So, firstly, teaching in my school is getting worse and worse every year. And most of the teachers legit suck at teaching so me and most of my friends are basically self studying. So I decided to ask my questions here since when I ask my teachers they tell me that they’re not sure and will let me know once they find out about it... and never even touch on that again.
So question #1:
In high school, do your semester 1 grades affect your final report card grades? I’m asking because because, for example for physics HL, not only the grade boundaries are different in semester 1 and 2, but also the weighings are calculated differently (in sem 1, hw, class tests, lab reports, and semester exams are 25% each of the semester grade. In sem 2, hw is 10%, tests are 35% and etc). So idk how they’re calculate the final grade if semester 1 grades do affect them.
Do the teachers have the right to change the pre-set boundaries? Our science department already has pre-set boundaries for grades 11 and 12. However, the chem (I’m not in chem) teacher lowered his semester exam boundaries after he saw that only 2-3 people got a 6 and no one got a 7. After he changed, a lot of students got bumped up to a 7 (in some cases students who got a 5 ended up with a 7). On the other hand, my physics teacher didn’t even consider changing the boundaries even tho only 2-3 got a 5, the rest got below 5. So I feel like it’s unfair that one class changed the boundaries while the other one didn’t even tho they’re in the same science department. Is it worth talking to a teacher and asking him to change grade boundaries?
Teacher wants to grade a lab report as a semester 2 task, even tho we did that in semester one, is he allowed to do that?
What to do if your teacher is like really bad... like idk how else to say that... really bad. We found more than 5 mistakes in his grading of the semester exam and everyone (7 out of 7 students) wants a different teacher. At this point, we’re basically self studying in his class with headphones on, and he lectures to... no one. Pls help.
If my predicted grades are high (about 39-40) but my gpa isn’t 4.0, do I still have a chance to get into top tier uni considering if I do decently in SATs? My gpa is looking like 3.8. Would that be enough if my essays are good?
Sorry for a long essay (why can’t I write this much in an essay?). But I hope for your help. Any help/tips is appreciated. Good luck to me and my fellow IB students.