My Uni is in Minnesota and classes started a couple weeks ago. I'm taking a class for my undergraduate degree. I knew it was going to be writing intensive from the syllabus. Every week we're going to have at minimum one short writing assignment due. In the syllabus he said we would be graded on:
- Word selection and sentence structure
- Spelling, punctuation, and capitalization
My first two writing assignments were bad, 60% on them. His feedback was:
- I didn't cite my sources
- "Your grade is based on how you compare with your peers"
First of all, I didn't use any sources because they were basic questions that only required critical thinking and my opinions.
Second, is grading my work compared to my peers something that is actually done? It seems bizarre to me, I've never heard of something like this being done before. I have absolutely no control over the other people in my class. It's frustrating that in a class with 20 writing assignments, I'm getting docked points for something outside of my control.
If this wasn't such a writing intensive course I wouldn't be as upset. Is this normal to deduct points because someone subjectively wrote better than me?