Extra Credit: Good or Bad?

Randore S.

                Randore Sewnarine Class 622                                                                                                              Students who have low grades can make them higher with extra credit. People think extra credit isn’t great for students. Some people may like extra credit for students. Students should have more extra credit assignments.                                             

First, students like to use extra credit. According to http://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/teaching-professor-blog/revisiting-extra-credit-policies, “There is no question that students are hungry for extra credit.” Also, “Often they seem more motivated to do extra credit than the original assignment.” “Teachers have also reported that the strategy reduced exam-related stress.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Secondly, extra credit can help teachers learn new things from students. According to  http://teachers2b.com/strategies/excredit.htm, “The teacher learned from the student’s map (extra credit) that Dracula landed in a different ship in a different area from where he left.” This example shows that teachers can learn from student’s extra credit, it does not only benefit the student, it can benefit the teacher as well. Also, extra credit shows your abilities for extra credit, the teacher asked the student to write a play, it was good  enough for students to take parts and read it in class.                                                                                                                                                       On the other hand, students shouldn’t get extra credit because it takes up too much teacher’s time. According to http://teachers2b.com/strategies/excredit.htm, “Some teachers have a policy of no extra work.” People believe students should only have extra credit if they need it. Finally, teachers may believe do what’s necessary and if not, face the consequences.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           In conclusion, teachers and students think differently, they have their own opinion. Students should have more extra credit. It gives learners a chance to show their abilities. It is given rarely, also if students want more or less extra credit, it’s their opinion.