However, we also realize that it is unfair to give more credit that is warranted by the answer given. In ESRM100, requesting additional points isn't a fishing expedition, so you need to demonstrate to me that you actually did answer the question better than I thought.
The following policy applies to asking for more credit for any work done in the class:
1) You will become the "grader" for your answer. If there was a question on the exam, start by rewriting the full question and the possible answers. If it was a project, We'll need a copy of your work. If the question is about a volunteer project, and the confirmation of work is the problem, We'll need the organization, dates of work, and the name and email address or phone of the person that organized the volunteer project.
2) Write down your SPECIFIC reasoning for more points than you were initially given. You should explain exactly why the grade wasn't correct, and how an answer or work was worth more credit than credit given. Quote material from your work and show me how it was graded incorrectly. If you state that "friends" got higher grades for worse or similar material as part of your appeal, We will likely reject your appeal without reading it further. Arguing that the comments from the reviewer, which are likely to be very brief, and are only part of the basis for your grade, is also not going to get much traction. The job is yours to prove to us that your grade was not correct and should be higher by using your material, not comments from other's. We want you to show me that by citing specific material in your work of extremely high quality and to demonstrate clearly how you deserve a higher grade.
3) State exactly how many points you feel
the answer deserved. We will only give that amount of
points or nothing. You could break down specific
parts of the answer by the amounts of point, with the total not
exceeding the number of points for that question. In the
case of an exam, you cannot receive full credit for a wrong
answer, so don't ask for full credit if your answer wasn't
correct. In the case of an exam, you absolutely will not
receive full credit for something based on your opinion.
References to information in the book, my online lectures, and
other sources of published information can work.
4) For appeals of exam questions, please
include all information in the body of an email. If
appealing material that was submitted with attached files
(i.e. reports), then include the original file. For
appeals of projects, only attach the project. Put all
justification for the increased grade in your email. Tell me
the original grade, the grade you think you should earn, and
specifically why the original wasn't fair and the appeal grade
is. Do not overreach. It is very difficult for a student
to earn a nearly perfect grade. Remember that a 94% is a 4.0. It
will be very hard to justify a grade higher than a 94% unless it
is truly outstanding and you can demonstrate that to me. This is
the University of Washington, and outstanding writing, ideas and
assimilated material are the norm, and graded accordingly. If
there is a single grammatical mistake, please don't appeal for
an "A" grade, as we won't give it. Your opinion in your original
submission is great, but unless you have substantial
environmental science concepts in your work, it doesn't merit an
"A" or even a "B" grade.
5) Do not combine appeals for multiple
requirements (i.e. exams, projects, extra credit), in the same
Submit your reasoning by email with the
subject heading "ESRM100 GradeAppeal-Exam1-your
For instance, "Exam2"
would be for an exam2 appeal, etc. for the item you are
appealing. "0000000" would be your
to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
If your appeal includes showing that you
actually did some work that isn't shown, then please follow a
similar format, and include copies of all work previously
Exam appeals must be submitted within two
weeks of the exam date.