Academic review board advice?

Discussion in 'Merchant Marine Academy - USMMA' started by btyguy13, Apr 28, 2011.

  1. btyguy13

    btyguy13 New Member

    Apr 28, 2011
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    Good day all,
    I found out I will be facing an ARB for my sea project grades. I failed one project, my main propulsion project. I was very disappointed because I spent alot of time on it and felt i did a good job, my other projects received A's. I wanted to know why I failed and have contacted the grader (who is an adjunct) but received no reply yet. I know several projects which were much worse than mine and passed with flying colors.
    I did not have an interview for any of my projects, which was disappointing to me because I was proud of how much I learned at sea and was actually looking forward to being questioned about the engine room.
    As far as the ARB, my grades plebe year were not great. However, being out at sea made me realize how much this is something I would really like to do for the rest of my life and I have been working much harder this semester. I got outstanding reviews from both my Chiefs and Firsts onboard the ship, have never been stuck or gotten in any sort of trouble here, and will do whatever it takes to remain here in good standing.
    Anyone have any advice on a course of action or what to realistically expect?
    Very much Appreciated.
  2. KPEngineer

    KPEngineer Eternal Father ...

    Oct 21, 2009
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    I`m not privy to the inner workings of the ARB, buuut ... I would advise to not compare your project to others. It has to pass/fail standing on its own. You also really need to find out why you failed so keep trying to get in contact with your grader. Your grades improving I would think would also count in your favor.

    I`m a little surprised too that you are in front of an ARB for one F on a project. Are they cracking down that hard?
  3. kp2001

    kp2001 USMMA Alumnus

    Jun 9, 2006
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    The best advice I can give is to not post any further information on a public forum. I know it is very, very tempting to do so to seek advice/consolation/etc; however, it usually causes more problems than help.

    Other advice is to seek out upperclass/staff who know the process or have possibly gone through one in the past and get their guidance.

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