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Course Syllabus changed drastically, leading to drastically different final grades

Apologies if this is not the place for such a question. I've seen elsewhere that other professors reserve the right to change syllabi midsemester. However, it's been brought to my attention that a ...
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Grad application: how much do gen-ed summer classes taken elsewhere weigh?

I have taken several classes as a part-time student in several community colleges as an affordable way to complete my gen-ed requirements. I was a naive freshman back then and I thought that since the ...
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How important is the grade of your Maths PhD thesis if you want to stay in academia?

I would like to ask if there are people out there having made experiences regarding the following quesion: Assume you would like to stay in academia. How important is the final grade of your Maths PhD ...
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Will last semester grades before applying for PhD programs affect my chances? [duplicate]

I'm a student studying Industrial Engineering at a strong public research university in the US well-known for engineering, especially my field. I'll be applying to PhD programs this upcoming fall but ...
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From bad high school grades to becoming a professor in mathematics [closed]

I know it is possible, but are there professors (kept anonymous) who did poorly in high school?
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I received one bad (but still succesfull) grade. It is the first and (I hope) it will be the only one. How should I handle this my possible ac career? [closed]

This question is somehow related to Retaking an exam to improve a low, but passing grade. Why do universities not allow this? I have received the first bad (but still successful) grade in my studies. ...
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Retaking an exam to improve a low, but passing grade. Why do universities not allow this? [duplicate]

Life is tough, deadlines are strict, and failures are costly. But reality usually is not black and white. One can try again and one can improve oneself in real life. It is different with university ...
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Somewhat bad grades and repeated courses in first few semesters, will it affect my chance to write a bachelors thesis? [closed]

I'm currently studying Computer Science in my 4th year and due to some personal reasons during my first few semesters, I wasn't really performing too well and had to retake a few classes. Although my ...
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Department head has requested I lower student grades [duplicate]

I’ve been teaching a 4th year business elective for the past 8-years. Grades for my class generally range from about 57% - 94%, with the average at 86%. This current teaching year, the chair of my ...
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Does cum laude in DEFENSE (not in THESIS) mean no academic career in Germany? [duplicate]

My PhD is in social studies. I received magna cum laude for the thesis and cum laude for the defense. The lower grade in the defense was the result of my nervousness and a personal issue with one of ...
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Undergraduate university gave out too much scholarship money. I now know years after I graduated. What could happen?

Long story short, I was not a responsible young adult and I didn't know how much I had taken out in student loans for my bachelor's until well after it was over. I recently asked my undergraduate alma ...
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Worried about an old grade coming back to potentially halt my Ph.D graduation. How can I address my concern? [closed]

I am currently an ABD doctoral candidate at my current Ph.D program in Experimental Psychology. Long story short, I got a C+ in a core class during my Master's program (Research Methods) back in Fall ...
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phd student not happy with the grade

I am a Ph.D. student, and I took a course with my supervisor last semester. Our class consisted of only three people, and our grades have been released. My grade is 91 out of 100 in the Canadian ...
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Effect of Master's grades on PhD application to top unis in Europe

I am a master's student in stem cell biology at one of the TUs in Germany. It's been one year of my program and my current grade average is 2.2 GPA almost equivalent to 75-80%. The thing is I am ...
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Should I explain my grades in my application to grad school?

First, some general information about me. I am studying in an integrated bachelor's and master's program majoring in biology at a top-20 institute in India. In most aspects, my application (in my ...
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How important are the grades in some of the master courses for the PhD admission (with forward view on France, US, UK)?

I was enrolled in MS (computer science) studies some 7 years ago and I acquired 40 credits with rather low grades (5, 6, 7, 8, medium could be 6.7). This MS program was a bit different from my BS ...
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What is more important, one semester less or a top final grade? [closed]

So I (in Germany) have two options: Option 1: finish my bachelor's in Maths at a renowned university now, with a very good grade (1.x), but not a top grade ("ausgezeichnet") finish my ...
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Am I eligible to do a PhD in the UK with 2.2 undergraduate degree and a 1st graduate degree?

I have completed my undergraduate degree in Computer Science with a grade of 2.2 (Lower second class) and a MSc in Robotics with a distinction (1st class). I have published a paper in an international ...
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How should I speak to a professor about extra credit that dropped my grade?

Out of kindness, my professor gave me and one other student extra credit for volunteering at an event. The issue is that the “extra credit” actually dropped my grade. Instead of giving a 15/15 he gave ...
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What to do when one failed a course in their early years in Bsc which is not part of their major subject

I am a 1st year Bachelor of science student from India, from a well reputed institution, and I want to take physics as my major. I am very passionate about it, and a few of the senior professors ...
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What’s a university’s policy for late paper (lab papers) in case of technical issues? [closed]

I faced an issue where a large amount of my lab papers got deleted near the completion of the semester. Some of those reports where combined and data collected in multiple weeks. Paper lengths were ...
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Your best advice for exam anxiety [closed]

This may be a question that does not belong here, but... What advice would you give someone who is preparing for exams and cares about grades. What advice do should I follow during the exam and after ...
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What to do when a professor does not provide an explanation for grades and does not respond to emails? [duplicate]

I am currently a fourth-year undergraduate at a prestigious university (top 10) and am finding myself in a difficult situation with a professor and do not know how to proceed. For context, I was ...
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Failed classes during study abroad due to paperwork mistake. How much of a problem for graduate admissions?

I am a student in engineering from a not know university. In my third year, I did an exchange in a european university. In two courses I got an A and an A+, but in the other two I got an F. The reason ...
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Is it appropriate to give a student a "negative grade" (fewer than zero points) for a small portion of the overall grade?

I teach a course where attendance is required. The syllabus says "Every unexcused absence will result in a deduction of one point from the attendance grade". The total number of points for ...
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Retaliation after grade dispute (story shortened) [closed]

After submitting my grade dispute request to my department (STEM field), my advisor started to become abusive towards me. Originally I speculated that the department may have let him know the fact ...
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If there was a clerical error in my Master's degree being awarded to me, could it be revoked? [closed]

In grad school, I got a C+ in one required course. The program gave me credit for the class anyway and awarded me my master's degree. I am now concerned that this was a mistake and my degree could be ...
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What recourse do I have if the disability office grants unreasonable accommodations to a student?

I've talked to several colleagues who have expressed frustration at the amount of and kind of accommodations that some students receive. I know the Approved Position is "the disability office ...
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Importance of PhD grade for future career in physics research?

I recently obtained my PhD in physics from one of the Max Planck Institutes in Germany. Unfortunately, I only barely passed with a "rite" grade (the lowest passing grade here in Germany). ...
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Does taking a course pass/fail undergrad look bad for PhD admissions (already accepted into a MS) [duplicate]

I’m a undergrad civil engineering major in my last semester. I’ll be going for my master’s after graduation, and I've already been accepted to said master's program. After my masters there’s a good ...
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Can poor grades in a bachelor's affect working in academia?

I am a first year PhD student working in molecular simulation and GPU research. I have poor grades in my bachelor's (49%). Will this poor grade create a roadblock for me in the future if I want to ...
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Is there any reason to not use a pre-defined absolute grading scale? [duplicate]

I feel like curving the grades is just unfair, not transparent and goes against what learning is about. It also adds extra stress on the students. Having a grading scale of let's say: A:91%- B:81%-90% ...
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Specify average of grades in cv

I studied in Italy and I'm writing a CV for CERN and I would like to specify the average of my grades. How can I do that? I provide you an example. I had an average of 30.5 out of 30 (honour degrees ...
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What should i do if the school made a mistake on my grade? Failed but when i checked i really passed [closed]

I had been informed that my final grade was 74.86 and I did not pass. So I repeated that subject and paid $2000 for that subject. I passed the said repeated subject. Yesterday, I was browsing through ...
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Stuck in a pattern of studying hard for exam but not getting the desired grade

I could be studying 2.5 months for an exam, every single day, doing all the exercises that I can. Doing all the old exams that I can get my hand on. Never falling behind on submissions for the course. ...
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I feel like I didn't deserve to pass an exam [duplicate]

Recently I did my retake exam for Advanced Maths in college. Compared to the ordinary exam, it was easier. My grade was 9/10. I worked very hard for it, non-stop for 5 months, dealing with anxiety and ...
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Two professors won't respond to grade issues -- No credit for work which would have raised my grades to an A. What GPA to write on CV/Resume? [closed]

The past two semesters these professors in some non-rigorous courses back to back have disregarded my communications regarding a grading error they or their TA's have made. One was an attendance/class ...
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How to best navigate a bad grade in senior year?

I’m in my undergraduate senior year and by the looks of it I’ll be getting a failing grade in an elective math course. For reference I want to apply to a theoretical physics Masters degree, but in a ...
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My professor has barely taught my class so I've only passed by a hair. Is there anything I can do? Someone higher up I could contact? [closed]

This quarter, I took my first General Chem course. I'm a pre-med Biology major, and I really enjoyed Chemistry in high school. I also really enjoyed the Chem lab this quarter (separate from the ...
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How important are grades in engineering graduate school

People generally agree that grades don't matter in graduate school because they are reflective of your understanding of other people's work. What matters is the work you did and your research. But ...
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How, if I should at all, to explain a really bad academic year in PhD application?

At the beginning of Covid, more specifically the year 2020-2021, I did a 1-year master's program in math but I have received very bad grades. I was very distracted by the illness of two of my keen ...
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What is the effect of F grades caused by administrative errors on graduate schools? [closed]

Last year, I went to exchange credit with another university. During course registration, I applied for a graduate class in another department by purely clicking mistake. I explained that the school ...
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What's worse, failing or be approved with a bad grade? [closed]

I am in a very bad situation and would like some advise and claryfy a doubt. I had a very troubled semester and I will probably fail most of the classes. It was an exception, but I can't save this ...
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2nd Year Mathematics (Europe), my Uni results are declining. How do I improve higher level mathematics problem solving abilities?

Context: I am a final year BSc. Math student (Europe). I got some decent results in my first year, top of the class in Calculus I and II (with simple proofs), good results on basic Linear Algebra (...
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What are the chances in getting a PhD in a sepcific Professor, when I barely passed his elective? [closed]

This might look similar to other questions, but I considered mine is more specific. I basically messed up, my grades in the whole Masters degree are completely average to higher than average (not my ...
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Instructor promised to remove curve this semester, but didn't and is now unresponsive. What should I do?

I'm currently in a grad program and took a class this semester that was graded on a curve. This semester had assignments completely online, something not done before for this class, so at first it was ...
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Grading on a curve in required doctoral course, failing as a result

After an undergrad degree in mathematics, I am doing a PhD in theoretical computer science. To satisfy my PhD program’s requirements, I'm taking a very challenging coding class this semester. I know ...
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Professor seemingly threatens students with incomplete grade because TA has not turned in their grade?

I am writing this question on behalf of a friend, Alice. Alice is in a US based university working towards earning her Master's of Science in Nursing. This semester, Alice was enrolled in lecture ...
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I attended a top institute in India, but got very poor grades. Is there any path forward toward a PhD in Europe?

I messed up in my university even in courses related to my field of interest. The main problem was lack of discipline: I would alternate between high-intensity periods where I only stopped to sleep ...
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Using anonymized student grades in a publication? [duplicate]

Can I use anonymized student grades for a study that could later be published? The idea would be, for instance, to investigate if a group of students taught by Method A had a different grade ...
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