It is currently 10 Dec 2017, 17:36

Close

GMAT Club Daily Prep

Thank you for using the timer - this advanced tool can estimate your performance and suggest more practice questions. We have subscribed you to Daily Prep Questions via email.

Customized
for You

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Track
Your Progress

every week, we’ll send you an estimated GMAT score based on your performance

Practice
Pays

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Not interested in getting valuable practice questions and articles delivered to your email? No problem, unsubscribe here.

Close

Request Expert Reply

Confirm Cancel

Events & Promotions

Events & Promotions in June
Open Detailed Calendar

2nd Year Student TAs Grading?

  new topic post reply Update application status  
Author Message
Intern
Intern
avatar
Joined: 19 Jul 2015
Posts: 1

Kudos [?]: [0], given: 0

2nd Year Student TAs Grading? [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 04 Nov 2016, 23:00
Hi everyone, I have a question for current students at top full time MBA programs, we'll say 1 to 25. I have a friend at a pretty good school and she was telling me the other day that the 2nd year MBA students (so they haven't graduated) grade projects, midterms etc. I am not in an MBA program so I'm not sure if that is normal. I guess specifically she didn't think it was right, for 2nd year students to grade the "qualitative" (subjective) type assignments. I have to admit, I thought it was strange considering the TAs hadn't even graduated the program. I could maybe understand if the assignment or test was multiple choice or had a definitive answer. I could understand a PHD student, but a 2nd year student, seems strange. Is this normal, or shouldn't the professor be grading the subjective type tests/assignments? Thanks! Also, I am not going to mention the schools name that she goes to, to protect her privacy. Thank you.

Kudos [?]: [0], given: 0

Intern
Intern
avatar
Joined: 02 Dec 2016
Posts: 3

Kudos [?]: [0], given: 0

Re: 2nd Year Student TAs Grading? [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 02 Dec 2016, 07:02
are you going to study MBA.this is a good idea?its graduation is really good.

Kudos [?]: [0], given: 0

Current Student
User avatar
Status: And so it ends...
Joined: 03 Feb 2014
Posts: 575

Kudos [?]: 233 [0], given: 158

Concentration: Strategy, Other
Schools: Johnson (Cornell) - Class of 2017
GMAT 1: 730 Q49 V40
GPA: 2.48
WE: Engineering (Other)
Premium Member Reviews Badge
Re: 2nd Year Student TAs Grading? [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 11 Dec 2016, 11:39
Wildcat24 wrote:
Hi everyone, I have a question for current students at top full time MBA programs, we'll say 1 to 25. I have a friend at a pretty good school and she was telling me the other day that the 2nd year MBA students (so they haven't graduated) grade projects, midterms etc. I am not in an MBA program so I'm not sure if that is normal. I guess specifically she didn't think it was right, for 2nd year students to grade the "qualitative" (subjective) type assignments. I have to admit, I thought it was strange considering the TAs hadn't even graduated the program. I could maybe understand if the assignment or test was multiple choice or had a definitive answer. I could understand a PHD student, but a 2nd year student, seems strange. Is this normal, or shouldn't the professor be grading the subjective type tests/assignments? Thanks! Also, I am not going to mention the schools name that she goes to, to protect her privacy. Thank you.


I'm not sure how it is in other schools, but at Johnson this is fairly normal practice for all of the core classes. I will also so that TA selection and grading is something that is fully dependent on the discretion of the professor of the course. Some professors will choose to grade exams and assignments themselves (which is impressive considering that core classes have almost all 270+ students enrolled), but many will rely on TA's with a framework or template on how to grade. The TA's will generally be MBA students that performed extremely well in the class or in some cases PhD students and for every graded assignment or exam, professors are required to allow students an opportunity to refute grades if they believe they were graded unfairly. In general, the core classes are the ones with MBA TA's and I know that all of them were at the top of the class in that particular course. Also, for any answer that is subjective, there will always be someone that finds a reason to refute the grading regardless of who graded. That's why there's always an opportunity to discuss the grading with the professor directly.

Lastly, I think that at the schools that don't have grade non-disclosure (Johnson is unfortunately one of them), too many people focus on grades especially when they don't really matter. For the most part, as long as you don't fail, employers don't care about gpa's. There are obviously exceptions to this, but in my opinion competency can be demonstrated in many other ways (such as answers to technical or case questions during interviews) and time spent stressing out about an "unfair grade" given by a seemingly "unqualified" TA is better spent networking with companies or bonding with classmates. The returns on that (although seen much later) will far outweigh returns seen on the handful of points you think you were unfairly judged on.
_________________

My GMAT Journey: A surprising 730!

My Application experience: Low GPA Success!

Kudos [?]: 233 [0], given: 158

Re: 2nd Year Student TAs Grading?   [#permalink] 11 Dec 2016, 11:39
Display posts from previous: Sort by

2nd Year Student TAs Grading?

  new topic post reply Update application status  


GMAT Club MBA Forum Home| About| Terms and Conditions| GMAT Club Rules| Contact| Sitemap

Powered by phpBB © phpBB Group | Emoji artwork provided by EmojiOne

Kindly note that the GMAT® test is a registered trademark of the Graduate Management Admission Council®, and this site has neither been reviewed nor endorsed by GMAC®.