Thanks for writing–I always enjoy getting e-mails from my students. However, when you write to me after your final grades have been posted asking “if there’s something [you] can do” to improve your grade, I have to wonder. Are you offering me a bribe? (What do you have that you think I would possibly want? Actually, I’m kind of curious about that–but believe me, you don’t have anything that I want.) Or, are you simply unclear on the concept of final grades?
The only thing you could possibly do at this point is to invent a time machine to take yourself back to August or September, and then come to class every day and do all of the assigned reading and writing assignments. Oh–and reading and following the instructions for essay assignments and exams is a really good idea, too. By writing papers and exams on the assigned topic with the correct number of primary and secondary sources–it’s amazing how easy it is to work your way into the “B” range if you follow the carefully written instructions and submit your work on time.
And, by the way–that’s what makes you different from the students who regularly take home As and Bs. It’s probably not that they’re that much more naturally bright–it’s that they’re more organized. They arrange their lives to make sure they get to class, usually on time, and they make sure to do the homework. They read and follow instructions carefully, and they probably grasp the logic of assessment exercises better than you, because they’ve been doing the reading and showing up to class much more regularly than you have. Maybe they had a first- or second-grade teacher back in the day who kicked their a$$es if they didn’t listen and follow the rules carefully. (Maybe they were just luckier than you in that regard.)
I know this is not the reply you were hoping for. I hate having to write this to you, too–because it’s just another version of the same speech I gave on the first day of class in August. It’s what I’ve been telling you to do all along. (But–maybe you missed those classes, too.)