From an awesome reader, here is an excerpt out of Tim Ferris’ Four-Hour Work Week.
She (the reader) says it “it made me want to tear my hair out.”
This should offer a little insight into just what kind of world today’s professors live and work in.
For all four years of school, I had a policy. If I received anything less than an A on the first paper or non-multiple-choice in a given class, I would bring 2-3 hours of questions to the grader’s office hours and not leave until the other had answered them all or stopped out of exhaustion. This served two important purposes:
- I learned exactly how the grader evaluated work, including his or her prejudices and pet peeves
- The grader would think long and hard about ever giving me less than an A. He or she would never consider giving me a bad grace without exceptional reasons for doing so, as he or she knew I’d come a’knocking for another three-hour visit.
Learn to be difficult when it counts. In school as in life, having a reputation for being assertive will help you receive preferential treatment without having to beg or fight for it every time.
Also, seriously fuck that guy. Fuck. That. Guy.