive research experience

I have recently graduated from a non EEA university—though arguably one of the better/best schools in its field in my country—with a CGPA of 2.90, majoring in Computer science. I used to study ...
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Graduate early with average GPA, or later with better GPA?

I've seen similar questions here, and I wish there was a narrower tag than the broad soft-question and career-development. I am currently a freshman/sophomore-to-be at a top ten math program in US. ...
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Grade assignment methods to make learning efficient

The way a grade is assigned in a course influences the way students study which in turn influences their gain from the course. I want to focus on ways to assign grades which aim to eventually ...
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How can I make up for weak grades while applying for a masters?

I feel I've received poor grades in my bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering - Second Class Second Division as per UK grading system. Having finished my bachelors in the UK I wish to enroll into ...
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Time spent marking essays

A stack of psychology exam essays has just landed on my desk for marking. It was a 3 hour exam with 3 essay questions. This is a final year essay so I do not have to provide written feedback. How long ...
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Can students ask for changing grades?

If a student feels that the grade he received is lower than he expected, because he has been working very hard, and truly trying to understand things, but sometimes at the cost of sacrificing details. ...
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How do you avoid favoritism and personal relationships from affecting grading?

Universities do encourage close cooperation between students and faculty. However, how does one prevent close working or personal relationships from affecting grading, so that it can be carried out ...
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Who can see a student's grades?

I have a question. Can all the professors in a department see a particular student's grades? Can the chair of a department see a student's grades?
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Non competitive grading system

I go to school at a University in the US. We use a competitive grading system where teachers give grades based on how you do relative to other students. This type of grading system doesn't encourage ...
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Tools to assist with upper-division grading?

Are there any commercial or free products that assist professors with grading students? I've seen many K-12 solutions, but these are generally without robust curve options. I've seen a lot of ...
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How important are my grades to the rest of my PhD career?

Speaking to the faculty in my program, I've noticed that they seem to evaluate themselves and others using two criterion: (1) publication quality and quantity, and (2) ability to obtain grant money. ...
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Is there a standard for translating grades across Erasmus universities?

I've just finished my Erasmus period in the Netherlands. I'm still waiting for one result from my guest academy, then the Transcript of Record will reach my home university and, somehow, the results ...
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Can game theory explain grade inflation?

According to wikipedia, grade inflation is the tendency of academic grades for work of comparable quality to increase over time. That article also includes plenty of evidence for the phenomenon and ...