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F-ing TA's

Discussion in 'Open Discussion (Work-safe)' started by buckeyefool, Feb 3, 2005.

  1. buckeyefool

    buckeyefool He's back and better than ever!

    So I just got back My paper for My History class. got an 85 on it which kind of bothers Me because the TA gave no idea to us how we should approach this book. So I winged it and the subject matter got Me the 85, so thats not to bad but what bothers me, and this happened to everyone in the class. We were told the paper was to be 4-5 pages. Mine was 4.5 pages. We were all told that We all would have gotten better grades if our papers would ahve been longer, that how could we expect to define and analize the book in 5 pages.....wtf!
    I also got points taken off because for the book instead of using the characters last name throught the paper I used her first name which showed that I felt women were less important....argH!!!
     
  2. LloydSev

    LloydSev DreamWeaver

    lol.. you have a woman instructer?
     
  3. buckeyefool

    buckeyefool He's back and better than ever!

    Yes I do...it's Womens History. The prof is very cool, the TA is crazy
     
  4. Crump's brother

    Crump's brother Moxahala Park Carnie/ Rehoboth Strangler

    That's the arrogant bullshit that only academia would dare pull. Unless it's a scantron test, TAs have no right to grade anything. I used to be a TA in college for Freshman Year Spanish classes. Basically, I drove the foreign teachers around town and preyed upon 18-19 year old girls whenever possible.
     
  5. osugrad21

    osugrad21 Capo Regime Staff Member

    That is possibly the most ridiculous justification for a deduction that I have ever heard....

    If the author used the first name consistently throughout the book, your analysis is free to do so as well. Now if the author used both names a majority of the time, then your instructor is correct. However, most author's rely on the first name to engage the reader in a more personal understanding of the character.

    You got screwed...
     
  6. RugbyBuck

    RugbyBuck Our church has no bells.

    Hey, I used to be one of those TAs at tOSU. And, you're absolutely right, most of them aren't worth the dog shit on the Oval.
     
  7. buckeyegrad

    buckeyegrad Don't Immanentize the Eschaton Staff Member

    If I were you, I would tell that TA to shut her mouth and go in the kitchen and bake me a pie.

    You could also tell the TA that she is not worthy to grade your paper because she is a woman and according to her own words, you feel "women are less important."
     
  8. BuckBackHome

    BuckBackHome Wolverine is largest member of weasel family

    I am so glad I escaped six years of undergrad and grad school without ever having to deal with a TA. I sometimes wonder how bad they could have been compared to some of the senile tenured profs I endured.
     
  9. strohs

    strohs Go Bucks!

    Mmmmmmmmmmm, pie.
    Key Lime Pie >> *
    TA sounds like a douche, take the complaint to the prof, especially the 4-5 page one.
     
  10. The KSB

    The KSB 4-4-11/11-5-11

    I think you should ask her to regrade your paper when she's not on her period.
     
  11. VprHis

    VprHis Get off my lawn, you hooligans!

    Hey, now, some TA's are better than others.


    I had the best TA for micro 649. His office hours were in a bar on High street. Easily approachable, willing to help you out, graded sanely, knew his shit.

    just because you have some crazy dyke womynist whackjob doesn't mean you have to blast ALL TA's. Just 99% of them (including me. I suck )
     
  12. Savante

    Savante The Ruler's Back

    Ugh, tell me about it. I just got my ECE300 exam back and I got a 60% on it. Now, I don't know the class average yet, buct I'm betting it's not too much lower than the average.. I studied really hard and I thought I knew the stuff. So I look at my test and it's graded REALLY harshly. I got the wrong answer because I thought something was going postive, and it was actually negative, but I did the problem right. So, granted, my equation was wrong (I had 5R1 + 7R2 - 13 instead of 5R1 + 7R2 + 13), so I get a negative answer for R1 and R2. Worthy of point loss, I agree, but I got a 5/25 on that problem. Wtf? So, I see my professor, and he agrees and says if I can get the TA to agree that it was too harsh he'll make it a 20/25, much better. She speaks so little English that I can't reason it out with her. She thinks that it's fair, so I lose the points. We find out the average tomorrow, and if it's too high, I'm going to have to drop the class. Sucks.

    I hate ECE. That's one thing I hate about college -- why in the fuck am I, a programmer, taking an electrical engineering class? Why did I have to take a literature class? I took Classics! I learned the Odyssey. Why? I'm a programmer. LAME.
     
  13. The KSB

    The KSB 4-4-11/11-5-11

    I'm with you on that one Savante. The don't push Computer Science onto Philosiphy students, so why do they push philosophy on Computer Science students.
     
  14. methomps

    methomps an imbecility, a stupidity without name

    Building off what Savante said, I wish more TAs actually spoke English.
     
  15. jlb1705

    jlb1705 hipster doofus Staff Member Bookie

    The TA's right for taking off points, but the reasoning she gives is incorrect. When writing a history paper the only instances in which you should identify people by their first name only is when you are referring to one or more people with the same last name, or referring to characters in a fictional work (like an Upton Sinclair novel, for instance). Even in the case of referring to multiple persons with a common surname, you should still refer to them by first and last name whenever possible. Only use first names in this case when sing first and last name together would disrupt the flow of your narrative/analysis.

    The point of this is that you are analyzing this stuff from a distance. Using first names makes it sound like you knew the people. It makes it sound like an anecdote instead historical anyalysis.

    By the way, I totally understand the point about History classes and TAs being too political in the classroom. I majored in History, and I encountered it in every history class I took at OSU.

    Plus, if you think your situation is bad in terms of misconduct, you should have seen the Early Black Thinkers class I took my sophomore year at OSU. We didn't have a grade in that class until the midterm exam. It was an open-book essay exam. The instructor held our grades until the day after the final day to drop a class, and ended up flunking 95% of the class on the exam. That was the last day I went to that class, and it played a significant role in my decision to transfer.
     

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