the Point That Almost Got Away

February 5, 2009 at 11:19 PM 2 comments

For some reason, after passing regular Biology with more or less an easy A last year, I had the impression that AP Biology would be a breeze.

How wrong I was.

Oh, the class seems easy enough. No homework, no five hour afterschool labs. Life doesn’t get much better.

Until the tests come. And you realize that because there was no homework, you haven’t really learned the stuff at all. And you take the test and fail it, because all the stuff you forgot to study while cramming somehow ends up on the test. Also, if you guess, it had better really, really educated, since the teacher makes like the AP and knocks off a quarter point for wrong answers.

So moral number one of the story is to appreciate homework and to study everything and miss nothing.

Somehow, though, despite failing more or less every single test, with barely any curves, since a certain smart person has to go and set the bar a bit too high, I end up with an 84.

And the grading scale, which is altered, makes 84.5% (which rounds up to 85%), an A-.

So I get all freaked out because I am 0.5% or less away from that vaunted A.

Asking the teacher, I discover that I’m one point away from getting that A-. Just one point.

And luckily, I managed to get back the half point that she took away because I wrote “oxidizing” instead of “oxidizing agent”, and another half point because she did the subtraction wrong on a lab.

So, assuming I myself did the math wrong, I should have an A. An A-, but an A nevertheless.

Lesson number two: every point counts.


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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Yeena(:  |  February 6, 2009 at 7:02 PM

    true true. glad you got your point 😀 you don’t know how many times that’s happened to me.
    chem last summer: 89.3% B+
    and this year… english, math anal, dev of civ… all stupid mistakes cost me a whole letter grade.

    i thank our spanish teacher for taking pity and bumping up that 89.

  • 2. What goes up must come down  |  February 7, 2009 at 9:14 AM

    Yeena(: got that 89 bumped up????? I should have done the same. What the hell!!!!

    This is retarded. How can people do this stuff… feeling sympathy and changing grades. How did this even happen?

    Oh… upon further research ive found out why.

    What goes down, will not go up… unless there is some energy provided.

    You can thank Mr. Newton for that.


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