Dazha Austin | Staff Writer
Midterms, finals, then the semester is over. This may sound easy right until you receive your final grades and they are not what you hoped they would be.
“My grades don’t define my intelligence” tends to float around social media near the time final grades are distributed. Many people claim that they are capable of getting good grades, but would rather exert their intelligence in other ways. These people neglect the fact that it is possible to strive for both.
Devan Boutte, a freshman, flight education major from Atlanta, believes that grades should be based on ability. “We have to take into consideration other factors that may affect students’ grades, such as learning disabilities. I struggle with ADHD. I may not always be able to perform well, but it’s about my motivation.”
Boutte continued on to note the inaccuracy of standardized tests. “Standardized tests do not tell how smart people are, you can just study for the test and perform well,” Boutte said.
Performance plays an equal role in gauging intelligence levels. High grades reflect more than just test scores. It shows characteristics like determination and a strong work ethic. “If you’re doing all the work and putting in the time to study and remember it you should be able to execute when it’s time for the test,” said Kayla Bouknight, a sophomore biology major from Accokeek, Maryland.“If you have the ability to do it then why not just do it? You get out as much as you put in. Just saying yes, I know how to do that is not enough to provide validation.”
Others just agree that both ability and performance play a factor and role in the grading system. Keith Tukes, a graduate student studying physics from Norfolk, Virginia claims he’s gone through a course and gotten an A because he studied. “But I studied for the test and did not necessarily retain all the information. But I had to perform well to receive that grade.”
Professor Margaret Browning of the Aviation Department at Hampton University believes that it is neither your ability nor your performance that go into play but your competency. “Grades should be based on the students using and applying the knowledge, rather than just reciting it.”
Students should still study harder and complete all work on time and perform their best, day in and day out to get the best grade possible. Hopefully, the things you are learning now, will one day become your profession. You already know the material so just perform to the best of your ability and show everyone how great you are.