July 17, 2007 11:40 AM
The Organic Chemistry professor prefaced today's lecture with these words:
"I have not graded enough of the exams to give a decent interpretation of the scores, but I will say this: I wrote this exam with an intended mean of 50%. If the class as a whole scores around there, I'll be happy. If the class averages better than 50%, I will make the next two exams more difficult. If the class averages worse, I will not change the difficulty of the remaining exams."
In other words, he set it up so that at least half of the students would leave the exam saying, "I failed!!! What do I do now!!?!"
So, we'll see. I still think I failed. Time to study the new stuff and eat a peanut butter & honey sandwich.
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