Thanh Nguyen

ESSAY 7: DO GRADES ENCOURAGE LEARNING?

Posted on: April 3, 2009

Do you agree or disagree with this following statement?

Grades (marks) can encourage students to learn.

Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.

Some teachers think that grades are very necessary because it can encourage students to learn. I definitely agree with them. I firmly believe that grades can motivate students to learn.

Firstly, most students in all school are very interested to attending a good college in order to get a good job after graduating. Without good grades, it is obviously impossible for them to attend good college. That’s why every student has a desire to earn good grades, and it encourages them to try harder. For example, my math teacher asked her students to prepare for their next lesson at home. However, my friends knew that they won’t get grades if they prepare for the lesson or not so no one prepared. The teacher was very angry about this so she gave every student an ‘F’. Since then, every time she asks us to prepare for class, we do it very carefully. Grades clearly motivated students to learn more.

Secondly, students are often inspired to get good grades because they want to raise their level in class. We can easily see that many popular students in school have outstanding grades and they often earn respect and admire of other students. They also receive awards and prizes for their good work. Otherwise, students with poor grades are often made fun of or left out by other students. Sometime, they are even called “idiot” or “thick head”. Therefore, those students feel pressure to get good grades because they don’t want to be treated like that. This encourages the slow students to work harder and stimulates some other students to get awards in order to get along with the excellent students. Overall, grades make students to learn harder in one way or the other.

Grades are clearly an important factor encourage students to learn. They help students to attend good college and also help them to work harder. Grades definitely have an important role in education.

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