Why You Can’t Resubmit a Document Until You Get the Grade You Wanted College Life / Uncategorized / Writing & Grammar

Hello everyone:

It happens all the time. Students submit a document without paying attention to the instructions or my supplemental announcements and think, somehow, that they can resubmit the document until they get the “A” they wanted.

Nope, it doesn’t happen. Not in this woman’s classes. Let’s take a look at the situation.

You are in a class. You waited until the last minute to do the assignment, which means that you have put yourself under PRESSURE!!! This is a major assignment that can make or break your final grade in the course, but somehow “I work better under pressure.”

No, you don’t. Sorry Charlie, but that is an excuse you give yourself to wait until the 11th hour to do your assignment. At that point in time, you read the directions fast and furiously and then believe that you are going to do your best work. And then you email me and say that my instructions are unclear. No, they aren’t.

Here’s what to do instead: Read the instructions as soon as possible and well in advance of the due date. Read them again. And again, if you need to. Read all of the announcements that the professor has posted about the assignment. Now go back and read the announcements again.

If you have any questions about the assignment, email the professor, but don’t wait until the last minute. Ask for a phone chat, if you still don’t understand. Most of us are willing and ready to talk to you, and are happy to help you get on the right track.

Understand that we want you to succeed and will help you towards your academic goals. What we won’t do is hand you a grade you did not earn.

Best,

Dr. Sheri


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Sheri Dean Parmelee has a Ph.D. in Communication Studies from Regent University. She writes books on practical tips for people who become unexpectedly unmarried and is working on her second novel in a series of contemporary romance/suspense novels. She teaches at three colleges, working with students from freshmen to graduate students. Her hobbies include running 8 miles a day and reading biographies and fiction.

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