Alexandros wrote: oopsu812 wrote: Alexandros wrote: oopsu812 wrote:
Alexandros wrote:IT SUCKS DOESN'T IT.
It's pretty unfair, especially since the percentage range of your A isn't any bigger than the percentage range of my A+ and A together. It would be a bit more fair if it was at least easier for you to get an A than it was for me.
At my school, A+s are rarely given out in classes where you write papers. I'd say I can pull As without much effort, but breaking the 90% barrier seems to mean I need to talk to the prof and figure out exactly what they're looking for. I've also had a couple professors say that they just don't give them out period, lol. Meanwhile I have straight A+s in every class I've taken that was maths based. It wouldn't surprise me if profs are less willing to give out 90%+ when there's a distinction between that and 85% - 89%, than when it's all the same. It's not like the % is on your transcript.
A+ as a discretionary thing makes sense to me. I think there's more room for discretionary grades (for it being harder to get A+s / 90+) in arts because it's so subjective, whereas a lot of science is how well you do on a multiple choice exam. (Also I'm not sure my ranting applies in places that aren't N Cali, since the cut-off for A+ in the US is insanely high.) (Also I'm becoming convinced that arts grade deflation is a thing up here. Good luck, comrade.)
Ugh ok must study.
I think arts grade deflation is definitely a thing here. At some point it stops being about writing an organized, well thought out, and well written essay/exam, and starts becoming about figuring out what your professor wants to see, and often pandering to their own opinions. It sucks, but that's what I've learned from my first couple of years. Prof selection is so fucking important in the arts, because if you get stuck with a prof that isn't really helpful or truly available during their office hours, then you're likely not getting that A+. I'm glad now that I have mostly electives left for the PoliSci part of my degree, so I have more control over the profs I take courses with, lol.