That is but one of the
weak lame cheesy excuses I know each of you has heard when a student chooses to argue his or her case for a better grade. Not good enough, says Clay Spinuzzi, an associate professor of rhetoric at UT-Austin.
If a student is going to argue for a better grade, he or she should at least use some logic. Hence, his blog post including a link to the Google Presentation he has created to teach students how to argue for a better grade. Personally, I like his last line in Step 3 (emphasis mine):
Think in terms of negotiation, not confrontation. The grade is secondary to the real issue: have you learned the material?
Use it at your own risk. Either you will be changing grades due to solid arguments, or you will have less grades challenged. Either way, it is a win-win for both parties.