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Updated on Wednesday, December 3

#20224

OMG: I hate participation marks.

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  1. They're free marks. What's there to hate

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    1. OP is a real Murican and free anything is pinko commie shit

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    1. Pretty much every AFM course from 2B onwards. The worst part is that most of these classes have 75+ people and the same people answer questions over and over again, so it's impossible for half the class to even participate.

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  3. Yeah what is this, kindergarten? What if going to class is not how I want to learn? So bullshit.

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    1. yeaaaaaaaaaah. I wanna learn by googling.

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  4. participation marks are so arbitrary. what use are marks that condone someone to "participate" even if they don't even know the material at hand? this isn't high school.

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  5. They encourage people to try to keep up in class, rather than just space out or dick around on their phone and whatnot. Maybe you should try it sometime.

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    1. They encourage people to offer their incorrect insights on rather bland topics.

      idk, might just be a laurier thing.

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  6. I can't talk during class, if no one knows the answer to a profs question, and I know the answer (I almost always do) and I even think of raising my hand or speaking out, my heart probably skips about 20 beats, and I start to panic.

    No, I am not going to participate.

    Participation marks given for iClicker quizzes where you get the mark for just giving an answer is great though. You don't have to talk, you get a practice question, and you get to test your knowledge.

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    1. Have fun IRL bud

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    2. You should really consider working on that.

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    3. In an office setting, or meetings I am fine, its just in front of a large audience, where I have not had time to practice. Put me in front of a stadium filled with people, and a few days to practice before going on stage, I will be fine. Ask me a random tricky question in a meeting, I will panic for a second, but it will be internal, and I will do fine. Just the larger the audience, the more time I want before. Even if I go in knowing people will be asking me questions I will be fine.

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  7. You know what's worse? Writing 2 page (double spaced) 1% summaries of each week's teachings, every week. Way too much work for far too little payout. My brain just can't get the motivation to write 500 words for 1%. I mean really over 10 weeks, that's 5000 words for 10%...for a second year course? Participation is way easier, so I try not to complain after having to put up with THAT in a couple courses.

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    1. *high fives* You've hit the bingo mark on that one!

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    2. Yayy let's compare apples to oranges.

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  8. Even more fun when your TA basically gives you a 60% and somehow decided you didn't contribute enough when you've come to every class

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    1. If you show up for class and don't participate, even a 60% is generous. At most, you deserved 50%. Other professors don't hand out free participation marks for showing up.

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    2. Why should they hand out "free participation" marks to begin with? Do they grade the same in grad school? What a joke undergrad has become.

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