Making Up Waived & Excused Requirements
Every student is allowed to have one low pset score and one low
midterm score dropped if they submit makeup work described
below. The three dropped class participation grades need not be made
up. Additional work or classes that gets excused for legitimate
reasons such as illness, unavoidable professional conflicts or out of
town varsity competitions, must also be made up.
Note that pset solutions are posted shortly after they are due, and
extensions for late submissions are not allowed once
solutions have been posted.
Students may choose to do a makeup for more than one midterm (say
because a later midterm came out worse) or pset, but only one lowest
score will be dropped.
The same makeup procedure (described below) applies for psets, exams
and four or more class participation scores.
Students should arrange makeups with their team
coaches. Makeups for excused classes beyond three, for Psets
and for midterms are expected within about a week after scores are
released. Extensions beyond a week can be approved by team coaches,
but coaches have been instructed not to allow open-ended makeup
Writeups that do not reflect reasonable attention to the material
being made up will be returned to students for further work. When
satisfactory makeup work has been completed, coaches will notify the
Gradesmaster to drop the low grade.
Participation Makeup. This should consist of a
written commentary (see below) on the day's class material that
reflects an engagement comparable to that required to prepare
for, and participate in, class. A commentary of one or two
pages reflecting 2 to 2.5 hours work would be typical.
PSet Makeup. A commentary of two or three pages
reflecting 2.5 to 3.5 hours work would be typical for a missed
pset. Students may also do makeup for a submitted pset whose
grade is the one they want dropped; in this case they need only
make up the parts that lost points.
Midterm Makeup. The guidelines for midterm makeup are
the same as for psets.
Makeup Commentary Guidelines
The student should should review the problems and solutions. It is
generally not useful for a student simply
to write up their own attempt at solutions. Instead, they should
indicate, for example, if they:
- believe they would have solved the problem on their own,
outlining their approach and including a commentary on how it
compares to the given solution,
- learned something they didn't quite know (indicate what),
- remain uncertain about the solution, indicating the uncertainty
as specifically as they can,
- think the problem highlighted an important concept---or, to
the contrary, hinged on just a technicality, briefly explaining
why they think so,
- think the problem was too hard/long/easy for its place on a
class problem/pset/exam, briefly explaining why they think
- can suggest an improved version of the problem or soln, OR
- can suggest an alternative version for future use.
If a student comes to class 15 to 45 minutes late (without prior
warning and excuse), they can expect a participation grade of at most
1. Grade will be 0 for more than 45 min lateness.
Repeated lateness of any kind is not consistent with a team-study
based class like 6.042. A preceding class being "far away" or
running overtime are not acceptable excuses. In these
circumstances, students should notify the instructor of the
preceding class at the start of that class that they have to leave
precisely on time (which by Institute rules, is 5 min before the
hour or half-hour) in order to get to 6.042. They can explain to
that instructor that 6.042 has required attendance and penalties
Students should consult with their coach or an instructor to have a