What is your target grade?

Students tell me that grades matter.  And, yes, I believe that grades matter to students much more than learning matters to most.  What matters in grade?  A lot.  Transferring to a four-year university, finding a scholarship, and applying for a job are all things that can be impacted by course grades on a transcript.  This is not without challenges.  When a college admissions committee, a scholarship activity, and an employer reviews transcripts, they are looking for what a student can do, not what a student has done.  In other words, if you earn an A in your Composition course, your perspective employer will be expecting an A writer in his new hire.  This is how my courses work, and it is important to know how you can become an A, B, or C writer this semester.  Here are the nuts and bolts to help you navigate your way to the goal, whatever your target may be.

A=90-100% –  The student has, in an exemplary way, met the objectives established for the course.  An A student:

  • attends class regularly and on time.
  • explores and uses all course resources, even those not specifically assigned.
  • reads lessons/objectives regularly.
  • completes all required coursework.
  • listens attentively in class while actively taking notes even when not directed to do so.
  • reads all required materials at least three times, reads actively, and annotates reading for understanding.
  • often reads beyond the course required materials.
  • applies concepts or reading, resources, and in-class activities to course writing.
  • regularly uses the writing center.
  • works effectively and proactively in writing groups.
  • always participates in class discussion.
  • visits instructor during office hours for additional assistance in reading and writing.
  • takes advantage of extended opportunities to learn by completing optional assignments.
  • follows course policies, submitting assignments in the correct format and on time, every time.
  • always works to avoid any type of academic dishonesty.
  • Willing to commit between 9-15 hours, outside of class per week, for this course.

B=80-89% – The student has, in a superior way, met the objectives established for the course.  A B student:

  • attends class regularly and on time.
  • explores and mostly uses course resources.
  • completes the required coursework.
  • listens attentively in class while actively taking notes.
  • reads all required materials, often more than once, and minimally annotates reading.
  • applies concepts of reading, resources, and in-class activities to course writing.
  • occasionally uses the writing center.
  • often participates in class discussion.
  • may visit instructor during office hours for additional assistance in reading and writing.
  • occasionally takes advantage of extended opportunities to learn by completing optional   assignments.
  • follows course policies, submitting assignments in the correct format and on time, most of the time.
  • always works to avoid any type of academic dishonesty.

C=70-79% –  The student has adequately met the objective established for the course.

  • mostly attends class and is mostly on time.
  • attempts to use most course resources.
  • completes most of the required coursework.
  • listens attentively in class while taking notes.
  • reads most required materials.
  • attempts to apply concepts of reading, resources, and in-class activities to course writing.
  • uses the writing center once or twice over the course of the semester.
  • occasionally participates in class discussion.
  • may not always follow course policies.
  • mostly works to avoid any type of academic dishonesty.

D=60-69% – The student has minimally met the objectives established for the course.  A D student:

  • attends most classes and is mostly on time.
  • uses a few course resources.
  • completes some coursework.
  • sometimes listens actively in class.
  • reads few course materials.
  • does not often attempt to apply concepts of reading, resources, and in-class activities to course writing.
  • sometimes works to avoid any type of academic dishonesty.

F=0-59% – The student has failed to meet the objectives established for the course.  An F student:

  • participates very little, or not at all, in the course.
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