The course is over, the exam has been written, the marking is done, and the grades have been submitted. There's a short lag while the marks are checked and then they're posted so that students can learn how they've done in the course.
At my university we submit grades as percentages. They are converted to grade points (out of 4) in order to calculate a grade point average. The percent score is reported on the transcript and so is the grade point average.
The email messages start as soon as the marks are posted. Every year there are students who want more marks. Usually it's just a few more marks to raise their grade points from 3.3 to 3.7 or something similar. That's by far the most common request. Sometimes the student wants lots more marks because they worked really hard in the course and deserve a much higher grade.
The most common reasons for asking for more marks are ...
- losing a scholarship
- not going to get into medical school/graduate school
- grade doesn't reflect effort
- parents will be disappointed
- the final exam was unfair
- student wasn't feeling well during the test that gave the lowest score
- this is the lowest grade ever received
Every Professor in the Department gets these requests at this time of the year.
Here's the important part—it's not fair to put the entire blame on the students. There's something about the way we run the university that makes it seem acceptable to beg for higher marks. What are we doing wrong? How can we fix it?
I have a trivial solution that will deal with many of the problems.