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  1. Stark

    Stark Keeping the Faith

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    Well, the lot of you seem to be fairly intelligent, so I thought I'd come to you guys with this question.

    I'm in my Junior year of High School, and I'm tied for the top of my class with a 4.0 so far. Well, coming into this year, there was the option to take a College History Course, I think it's AP World Studies or something like that.

    Well... I got way too far in over my head with this. The class is hard as hell, and I've currently got a 30% F in there although I have 92%+ in the rest of my classes. The first period of the year is not yet up, but this is going to kill my GPA, because even if I somehow pull a D out of my ass, my GPA is still screwed.

    It's not like I'm not trying either. My teacher is a pretty nice guy, and I respect him and all of that, but he gave me a 5/25 on a paper that I worked on for around four and a half hours, and then he has a 78 point test in as missing.

    The worst part about this is that I guess I can't even drop the class now, because it's too far late into the year. I've currently got five A's and an F for my report card, and I'm worried about this screwing me out of a good college, because there's no way I'm going out of this year with a 4.0 because of this class.

    Does anybody have anything I should do?
     
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  2. Numbers Guy

    Numbers Guy 1234567890

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    Why does he have a 78 point test missing? Did you talk to him about your 5/25 paper?
     
  3. Stark

    Stark Keeping the Faith

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    Well I took the test because I was out a day for a golf tournament for the school, so that'll be in soon enough, although nearly everybody in my class got a C or worse on it, so I'm probably not in much luck here.

    I got a 20% on the paper because I didn't "answer the prompt" I guess. The paper was a "Historical Investigation of the American Revolution", which is what I did.

    I can understand I might of not done a perfect job on the paper, but I know for sure I did not do a 5/25 job on it either.
     
  4. polska2211

    polska2211 heady

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    0/78 is a huge chunk of points missing. you'll be fine.

    depending on where youre looking at going to school (as long as you arent looking ivy league or anything like that) then the difference between say a 3.8 and a 4.0 is negligible, except for scholarship money. Just kill your ACT and you'll get in wherever you want to apply.
     
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  5. DDJ7777

    DDJ7777 Cleveland Sports Homer

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    The only reasonable thing to do would be to drop out now while you're ahead.
     
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  6. Rob

    Rob Best of the Land

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    Dude, your test grade will take your from an F to a C easily. Unless you bombed the test.
     
  7. Stark

    Stark Keeping the Faith

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    Well yeah, but I'm pretty sure I didn't do the best on that test either. Buddies of mine got theirs back after I took mine, and I looked at theirs, and they put about what I put, and there were a bunch of Ds and Fs in that bunch.

    It's just hard for me to get nothing but As, and then just have a huge F staring in my face.
     
  8. pr26

    pr26 NBA Starter

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    Yeah unless your looking Ivy League (more power to you if you are), then it won't matter much. I'm a fairly intelligent dude, but I didn't take high school seriously at all and had like a 2.8 gpa or something like that. Playing music was more important to me (fucking idiot).

    I murdered the ACT and SAT, and I got accepted to all the schools I applied too. Most colleges do a good job of looking at your record as a whole, taking note of trends and such.

    However, I didn't get much in aid because of my fuckery. Student loans suck. I'm still waiting on Sallie Mae to send their storm troopers to Columbus to murder my family.
     
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  9. polska2211

    polska2211 heady

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    Same thing happened to me in high school. Had all A's except for a C in Spanish 3 (that class kicked my ass). still ended up with over a 4.0 because of weighted classes and such.

    and for what its worth, unless youre a legacy or a minority, dont even bother applying to Ivy League schools. Much better off looking at schools like Michigan, Notre Dame, Miami, Georgetown, Penn State, IU, so on and so forth.
     
  10. Randolphkeys

    Randolphkeys Admittedly Pompous Staff Member

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    I believe semester grades matter to colleges, not quarter grades.

    Talk to the teacher, let him or her know your opinion, and ask what you can do. IMO, as an educator, the 30% on a paper is very harsh unless it truly sucked. I'm grading papers right now and the lowest I'm willing to give a paper that isn't obviously a last minute attempt is a C-.
     
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  11. Stark

    Stark Keeping the Faith

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    Yeah, I'm currently taking Government/Economics, Trig/PreCalc, Advanced English III, Spanish III, and Chemistry, and I have mid-high A's in all of those.
     
  12. Pick6

    Pick6 Situational Stopper

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    If everybody is doing horrible in the class, I would bet that there is a good chance your teacher will give a nice curve. How does it make him look if nobody is doing well? Keep doing your best and things should work out for you.
     
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  13. Chris

    Chris Welcome to the Future

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    Damn.

    Junior in high school.

    Fucking wish I was back there. You'll be just fine, dude.
     
  14. Stark

    Stark Keeping the Faith

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    Alright, now this paper is from Sept. 8th, and I don't remember the exact prompt, but he said around 1 1/2 to 2 pages (this was a bit over two pages when I handed it in, maybe a little close to 2 1/2).

    The prompt was something along the lines of "Conduct a historical investigation of the causes that led up to the American Revolution."

    This pasted really weird, but the only thing that it really takes away is where exactly I start and end paragraphs. Once again, I got a 5/25 (20%) on this, and I just... don't really understand.

    The American Revolution was one of the most important upheavals in history, when the thirteen colonies in North America formed an alliance to break away from the rule of the British Empire. The question is, why did the colonies wish to break away from Britain? Was it because of the taxes as many historians believe, or was there a deeper reason below everything?
    When studying the American Revolution, one must first look into the roots of the conflict. The most common reason for the entire conflict was the fact that the British Empire had imposed a large series of direct taxes, also known as the “Stamp Taxes” upon the colonies. The British then were determined to impose and incorporate new laws to enforce their rule and authority, which obviously was extremely unpopular in America. These new laws and taxes were some of the major driving forces for the colonies to attempt to abolish and establish a new government and country that would be separate from the British. The question is however, were these the main causes of the revolution itself, or were there other causes left buried underneath?
    The colonies wished to break away from British rule because of unfair taxation and laws that enforced British rule to the point where it was almost viewed as a dictatorship by some. Although the extreme taxation and the strictly-enforced laws were the two driving causes of the revolution, other underlying causes had to also of been in play. Were the problems originally minor and kept behind closed doors, and then made public when they became more major to make Britain look like the sole antagonist? Perhaps the problems never were extremely major, and the two sides were never willing to work out the issue and resorted to violence?
    As the taxes were enforced, and with many of the colonists unable to pay them, they had to resort to the production of their own necessities and resources to continue daily life. As time went on, the colonists learned how to manufacture and produce their own paper, glass, ink, and even paint. However, the colonists had to rely on Britain for many other goods that they simply couldn’t produce, the most notable of these being tea. The Thirteen Colonies had a huge market for tea, but since the soil and the climatic conditions did not suit the cultivation of the crop, they had no choice but to import it from Britain, which of course meant they were heavily taxed. This huge taxation over a highly sought-after good proves both that the original colonies seemed to have many growing pains and likely suffered economically because of all of the taxes and the fact that Britain was determined to solidify themselves as the ruler of the relationship between the two factions.
    As a result of the extreme taxation imposed on the tea by the British Empire, the colonists responded with the Boston Tea Party, a political protest orchestrated by the Sons of Liberty. This protest involved the invasion of three British cargo ships and the destruction of the tea that was on board, with most of it thrown into Boston Harbor. As a result of this act of defiance, the British passed the Intolerable Acts, which further put them in the dark with the colonists. As the protests and taxes raged, so did the threat of war. Soon, blockades began on American harbors. When the dust settled however, the Colonists were the victors, and the Declaration of Independence was unanimously signed by all thirteen colonies to declare that they were now independent from the British Empire.
    The Declaration of Independence gives all of the reasons why the Colonists, now known as the United States of America, wished and eventually did separate from the British Empire. The document makes countless references to “he”, who is King George III. The document goes on to list many bad things that King George had done to the colonies, such as “cutting of trade with all parts of the world” and “imposing taxes on us without consent”. King George caused many problems for the colonies, and when going into great detail in the Declaration of Independence, it is easy to see why the Colonists wished to break away and become independent.
    Besides taxation and strictly-enforced laws, the Declaration of Independence proves that there were more causes besides those main two that caused the Colonists to seek independence from Britain. In the document, there are many points of where the British wronged the Colonists, including cutting off trade with most of the world, by quartering bodies of troops among them, and many more points. The fact in the matter is that although the taxation and laws were the main reasons for the revolution and eventual separation, they were not the only reasons, as the British Empire had harmed the Colonists in dozens of ways.
    The American Revolution was one of the most important conflicts in world history. The British Empire had wronged the Colonists in many different ways, with the most notable being unfair taxation of all goods, the cutting off of trade with the rest of the world to force trade with them, and the presentation of many strict laws that were heavily enforced. The Declaration of Independence outlines all of the wrongdoings and shows how many problems that the Colonists had to face while under British rule. However, in the end, the Colonists were able to rise up from the problems they faced from the British, and have been an independent nation ever since.
     
  15. Stark

    Stark Keeping the Faith

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    He said at the beginning that there is a 0.050 curve for the class, which is almost nothing.

    So if I had all A's and then got an A in that class, I'd have a 4.05 GPA.
     
  16. Randolphkeys

    Randolphkeys Admittedly Pompous Staff Member

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    Well, you didn't cite any sources. I expect cited sources from 8th graders. Talk to the teacher about what he expects in citations.


    Did he give you a rubric before the assignment?
     
  17. The Oi

    The Oi Or Also Schtick

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    Jesus. Junior year of HS seems so long ago. I literally feel like I'm an entirely different person now, like the same body living in an alternate reality.
     
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  18. Stark

    Stark Keeping the Faith

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    He never said anything about citations. Nobody cited anything as far as I know, and we all shared our papers and such (didn't copy of course), just to see what angles we each worked on it.
     
  19. cdt

    cdt Oh My God! Staff Member

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    I'd take a dump on his car that's not a 20% paper. I've bs'd and paraphrased to better scores than that.
     
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  20. Randolphkeys

    Randolphkeys Admittedly Pompous Staff Member

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    Use direct quotes and cite your sources,and he will have no choice but to give you a higher grade in the future.

    You are welcome.
     
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