GC…not gift certificate but Grade-conscious
Have you ever been called GC or grade conscious?
Is it an insult or a compliment?
Let us rephrase that.
Did YOU regard it as an insult or a compliment?
As far as a holistic being is concerned, it will only be negative if you are hurt feelings,damage people’s life or you have become socially incapable in the expense of that grade. In a same sense, getting high grades that you forget your moral values because you boast it to other people is never a head-turner. Moreover, it will have a negative implication to your behavior if your sole motivation is just the grade,and not anymore the learning. That if you are not given a grade, you will no longer do your best. There is more to life. And The real measure of greatness in the journey of life are never graded by numbers.
On the other side of the coin, what is something to be delighted upon being a grade-conscious?
Of course,you will get good grades.But how do you get those grades? You comply with the rules. You submit all the given requirements on the earliest possible time. You aim to do your best.and good grades may (or may not) follow.
Yes, Grades are just numbers,we do not take away the fact that they do not define who you are.
There are so many factors that could affect the grades.
Reasons why GRADES are high
Why your grades are high might be due to following reason:
1.You may be really brilliant,intelligent and Einsteinette;
2.you may be lucky (that the one lesson you studied showed in the test paper);
3.you study hard,double the time
4.you pray hard
5.you are able to comprehend the questions and the type of questions
6.you might be in a good predisposition (good mood,good health,etc)at the time of exam
7.Easy exams;you get the logic
8.you just have a very kind and lenient professor.
High grades..average grades..low grades..High grades are very good.It appears good on paper,as well as resume in the future. Having average grades are also good.It means you know what most of the class is supposed to know. If you get low grades though,it does not directly mean that you know nothing at all.
Reason why you got low grades:
Your low grades might actually mean:
1.you do not understand the question or the instruction; (technical)
2.you have a wide coverage or prioritized a less numbered topic;
3.you know a lot that you jumbled it on your brain
4. you overrationalized (you think it is tricky so you tricked yourself)
5.you were tired, sick, emotionally distressed and apathetic during the exam
7.the professor gave a very difficult exam
8. You are overconfident;or
9..you just really do not know.
These are the reasons but we should not habitually rationalize it as such.
At the end of every exam with low mark,know what is the probable cause so you can improve.
VALUE OF GRADES
Upon thinking about this, it is also true enough to think that the school grades are the basis of whether a student learned or not. The same reason why it becomes a criterion whether you will be promoted or not to the next level. At the academe level,we can say that it is somehow important. That is why examinations must be valid. Validity refers to a characteristic of a test if it is able to measure what is supposed to measure.
From making us think what grades are and going back to the GC GC thing,what is so wrong about it? Why do others raise eyebrows to them? Why do others make fun of them?It is likewise true that Some people would not like to be called GC. In the middle of their undertaking, they prove to others that they are not. The tendency for them is to become lax;so lax that they tend to overdo it. Only to realize that in the end, they become short of the grades they need to be promoted. Getting good grades,not necessarily high, is actually the strategy of every institution to train their students what they want them to be as reflected in their vision and mission. It is a challenge to everyone. If there is one competition that every student must engaged in, it is the competition of themselves and what they were previously.
In the end what people fail to realize is that maybe being grade conscious is the way to survive tough schooling. Maybe it is the norm and doing what is under it is potentially compromising your chance to level up on the next step. What people also fail to realize is that they must keep themselves curious.