How do you politely ask for a better grade, and How do you convince someone to change your grade? These are common questions students ask us through email.
When you get a bad grade in school, it can be tempting to feel like the teacher is against you, and at the same time, it can be confusing how to email a professor about a wrong grade. But chances are good that your teacher didn’t mean to give you a bad grade – they just aren’t perfect. And even though it’s hard, be nice and respectful when you ask them to update your work.
How to tell your teacher they gave you the wrong grade
1. Ask your teacher to look over your work again.
If it’s been a while since the assignment was due and you’ve noticed an error in your grade, ask your teacher to look over your work again. You might be surprised at how often they’ll say yes and then change the grade because of something minor that slipped through their fingers when they were grading hundreds of papers all at once.
If it’s been a while since the assignment was due and you’ve noticed an error in your grade, ask your teacher to look over your work again before you do anything else. If you’re still getting a low mark, talk with them about what went wrong on that project or test—you might learn something useful so next time around there won’t be any confusion!
If it’s been a while since the assignment was due and you’ve noticed an error in your grade, ask your teacher to look over your work again before you do anything else.
Stay calm and courteous.
- Stay calm and courteous. It’s important to stay professional, even if you’re hurt or frustrated. You don’t want your request for an update to be perceived as aggressive or rude—that will only make things worse.
- Don’t blame the teacher. It’s not the teacher’s fault that your grade hasn’t been updated yet; don’t think of them as a villain who is refusing to help you out of malice or spitefulness. Instead, consider this from their perspective: they’ve probably already made changes in response to requests like yours before, and would love nothing more than for everyone in class to be happy with their final grades! They might even be worried about making too many adjustments since there are so few weeks left on school calendars these days (and because there are so many other teachers writing exams). If you approach them politely and calmly, they’ll probably be willing to work with you instead of getting defensive or angry.
- Don’t use sarcasm when asking for an update on your grade; this will only cause conflict between both parties involved instead of finding solutions together.”
2. Tell your parents about the grade you think you deserve.
- Tell your parents that you want to be honest with them and tell them what grade you think you deserve.
- Tell your parents that you want to be a good student and do well in school, as well as make sure they know how much extra effort you’re putting into your work since the last report card came out.
- Tell your parents that all of this is important because they are setting the example for the rest of your family—from little brothers and sisters all the way up to grandparents!
- Finally, give them examples of why honesty is so important in our world today: If there’s one thing we should all try very hard not do as humans on planet Earth (and beyond), it’s lie about something important like grades on schoolwork!
3. Be prepared to do additional work for a better grade, if that’s what it takes.
If your teacher is not convinced that you deserve a higher grade, ask them to explain why they think the current grade is fair. Perhaps there’s something about your work that needs more attention or improvement. Maybe you can work with the teacher to make sure that happens by setting up a time later in the semester when you’ll meet again and discuss how things are going.
If it seems like there isn’t anything further that can be done on your part, try asking them once more if they’d reconsider changing the grade based on what you’ve just discussed. If they still don’t agree with what seems like a reasonable solution, ask them if they’d sign off on whatever extra work needs to be done so that it’s clear where exactly things stand between yourself and this teacher moving forward.
4. If need be, take your concerns to the school authorities.
If a teacher still refuses to update your grade, you may want to take your concerns to the school management. The Vice-Chancellor, Rector, or Principal is the head of your school and is in charge of making sure that everything runs smoothly. The principal can help you with your grades and make sure they are accurate.
The principal will also be able to help if there are problems with teachers or other students at the school. If there is bullying going on, for example, that could affect how well you do in class; if this happens, talk it over with your teacher or go straight to the principal if necessary.
You should also talk with the principal about anything related to academic assistance so he/she knows about any issues you’re having at home or elsewhere outside of school (e.g., work) that might affect how well you do academically. This can help ensure that teachers are aware of any potential issues before they affect test scores or grades negatively!
5. Teachers are not perfect and will make mistakes once in a while.
Teachers are people. They make mistakes, they’re not always right, they don’t know everything, and they’re not perfect. This is why you should be careful when assuming a teacher’s grading method is fair or consistent—and if your grade doesn’t reflect your work, it’s time to ask for an update.
As long as you show respect for the teacher’s time and expertise and don’t question their motives or integrity (unless you’ve got evidence), asking for an updated grade will likely go smoothly.
So, there you have it: your best shot at getting a higher grade. It’s not easy, but we hope our tips gave you some confidence when approaching your teacher about your grade. Remember, the key to success here is politeness—there’s no need to get angry or upset if things don’t go as planned!
We know how hard it can be when we don’t get what we want from someone else, but remember that teachers have feelings too and will appreciate being approached kindly rather than aggressively. Also, make sure that whatever work you’re submitting with this request has been revised so as not to appear as if all efforts are being made in vain. Lastly, if at first all else fails (or even after it does), consider seeking out help from an authority figure such as the principal or dean of students who can ensure fair play on behalf of all parties involved.
Good luck with your studies!