Just frustrating

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Registered: 03-30-2003
Just frustrating
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Fri, 09-24-2010 - 8:17am

So I got my grade back yesterday on the paper that I spent much of summer break writing.

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Registered: 10-05-2009
Fri, 09-24-2010 - 12:01pm

APA is so frustrating! GRRRRR I hate it! I hate that we can write outstanding papers and lose points over techincallities that will change again next year, so who the heck cares! The only points I lost on my last paper were for APA junk, I didn't put the date on the cover page. NO examples in the book, in the library or provided to us by the school had the date on the cover page!!! GRRR

I don't think I would go to the instructor and argue that you did spend extensive time on the paper and that it was proofread carefully. That just makes you look whiney. I know you want her to know that you really did your very best, but you don't have an argument that changes anything.

Do make sure you have the most current copy of the APA book. I'm sure you know that there are 2 versions that were published last year, the first one is full of errors, so if you used that one, your paper would be full of errors, too.

Also, have a classmate proof your paper after your hubby does. They are more familiar with APA style than your hubby and are more likely to catch errors and be able to share with you stuff that they discovered or had pointed out to them. If you can, get the librarian to read your paper. If you can make her practically your best friend, and be very, very appreciative of her time, she's likely to like you and want to help you.

I haven't bought the book yet. I will be this quarter since I have 2 more papers to write before Christmas and then there will be more in my Bachelor degree, so I might as well bite the bullet and get the stupid book.

I also use the owl perdue website, they are awesome and completely up to date with APA formatting.

I do feel your pain, though. We put blood, sweat and tears in to these papers. Give up time with family to write a decent paper and then get dinged over stupid stuff! Makes all that time seem wasted and with out value. WHY do instructors find it necessary to make nursing students feel like this!!!

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Registered: 03-30-2003
Fri, 09-24-2010 - 12:41pm

I don't know LOL.

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Registered: 03-30-2003
Fri, 09-24-2010 - 12:46pm

AND now I'm waiting for this teacher to post her powerpoint notes online.

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Registered: 07-08-2004
Sun, 09-26-2010 - 4:38pm

HUGS!

As a graduate student in counseling, we have to write EVERYTHING in APA format. At this point, between my undergraduate degree in psychology and during this program, I think I've written over 1,000 pages worth of things in APA format. And even with all of that experience, teachers STILL take off points for things THEY deem are not correct in APA format, even when I reference the manual and show them the formatting is correct.

So this is my long-winded way of saying that I think you were wise to pick your battles carefully and accept the grade on the paper. Like you, "unjust" grades REALLY ruffle my feathers, but you're right...sometimes you just have to let it go. In the end, arguing over a few points can damage your relationship with your instructor in the long run, which can have really negative consequences. Since the grade on this assignment didn't impact your overall grade negatively, I think you made a wise choice. But I still understand why you're frustrated! ;)