Navigating Grades at Dartmouth
Hi, everyone! I just took my first college test and handed in my first paper this past week. Both feats were incredibly nerve-wracking for me because of how much stake I've put on academics throughout my life. I spent a lot of time glaring at my paper because I felt like something was off, but couldn't figure out what, and I spent the day before my first biology quiz with mild hypertension.
With this in mind, I've spent a little bit of time thinking about how I can approach grades and *judgment* with a more positive mindset, and have found great encouragement from the producers of said stress — my professors!
Interestingly enough, none of my professors emphasize tests or pure memorization in their teaching. We find problems in the subject together and learn about ways to address them. My classmates rarely ask "Will this be on the quiz?" during lecture, either, and our learning is always pushed by the class's collective interest in the subject. Sometimes we even ask questions outside of the scope of the course, prompting the professors to say, "Ask me again during your senior year." Whether it's in my writing, biology, or data analysis class, the information we learn has been, frankly speaking, cool. The professors' methods of teaching and engaging with me as a student have made learning the material so enjoyable and engaging for me. I find what I learn interesting and genuinely want to explore more!