If your professor, who has the reputation of being a hard-ass and who has already exhibited to you that she is a hard-ass, offers you extra credit on the midterm that could give you as much as a third of a letter grade bump to your final grade in the course, probably it would behoove you to at least attempt doing a question for extra credit. At minimum you'd have gotten a point, just for trying. Maybe you'd have gotten 2, if you said something marginally interesting.
It is astonishing to me that but one - one! - student did the extra credit. Hell, one student in the group only did two of the three questions that were *required*. (It was an essay exam, they were given 4 questions, had to write on 3, and they could choose to write on the fourth for extra credit. They got to *choose* which question would be the EC question. And did I mention it was a take-home? That they'd had for a week and a half? This was totally not an issue where they couldn't have managed some bullshit response for the fourth question. Again, had they just *tried* it they'd have gotten a point. And I told them that I'd be generous with that ahead of time.)
Need I note that the only person who did the EC option was BES? And that she's already gotten an A on her presentation and is averaging a low A on her short response essays? In other words, she totally was the only one in the class who could *afford* to ignore it?
You know, you try to be nice to people, and they don't even take you up on it. Lame.
9 years ago