STEPS FOR ADDRESSING GRADE:

  1. Read through the comments made by my professor very thoroughly, so I am aware of why they think the lower grade was fair.
  2. Read their policy on grades and the way the course is weighted
  3. Email the professor to set up a meeting discussing a course of action
  4. Meet with professor and be clear about what my goals are.

 

Dear Professor,

I recently submitted my midterm assignment for your section one class. I have viewed my grade for the midterm assignment on blackboard, and I would like to discuss some of the feedback I received. I know that this assignment is weighted heavily for our final grade, and I would really appreciate a meeting where we could discuss why I received a lower grade, and what I can do during the rest of my time in this course. I really value your guidance, and of course wish to get as much out of your class as possible.

 

Sincerely,

Zoe Papastoitsis

 

Dear Professor,

I took your conflict negotiation class my sophomore year at Northeastern. The class was small, and allowed me to voice my opinions and listen to others. It was one of the most influential experiences I have had at this school, and provided me with a lot of clarity about what I am passionate about. I have now begun the process of applying to graduate school, and when I was asked to provide a recommendation letter, your name was the first that came to mind. I feel like I thrived in your class, and grew a lot as a student and critical thinker. The highlights of the course for me were our presentations on land disputes in the former USSR territories, and of course our class debate on nuclear deterrence. My argumentation skills became so developed through the research I did for these assignments.

I am applying to the International Law program at NYU. The university looks for students who are passionate and have a variety of unique experiences, but it also looks for people who have a strong academic background and are adept at deep critical thinking and meaningful argumentation. It would mean so much to me if you felt that my time in your class could help me on my way towards a career in International Law. The deadline is two months out, so there is no rush in considering my offer.

 

Many Thanks,

Zoe Papastoitsis