Do grades matter?

@annierose (18023)
Philippines
November 15, 2008 12:49am CST
Are you grade conscious in your studies or when you were studying? When I was in my primary level of studying up to the secondary level, I am always conscious with my grades because I believe those times that your grade just reflect on what are you doing in school. However, when I reach college, I noticed that some of my professors just guessing the grades they will give to their students. I noticed that because he still give high grades to my classmate even though that classmate of ours is not paying much attention on his class.I find it unfair to those students who are really studying but got some grade with that classmate of ours. How about you, do you have similar experience with me?
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17 responses
@mimico (3619)
• Philippines
16 Nov 08
Well if you look at the big picture, grades certainly don't matter. the pit of going to college is to learn about yourself, to develop your potentials and mature in the way you think, act and behave especially with others. I think, beyond learning new concepts and theories, becoming a better individual is what college life is for. But I worry about my grades. Getting an A denotes something about a person. Sure, that person may just be book smart and not ecactly street smart. But A student is generally better than a C student WHILE IN COLLEGE. Being in a university means following the university's rules, and so grades do matter as long as you are still in college.
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• United States
16 Nov 08
I think grades do matter to a degree. At the university level, they are especially important because your future employer will see the transcript. In high school or secondary, they don't matter as much after your first job or once in college. I was more grade coscious in secondary school, and now I have become extremely grade conscious pulling a b average. I think profs that guess should go by the record they have of each student, and that the grade should be based on specific criteria set forth in the syllabus. Anything else that doesn't apply to the whole class is wrong unless a student ahs special mitigating circumstances discussed with their professor documented of course.
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@Zezloler (497)
• United Arab Emirates
15 Nov 08
I think I'm very grade conscious because I believe that grades will matter the most when you finish school. As you said, it's a reflection of how you're doing, and if you don't care about them, your grades will sink and you won't make an effort to fix them. When I see my average going lower, I often try to find out what I'm doing wrong and then pull myself together to improve. =P Unfortunately, I've had quite a bit of teachers that guess grades they give based on their "personal impression", personal liking, or just on participation (like my current French teacher). I really don't like this. How can you improve an impression you give someone, or know where you're wrong? Grades should be about your tests, your quizzes, your assignments, and some on participation and attitude; concrete things. Going back to my French teacher, I have one classmate that knows French in the class. She deems that she marks our participation as the highest factor of our grade, yet she gave the French girl an A even though she doesn't participate at all. I don't participate all that much either (a little more than her though), and I know less French than her, but I got a B. Have you been marking us on participation or knowledge? I really don't understand, and therefore don't know how to improve in this class. =S To sum it up, yep, I think that grades are important in life, and any teacher that gives *fair* grades is good to me. ^_^
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@nice030481 (1108)
• Philippines
15 Nov 08
i think grades does matter in anywhere. thats why i am not happy because ive got not so good grades during highschool and college. i am not that intelligent. only average person, and sometimes happy go lucky. and i think all my grades is really fit for me.
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@eynjel05 (444)
• Philippines
26 Nov 08
Grades were just numbers and you can't measure one's capabilities through the grades he earned in school.I spent 14 years in school and I can say that grades sometimes do not reflect how good or worst student you are in class. But sometimes grades tend to motivates us in studying hard especially when you were given a high grade by your professor.. :-)
@anneshirley (1517)
• Philippines
22 Nov 08
Grades reflect the work we've done for the entire term and it is sad if your professor is just guessing grades because this will not reflect your real work and yes, I think this is unfair especially for those students who gave their best in studying.
@leomyoma (47)
• India
19 Nov 08
Yaa,its quite similar in my case.i am a medical student and i freqently findout the fact that girl students secure much higher than their real performances.boys who hav good rapport with teachers too score much higher.its frustating .so i never care for grades.
• Philippines
18 Nov 08
Having a good grades actually depends on the teacher and the students it self if the teacher is that good in teaching his subject then no matter how stupid his slow his student is he will soon get it and later on end up with a nice grades. I dont care about grades as long I really learn that what counts. Its true that teach are sometimes just guessing on grades. When I in collage my prof mark my card 2.00 I know its failed but knowing that you top the exams and all your supposed to have grades higher than that. And when I confront my prof. She just said that she didn't know it was me. (I used my nick during the recitation) I mean what that. So I let it passed but I was so disappointed that I almost didn't attended his class.
@pryce_mbg (716)
• Philippines
16 Nov 08
hi! yes, grades really matter to me! as much as i can, i see to it that i get high grades in every quiz or exams. i am not contented with the passing grade and really want high points! i dont know but i dont want to get a hanging grades because i know it can help me in the future.
• United States
16 Nov 08
Before I got to the University level, as long as I got a C out of my classes, I was happy, but now that I am at the University level, I am studying like there is not tomorrow. Grades are now everything to me.
• India
16 Nov 08
It is there....but grades in school only help to take the subject which you want (Maths, Science or Commerce). But as far as the grades of the college is concerned does not make any difference to anyone. The only thing is need to be get pass out with out any supplementary/fail in any subjects. as when you do your job, no body see what was your grades, they only see what course you have done, and rest is your work. So Grades doesn't make any difference to me.
@kdhartford (1152)
• United States
16 Nov 08
Grades do matter, if only to differentiate between candidates for graduate school or jobs. Although, there are exceptions to the rule...good grades are an indication of future success.
• United States
16 Nov 08
I think grades do matter to a degree. At the university level, they are especially important because your future employer will see the transcript. In high school or secondary, they don't matter as much after your first job or once in college. I was more grade coscious in secondary school, and now I have become extremely grade conscious pulling a b average. I think profs that guess should go by the record they have of each student, and that the grade should be based on specific criteria set forth in the syllabus. Anything else that doesn't apply to the whole class is wrong unless a student ahs special mitigating circumstances discussed with their professor documented of course.
@thaMARKER (3094)
• Philippines
16 Nov 08
when i was in school (elementary, high school, college) i was never that grade conscious. i do when i reach few points to fail hehehe but if it's not that bad, i don't question it. if it's not the dean's lister grade, i don't care much. some students are maybe becuase they're sponsored and they have to reach some certain level or grade to have the sponsoship until they graduate. I never repeated a sudject before. I failed but was able to manage before the semester ends.
@gracie04 (4555)
• Philippines
15 Nov 08
yeah.. i was grade conscious wayback in college.. i always study before the midterm and final exams.. i always want to excel in everything i do most especially when it comes to studies..
• India
15 Nov 08
Grades,the word i hate when i was in my school.I am an average student and i have also friends who get good grades.I newer had an negative impact on them but it was annoying when any ask your grade in party place or in social gathering in front of you friend who have good grades. So This grades matters very much and it demotivates lot of persons.
@marq88 (58)
• Philippines
15 Nov 08
My answer is yes. But I'm not saying that it is the only thing that matters especially after college graduation and seeking for a job. In Job finding, good grades means much better chances of being hired. Basically before we can prove ourselves in our job, we must have a job of course, so we must get hired first. So having that awareness of the significance of grades, it would really make us feel bad if we encounter a scenario just like yours that your teacher is just giving high grades to those undeserving people. But I advise you not to take that matter so seriously. You must focus more on taking care of your own grades. Get your grades the hard way, it may be hard but at least you are sure that you have learn a lot. Unlike your other classmates who just got their grades through luck. It may seem unfair to the other people who do their part but it's not really unfair after all. because after college graduation your other lucky classmates may have a huge chance of getting a job, but can they last long in that job? or prior to that can they even pass the board exams if there are? I doubt indeed. I hope this helps