grade-grubbing

grade-grubbing

1. noun Of a student, the act of working intently, and primarily, on getting good grades. I know some of the kids in my class are grade-grubbing and only want to get an A above all else.
2. noun The act of trying to persuade a teacher to change one's grade, as through flattery or questioning. All the grade-grubbing needs to stop—that question is not misleading, and I'm not changing any of your grades.
3. adjective Describing a student who is solely focused on getting good grades. You're bound to get a few grade-grubbing students who just want an A and don't really care about the material.

grade-grubbing

1. n. working hard at one’s studies in hopes of a high grade. If all you’re here for is grade-grubbing, you’re going to miss a lot.
2. n. flattering a teacher in hopes of a higher grade. Some teachers don’t mind a lot of grade-grubbing.
3. mod. having to do with students who are only concerned with getting high grades. Two grade-grubbing seniors came in and begged me to change their grades.
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I taught at Ivy League schools and was profoundly unimpressed with the test-taking, grade-grubbing students I found there.
To address that question of comparison and to counter those issues of perceived subjectivity and intense "grade-grubbing," I strive to be fair and consistent in my grading, not just in my honors courses but throughout all my teaching.
Faculty may benefit if they are more forthcoming in their classes on the purposes of a college education as they perceive it and not play into the "grade-grubbing" emphasis that seems such a part of the academy.