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Utilize Special Assignments and Extra Credit Opportunities

  Many professors offer special assignments or extra credit as a way for you to expand your knowledge of the subject and supplement your exam or laboratory grades. The value of these assignments varies among professors, but can be as much as 5% of your total grade, or roughly half a letter grade.

Since these extra credit and
special assignments are optional,
many students elect not to do
them because they don’t have
time or think they aren’t important.

  These students lose out on the chance to accumulate valuable points that may well affect their final grade in the course. You should therefore get in the habit of treating extra credit as a regular course assignment, and make the time to get it done. You will not only gain extra points, but you may also be protecting yourself against a subpar performance on some other required assignment later in the course.

 


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