5 Guidelines for College Student-Professor Interactions

Students should avoid excuses that are the modern equivalent of ‘My dog ate my homework.’

Students can overcome generational gaps by using several tips when they communicate with professors.

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5. Grades are earned. Just as arguing strikes and balls can get coaches thrown out of baseball games, students will find that insisting they earned a better grade because they worked hard is likely to fall on deaf ears.

Grades are earned, not given, explains Bremen, who blames the "everybody wins" high school philosophy with confusing students about the objective nature of college grades.

"After receiving a grade, students can say, 'I'm concerned about the grade I received. I expected it to be higher and believed I followed the requirements. Can we discuss exactly what I needed to do differently?'"

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