Now, my email inbox is slowly filling with "i got good marx on first assingment please can i see you talk about it"
1. At least demonstrate the intelligence necessary to spell my name right. TWO Ls!
2. Email is not text-messaging. Type slowly and carefully, please.
3. The marking guidelines were made available to you (in general form) long before the assignment was due - whine about the categories and expectations to someone else, please. You didn't get an "outstanding" mark because your essay was not "outstanding" (at least, not in the positive sense of the term).
4. I'll be here Thursday, Friday, and all next week, including Monday. Pick a time, and I will briefly entertain your whinging voice in person.
Not that any of my students read this.
Given that none of my students will ever read this, and I'm going to miss a bus so I might as well hang out here for another 20 minutes anyway, I'm going to do something vaguely unethical. I'm going to post actual snippets of some of these emails (names removed, of course). All are presented as they arrived to me, except elipses - those are mine.
The comments seemed picky. For example, why I chose the word emanate or what do I mean by the words "unique" or "stable". In the results section all comments were specific to the fact that I did not identify a reference number despite the fact that I do say who made the comment.You were supposed to reference your interviews (those comments) properly, as numerical citations. This was made clear in the assignment.
...and I am a fourth year student hoping to get into medical school. I am writing to you because I am very disappointed with the mark that I received on my assignment... I am not a 70's student and I dont believe that my paper deserved a 70's mark.Do I look like I care that you're trying to be a doctor? Should I give you special treatment for your medical aspirations? What kind of backwards logic is that - doctors are 'special people' and need a little boost to help them get over their terrible mental illnesses? (Langmann, feel free to comment specifically about this one.) Feel what you like - your paper deserved everything I gave it.
...I think some of your criticisms are redundant. An example is "chemical molecule what other types of molecules are there?" why can't I put the word chemical thereUrgh. This was a particular 'favourite' of mine. My irony detector is not very good - but it's twitching here. My criticisms of your redundancy seem redundant? You can't put "chemical" there precisely for the reason I stated (that you quoted so poorly): "chemical molecules" is a stupid thing to say. So is "mental perception" - you discover another form of perception, you win a prize (from some nice people in Sweden).
I got a very high mark on the first assignment and so I assumed if I wrote the second asignment in the same manner, I would be okay.You assumed wrong. The two assignments didn't seem rather different to you?