(See specific instructions below.)
Ref # 
Item 
grade 
Multiply By 
= 
1 
Quiz # 1 (omit lowest grade of 3) 
. 
1 
. 
2 
Quiz # 2 (omit lowest grade of 3) 
. 
1 
. 
3 
Quiz # 3 (omit lowest grade of 3) 
. 
1 
. 
4 
Midterm Exam 
. 
2.5 
. 
5 
Scrapbook 
. 
2.0 
. 
6 
Final Exam 
. 
3.0 
. 
7 
Class participation 2 or fewer absences, add in 5.0; 3 absences, add 3.0; 4 or more absences, add 0.0 
. 
10.0 
. 
8 
Total 


. 
9 
Divide by 10 – this is your numeric grade 


. 
A = 90 or greater B = 80.0 to 84.9
B+ = 85.0 to 89.9 C = 70.0 to 74.9
C+ = 75.0 to 79.9 D = 60.0 to 64.9
D+ = 65.0 to 69.9 F = Below 60
W = Withdrawn (student withdrew before deadline or with
instructor’s permission – this grade does not change
the student’s cumulative average)
WF = Withdrawn/Failed (student stopped showing up for class
after deadline and made no effort to contact instructor –
this grade is initially a “W” but later reverts automatically
to a “WF” – the equivalent of an “F”)
Check with the Registrar – these procedures may have changed!
(Lines 1, 2 and 3): The first three lines are used to enter your quiz grades. In entering these grades, remember to leave out the lowest of the three grades. If you missed class when there was a quiz, consider the grade for the missed quiz to be a zero. Put the grade in the “grade” column, multiply it by one, then put the result in the “=” column (they will be the same).
(Line 4): Put your curved midterm exam grade (the handwritten number in red on the back of your Scantron form)in the “grade” column. Multiply your grade by 2.5 and then enter the result in the “=” column. (For example, if your midterm grade is 73, multiplying it by 2.5 will yield 182.5 in the “=” column.)
(Line 5): Put your scrapbook grade in the “grade” column. Multiply your grade by 2.0 and then enter the result in the “=” column. (For example, if your scrapbook grade is 80, multiplying it by 2.0 will yield 160.0 in the “=” column.)
(Line 6): Put your final exam grade (the machine printed number in red on the back of your Scantron form) in the “grade” column. Multiply your grade by 3.0 and then enter the result in the “=” column. (For example, if your midterm grade is 71, multiplying it by 3.0 will yield 213.0 in the “=” column.)
(Line 7): Class participation is usually calculated by absences, but may in some cases be higher or lower than you expect because this portion of your grade is at my discretion (I will have informed you if I deducted any points due to circumstances other than absences). If you have had only one or two absences during the semester, place the number 5 in the “grade” column. If you had three absences during the semester, place the number 3 in the “grade” column. If you had four (or more) absences during the semester, place a 0 in the “grade” column. Multiply the numeral in the “grade” column by 10 (if it is 5, then the result is50, if it is 3, then 30, or, if it is 0, then 0) and place the result in the “=” column.
(Line 8): Add together all the numbers above this line in the “=” column and place the total here.
(Line 9): Divide the total on line 8 by 10. This is your numeric grade. Use the figures under the calculating table to determine your letter grade for the course.
Yes, I am well aware there are other ways to do this math. Use them if it makes you happy. Over the years I have found that this is the easiest way for students to calculate their final grades.
Ref # 
Item 
grade 
Multiply By 
= 
1 
Quiz # 1 (omit lowest grade of 3) 
75. 
1 
75.0 
2 
Quiz # 2 (omit lowest grade of 3) 
90. 
1 
90.0 
3 
Quiz # 3 (omit lowest grade of 3) (lowest grade of 3 dropped) 


omit 
4 
Midterm Exam 
79. 
2.5 
197.5 
5 
Scrapbook 
87.5 
2.0 
175.0 
6 
Final Exam 
75.0 
3.0 
225.0 
7 
Class participation (3 absences) 2 or fewer absences, add in 5.0; 3 absences, add 3.0; 4 or more absences, add 0.0 
3.0 
10.0 
30.0 
8 
Total 


792.5 
9 
Divide by 10 – this is your numeric grade 


79.25 
Matching the grade of 79.25 to the chart above yields a letter grade of “C+”.
If you find this chart too difficult or if it confuses you I will be happy to help you determine where you stand academically. Of course the later it is in the semester the more accurate will be my advice concerning the grades you need in order to achieve your goal.
DON’T decide late in the semester that you want to do better than you are doing. The later in the semester it is, the more difficult it will be to compensate for your inattention early in the semester. START OFF STRONG AND THIS WILL NOT BE A WORRY.
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