I have one more Calc II test to go (a take-home final), one more project due (on differential equations) and one more batch of homework to turn in. And then I’m done. At this point, it’s safe to say that I know what my grade will be in Calc II.
When I first signed up for the class, I just wanted to pass it. I had taken it before over at the community college, failed the first two tests, and dropped the class, shaken. I’d had a teacher who didn’t review the tremendously important u-substitution section (a terrible idea) and who assigned massive amounts of homework. Most importantly, I was too busy with work and had too large a courseload to do my homework properly.
This time I cut back on writing and got loans. I took a light semester. I had a teacher who suited my needs much better. And while I still struggled, I made it.
And it occurs to me that there’s no lab section to math prof’s class — he pretty much replaces labs with graded homework. Which makes me feel better about my C in Calc II: since homework grades replace lab grades, I feel less like I “slipped by” because math prof takes up homework, and more like I earned my grade in the ordinary way, by taking tests and doing out-of-class work.
My test avergade is a D. My homework grade is a B. My quiz grade is frankly unmentionable.
MY FINAL GRADE IS A C!
I PASSED CALCULUS II!