Well to start with, I dropped out of college for reasons that have to do with mom's health and hence I was ought to go back my home country. It was just right before my finals, to be more precise right before my first paper. I won't return to back to my college since my family decided to immigrate to Europe.

However I told very few people ( may be two) about my departure and why I left.

Today' I just login into my university account because I was quite curious to see how I would have performed if I hadn't taken any finals.

With regards to my university grading system is 50 for carry mark and 50 for the final and FYI I wouldn't say I that i was the superstar in my class, though I'm somone with very diverse interests in many things, ranging from Arts, philosophy, music, math to my own degree program "physics " and for most part I would perform well enough to be 2nd, 3rd place and so on.

Whatever to my surprise today, I found out that one of my physics professors gave an A grade ( the course was sopposedly to be one toughest courses in the freshman year)

Alas ! Also I hadn't interacted with him that very much in the class nor have I shown up his classes a lot, though I out performed in his last two exams before the final exam but I never understand why he ended up giving me an A grade.

Suddenly I frankly felt bad for not saying Goodby to him before I left. Anyway kindly please anywhat's your thoughts on this and why he would do that.

Thanks for reading.

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    And what's your question? Why professor give you an A? Probably mistake... Or if you are so curious just shoot him an email and ask. Feb 19 '20 at 0:35

Don't feel bad. I'll assume that you had already earned the grade before you left. He may also have gotten some message about why you left and decided you had met the standard.

But it would be good, for many reasons, to send him an email with thanks and a bit of an explanation about your need to leave.

I once had a practice in a few courses that students were excused from the final if they had already earned the necessary points for an A. The extra points from the exam wouldn't have made a difference.

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    How the heck do you structure a course marking structure so that they can earn maximum points before they take the exam? Is it some weird thing where earning 100% isn't actually 100%, but is actually only like 70 or 80% of the total marks available? If it is, that seems like grade inflation to me.
    – nick012000
    Feb 19 '20 at 11:16
  • @nick012000, Suppose a course is structured with 1000 available points. Suppose that there are a variety of ways to earn them. Suppose that the breaks between grades are set and less than 1000 can result in an A. Suppose the final has a relatively small number of points assigned. Voila. But I'll edit to clarify.
    – Buffy
    Feb 19 '20 at 11:33
  • @nick012000 I have seen courses with three exams that do best 2 out of 3 for the final grade. So if you already scored very high in the first 2 exams (and did the homework and whatever else was required) you already earned an A no matter how you do in the final.
    – quarague
    Feb 19 '20 at 12:22
  • @nick012000: How the heck do you structure a course marking structure --- Here's what I often did for final exams (more details here): "... students who had done very well in the class up to that point (mid to high A students, maybe low A students, depending on how the overall grades in the class were -- usually this would be about 3 to 7 students in a class of 30-40 students) (continued) Feb 19 '20 at 20:15
  • got to take a scaled back final exam that consisted only of "recent material" (material covered since the last major test of the semester), about twice the length of a short quiz, and if they did satisfactory on this "recent material exam", they were guaranteed an 'A'." Feb 19 '20 at 20:15

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