Wednesday, June 29, 2005

I'm confused

I picked up an essay from uni today (the one that I handed in about a month late).

As my lecturer handed it to me, he said that it was one of the best essays he'd ever marked (ego inflating... pride swelling...), but then he added, "...if it is your own work".

Now what are you supposed to say to that?

For the record, it was my own work and it earned me 95%, the highest essay mark that I've ever got.

At the time I didn't say, or think, too much about it. But since I've got home, his second comment has really begun to bug me.

Does he honestly think I cheated on my essay?

Should I go and see him about it?


At 8:54 pm, Blogger Amelia said...

Well done!! If he really thought it wasn't your work, do you think he would have given you 95%?

Depending on his other comments, I would take it with a pinch of salt.It really depends how much it bothers you whether you raise it with him or not.

At 10:04 pm, Blogger Melina said...

I'd just let it go...unless you plan on having more classes with the guy. If so, then I would go to his office and attempt to straighten it out or at the very least see what he meant by his comment. PS. I always knew you were a genius.

At 11:01 pm, Anonymous bronte said...

you ARE a shit :P
and no you don't

At 11:10 pm, Blogger bob francisco said...

id go and see him about it.
he wouldnt have made the comment if he wasnt thinking it.
He obviously cant prove you've plagiarised the work else he wouldve taken some action.

that sort of comment would piss me off massively and bug me for ages.

but then again i dont know the bloke and you have to take what he said in the context of the whole conversation.

At 9:53 am, Anonymous Lola said...

it may very well be best to let sleeping dogs lie, but i know that i'm not very good at doing so. i'd be very angry at someone believing that my own words were someone elses, and i think i'd have to go and see him about it.

There's no way he can prove its someone elses essay , because its not, and perhaps you should clarify everything with him for your own piece of mind.

At 11:40 am, Blogger viva mandinah said...

Thats ridiculous.

You have to see him about it and straighten it out.

Even if you don't have him for other units, lecturers talk amongst themselves (I'm not assuming - I know - I work in one of the schools at Curtin) and he could leave a lasting impression on others.

At 12:37 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well I reckon as long as you know that it is your work, who cares what the lecturer thought. He is just jealous as he probably never got 95%.
Keep up the excellent work

At 1:55 pm, Blogger Blondie said...

You could take the high road and let it go, but it'd bug me so I'd be the person desperately seeking kudos (because that really ruined the praise for you) and I'd go and see the guy to straighten it out. But if he's that small minded you mightn't be able to change his mind and it might have just been a flippant remark that he won't even remember. What a grudging jerk though.

At 1:56 pm, Blogger Blondie said...

quick ps, and congrats for the fantastic score genius :)

At 9:08 pm, Blogger miss wendy said...

I know, I KNOW this probably won't be popular.... I'm pretty used to that actually! -
but now that I sit on the other side of the desk - albeit not such an impressive desk as the lecturers at uni...
I have to say sometimes, you just get crazy marking billions of documents that are all so similar or not and you have to figure out why- and you forget how personal these things are to the people who wrote them, and you do worry that the student may just be laughing at your naivety..
As you stated this was an
ATYPICAL mark.. you know that, well he knows that too, so how does he explain that?- either you usually aren't so focussed or, what?? What is the answer?.. he thinks well, it is worth this mark and I don't want the hassle of checking whether it's really his work so he GIVES you the mark and just makes the comment .. maybe to just put the topic out there to see if you respond.. I must admit I have thought of doing that.. He's human- weird I know but people who mark assignments are!- He did GIVE you the mark.. ..Honestly handing back assignments feels like throwing bombs .. the response is SCARY.. anyway congratulations! you could just enjoy your brilliance.. or you could check it with him- let him know it was yours and was he honestly doubting that, and if so why?.. the ever popular, staying at home (by demand) miss w.

At 9:57 am, Blogger Tam said...

Nah, that's totally unacceptable bollocks. If you're going to J'accuse! someone you've got to grow some damn stones and take action but if you don't have any proof or can't be bothered checking yourself you shut the goddamn hell up -- you DO NOT dick around like this to test response! That's bullcrap!

I say you smack him in the face with your duelling glove and go for pistols at dawn. Demand satisfaction!

At 2:20 am, Blogger cotard said...

So much advice (some good, some bad, some very funny)... what to do?

I think I'll go behind his back. I have a unit next semester with one of my fave lecturers. They're in the same department... I'll discuss it with him and see what he reckons.

At 12:39 pm, Blogger miss wendy said...

two in one!- 1.not a popular opinion
2. handing back assignments is a very touchy thing.
the behind the back thing always works for me.. )

At 7:46 pm, Blogger lori said...

hmm, i was accused of this by my Yr 12 English lit teacher, who then said she knew exactly which book i plagiarised from, and marked me down 50% - so I got 5/10. When i confronted her about it, and asked specifically which book she referred to, she declined to reply.

Considering that I had my mum helping me with my Lit essays because for some reason I never analyse books, just read them, she was also insulted and took it up with the head of the English Dept.

I hate english literature, its a horrible way to treat books.


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