The last few weeks of the spring semester are usually the time when your professor starts to enter grades onto ICON. With each Canvas notification, you slowly begin to realize your choice to scroll through wedding dress Pinterest pages instead of answering the daily discussion questions had major consequences. Have no fear, we’ve compiled a list of helpful ways to make your participation grade skyrocket!
6.) Begin shouting the “FIGHT FOR IOWA” chant in class:
This is a surefire way to improve your grade! No matter the class, this chant will incite spirit in your instructor. Before you know it, they’ll be clap-jumping over to the computer to turn that 79 into a 98!
5.) Use your Clicker for Morse Code:
This one is perfect for larger lectures in Tippie or McBride where it’s easy to go unnoticed by the lecturing professor up front. However, answering every Clicker question in Morse Code is guaranteed to capture the attention of a greasy, rumpled, roaming TA! Even if you simply click “S.O.S” for each answer, the fact that you spent time learning the code is impressive enough and will definitely boost your grade.
4.) Scream when other students are called on:
UIowa is a competitive school. Students want to boost those Ds to Cs just as bad as you do. A quick, easy way to break through the competition is to simply use your vocal range to take other students out of the running. When Troy from Mass Comm tries to answer a question in class, scream at the top of your lungs! Nice try, Troy — we’ll see who gets on the Dean’s List this semester.
3.) Bring a bunch of friends with you to class:
There’s power in numbers. Create a group text with John, Jacob and Jamie and plan out a day for them to attend your psychology discussion section! Their presence in the classroom will give you the confidence you need to participate and afterwards, you can all go out to Bruegger’s Bagels and split a poppy seed four ways. You get by with a little help from your friends!
2.) Laugh insanely loud at your professor’s jokes:
“I KNOW what thirsty Thursday is” or “isn’t this Moby Dick plot point…fishy?” are just two of the jokes your professor might make to show your class that he’s cool, not scary, and that his office hours are most definitely open. Nothing makes these PhD babies boost your grade quicker than a completely fabricated, jubilant laugh that’s motivated by an entirely selfish desire.
1.) Announce that you’re entering the classroom:
If you’re a quieter student who only really comes alive after pre-gaming for CAB events, get your talking points in by announcing your arrival for class each day. For example: “TAYLOR SMITH IS HERE” will make you stand out in your professor’s mind. All attention is good attention, right?
Using these methods is a surefire way to boost your participation grade, hopefully making you a happy Herky, gyrating up and down the 50-yard-line by the end of the semester.
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