If you have earned an A in a college course, would you complete any unfinished work?

If you have earned an A in a college course, would you complete any unfinished work? Topic: Grading rubric for writing essays
July 19, 2019 / By Cassia
Question: This is the end of my first semester at a community college. I'm wondering if there might be any benefit (aside from potential knowledge) to completing unfinished work for a class if I've already earned myself an A. There really isn't an A- or A+ in college, is there (concerning GPA)? I have an essay I could write that is an actual assignment but I don't need the score. I'm sure I would still get an A even if I do not complete it. So I'm just curious to ask anyone out there: would you complete it? For some reason it still feels wrong if I just take a zero on it. Have you ever been in this situation? The reason I'm sure that I have an A is because the grading rubric clearly states that 1440+ is an A for the class, and I've already earned 1450. The max possible is 1600, but even if I do not add the score of the assignment it will not drop the 1450 I already have.
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Ann Ann | 1 day ago
I'd complete it - because I'm a learning-nerd and wouldn't want to miss whatever I'm supposed to learn from the essay. I'm a bit particular about my education and don't accept 0 grade work from myself. And yes, some colleges/courses have A+, A, and/or A- grading and those do indeed impact your GPA. It's very possible, in some courses, to calculate the relative value of a single assignment and then determine that you can blow one off and still have an A - especially if it's not a very higher percentage of the overall grade. It's risky though - it assumes that your calculations have been accurate and that you won't need that assignment for something else. The most important reason to do it is for the learning. Even if what you're learning is to complete assigned tasks. Consider whether you're in college to learn things or to earn grades. If it's the latter then you're wasting your time and money - if it's to learn things then the grades don't really matter, learning things matters. Many of your classmates will say "why bother - just get the grade and the diploma, that's what matters" but they're wrong. That's why so many people have a diploma and no job - they didn't bother to learn things while getting that diploma. ☺
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