In professional football, there is a replay rule. If you think a referee has made an incorrect call, you can
ask that the tape be replayed. If you are right, there is no penalty. If you are wrong, however, you pay
by losing a timeout. This helps move the game along as well as remove the temptation to badger the
refs for reconsideration.
I wish we could impose the replay rule. As an instructor, I just don't have the time to regrade
everything. It is just too time consuming, but more importantly it isn't fair. Let me explain. Some
students will pester the instructor for absolutely every point that was lost, regardless of the justification.
Students that do that routinely often get undeserved points just because the instructor is tired of arguing
about points. This is unfair to the students who don't make a nuisance of themselves. When I am
grading and I see a mistake, I must assign a point value to the mistake. It is personal decision how I
count it. Mistakes aren't linear in nature. You just have to assign a point value to them. It could be that
one of several decisions would be perfectly reasonable, BUT after you do make a decision and grade
all the class tests based on that criteria, you can't change one persons score just because they think a
different point distribution would have been more appropriate. It isn't fair to the rest of the class.
If there has been a mistake, I want you to point it out to me. But asking that every single question you
missed be regraded, wastes both your time and mine and will not result in increased points. In addition,
it disadvantages you in the future when you come to me with a genuine concern. I become so used to
discounting your pleas, that a real concern might be discounted as well.
In addition, I do not have time to go through your entire test explaining what the answer should have