I could use some support. I am not doing so well in my Spanish 301 test.
Ok, I am not doing so well in my Spanish 301 test. She says I am not putting enough of myself into the writing. Although there was nothing grammatically wrong with the paper, she gave me a 62%, an almost failing grade. The assignment was (I (I will type it in English) to find out what kind of characters Matute wrote about and if these were reflected in the story, La rama seca( they were) and if the were present in the story she wanted to know in which characters. It was to be two pages.
So I wrote a paper answering all of the above questions. She gave me the 62% because she believes there was not enough of my opinion about what the story means. There was some opinion in the paper, but not much.
I don't believe the assignment called for my opinion. What do you think?
Next Class, Spanish 301: I made a 99% on my Sor Juana paper and must have done very well on my Spanish take home test because he would not grade it. He said that he needed to know who helped me because he believed it was not my work. He said it was too good.
I don't know what to do. One is close to failing me and the other is upset because my grade is too high.
What do you all think of my Spanish ability?? Please be honest because dishonesty or flattery will only hurt my learning of Spanish. Just don't be brutal
I'm probably not the best judge, but from what I have seen you seem to have a pretty firm grasp of the language. My first impression of your writing was that you are probably at a much more advanced level in your studies than I am, so it would be hard for me to know how or what your professors are judging you on.
I will say this...
You've gotten this far in your studies, so there's no reason to let this little bump in the road knock you off course. In the end, it's not the professors that you will need to please but yourself. If you feel good about the amount of effort you have put in (and you should) and with the progress that you have made since beginning this trek (and, again, you should...at least I would be proud to be where you are now) then who cares what they think. Grades aren't everything, and you'll get through it. I know you will.
If it is really bothering you, my advice would be to speak with the professor and find out what his expectations are and go from there. In a year or two, when you've graduated and moved on to better things in your life, this little knock is not even going to register with you. Every time we face problems and setbacks in life it can feel like someone has dropped a mountain in our lap. Just try to remember that if that mountain had never been there you would have never climbed it, and consequently, never have seen how beautiful the view was from the top.
Keep your head up and keep moving forward. I believe in you.
To me you are very sincere in your efforts to learn Spanish well and I think that in time they will most likely see that. (If they don't- they are blind.)
Your Spanish is probably better than mine.
Teachers can be difficult... especially when they're judging 'how much you can give', which is pretty relative anyways.
Have you tried approaching them (separately, that is) and talking with them? Maybe even saying 'Hey, one is about to fail me for while the other grades me wonderfully... I just don't understand'? Maybe it could help.
I don't know. half the time I think people are crazy. I don't think your Spanish is bad at all, but on the contrary... I think you're learning and want to learn more, which is something that I enjoy seeing. I see you comments often, and that is something I've noticed.. You are doing just fine!
I would suggest speaking with them. but then, that's just me.
Don't ask me why I say this but something makes me think they are jealous.Like you look happy and they can't believe you could be smart and happy or being happy does not correlate to intense work or serious thought.
Just a wild thought.
I am very sorry to hear about your 62%. From my perspective, you are clearly putting yourself into the material, but since I'm not your professor, my perspective does not count.
I applaud that you had already approached your prof. Clearly, what is done is done, but the reality is that "mañana será otro día". It probably goes without saying that you will be taking advantage of the free tutor in the lab.
Now some encouragement: Of course this bothers you. You are clearly an avid student of Spanish and this 62% understandably represents some sort of a "decree" regarding your ability in the language. However, remember no prof is omniscient. Hey, there' nothing wrong with your Spanish, and the sky is the limit! Try to take this as a bit of a challenge to prove this prof wrong.
You go get her, girl!