Episode 81: The True Value of Grades for College Students

October 19, 2017
Story Time:
  • My early memory of getting a bad grade
Key Info for this Podcast:
  • Myth: “Grades don’t matter”
    • They matter to you
    • Parents
    • Higher level graduate school that have competitive enrollment
    • Grades don’t matter to employers, many grad schools, community college
  • Why do we (instructors) issue grades?
    • Paying consumers of education (more on that later)
    • Measure mastery
    • Distinguish high performers from low performers
  • Instructors’ relationship with grades
    • Consistency is key
  • Thoughts on students approach
    • They don’t define you
    • They are part of what you pay for though
    • Grades as a measurement of college mastery, not subject matter mastery
    • What else do you pay for though?
      • networking opportunities
      • stepping stones
      • direction
      • research
    • Student as a consumer movement
    • It all goes back to… What’s the goal?
    • Are there other things you can be focusing on
  • “Done is better than perfect” —> Is it a myth?
  • Pareto Principle: 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes
Websites/Links Referenced on the Show:
Home Exercise:
  1. Pick a goal, something you want that matters to you. Write it down, and better yet, tell someone you’re close to about it to help with accountability.
  2. Write down a plan for your goal. List out the steps, assign a deadline to the first step. Put that step on your To-Do List.
  3. Take one step this week to “find your tribe.” If you’re already new to a tribe this semester, do one thing to strengthen your ties with that new tribe.
  4. Ask for some help related to your goal.
  5. Do research related to your goal. What do you need to learn more about in order to work more efficiently, save money, and/or become more effective at achieving your goal. There’s always something we can learn that can help!
  6. Reach out to one of your instructors for something you need. It could be related to your academic goals, or maybe it’s something about a personal goal that can be helped by networking.
  7. Do an 80/20 analysis on your goal. Are the efforts you are putting in giving you the maximum amount of return? If not, consider alternatives.
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Thanks to Rob Cavallo for today’s intro music. For more information about him or the music you heard today, you can email: peloquin17@yahoo.com

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