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Undergraduate Weighted Grade Tracking Chart

26 January 2014

As I'm trying to reinvent my organization yet again (I'm so particular, especially with note-taking.), I've come across something that has been often overlooked in my records-- grade keeping. It seems that around finals time every semester I begin to freak out and don't figure out what I'll need to get on the exam ahead of time. Instead, I freak out a few days before, collect all my grades and figure out their weight and how much percentage that grade comes to in my cumulative score. That's why I've decided to be proactive and try to find a good technique to grade keeping and knowing how much I need to get on the final ahead of time.

Now, I'm not saying this isn't fool-proof, but I think this chart has promise, which is why I'm sharing it with everyone. Basically, you have a separate one for each class, and it'll have the date, assignment, grade, what that assignment's weight is out of everything, what the weighted percentage of that assignment is, and your total weighted grade. Here's an example (download link at bottom of post):

So, say that your class has 4 reflections worth a total of 20% of your grade... that makes each reflection 5% of your final grade (written under "Weight"). Since the grade on 'Reflection #1' is 25/25, that is equal to receiving the full possible 5% for that assignment ("Weighted Percent"). Since this is the first assignment logged, the "Total Percent" (your total percent so far in the class) is 5%. 
Now let's say you have 4 quizzes, worth a total of 60% of your final grade... that makes each quiz worth 15% of your grade individually ("Weight"). You only receive an 8/10, which is equal to 12% (of the total 15% available). So 12% now goes into "Weighted Percent". Now, add this to the percent above in "Total Percent" to get 17%, which is now what you currently have in the class.

Does this make sense?? I've attached the sheet to this post for anyone that wants it. Hope you find it helpful! Doe anyone else have some organization/ grade keeping tips?

CLICK HERE for the download link!

It's also available in my Teachers Pay Teachers store. I'm currently working on a few new items... but check out my Teachers Pay Teachers store! :)

Common Undergraduate (and Beyond) #CSDProbs

23 January 2014

Each major has it's own issues and commonalities that students realize as time passes by. I'm not sure how many other majors have, but Communication Science and Disorders certainly has many! Even the graduate life and working career of a Speech-Language Pathologist is filled with similarities that occur often. In fact, one way I spend my down time is skimming through the "What Should We Call SLP" Tumblr site, finding amusement in the gifs and their captions that capture the life of a student and clinician. (I suggest you do,too!)  To go along with this and the #slpprobz #csdprobs hashtags, I've come up with some of the most common issues, especially for undergrads... which can sometimes make your face look/feel like the one below!

1. Everyone shows up to class 20 minutes early. Finals also seem to mandate an unspoken 30-40 minute early arrival.

2.You suddenly become aware of your tongue movements and swallowing -- or get scared to death when others cough while eating.

3. You have an organization system with things labeled, color coded, in protective sheets and in individual binders based on subject. These are then kept for future classes that build off of that material.

4. Half  of the class is dressed perfectly for your 8 am and the other half looks like they rolled out of bed 15 minutes ago. And at least half of your classes are at 8 am.

5. People think you need to be in a psych ward for saying sounds to yourself while walking.

6. You've come to realize English orthography is horrible, despite that you can say words in other languages with the IPA.

7. Watching videos of kids while the class giggles at the cuteness is a fairly regular occurrence.

8. Once Junior year begins, everyone has a friendly but competitive nature that escalates as senior year begins. Getting a 'B+' is often accompanied with an empathetic " aww, next time" since everyone wants a 3.99 GPA.

9. Simply being in NSSLHA isn't enough. Everyone has their hands dipped into 8-10 things, some "bragging" that they've been volunteering in a camp for 6 years while those that just found out about the program freak out about only having 2 years experience tutoring kids.

10. You learn some really odd vocabulary and acronyms. Sometimes they seem dirty, other times you wonder how you can say them, let alone a patient.

There's many more, and if you can think of any feel free to comment!

Martin Luther King Jr Day!

20 January 2014