Making the grade on Bible Study assignments

How to meet expectations: Ten suggestions as you work on the weekly reading assignments in Introduction to Biblical Literature

"The unfolding of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple . . . Your promises have been thoroughly tested, and your servant loves them" -- Psalm 119:130, 140

  1. Write legibly. Penmanship -- in and of itself -- is not graded. However, if you are turning in something that is handwritten, make it readable. Handwriting that is too poor to read will not help your grade.
  2. Neatness counts. While the clarity of organization and "look" of your finished product is technically not graded, it does make a difference in the attention that is naturally/instinctively given to your assignment.
  3. Answer the questions. Your insight and clarification is important. Sometimes, however, students write a page of "stuff" without ever actually answering the questions that were asked.
  4. Stick with what the text says. Don't throw in common assumptions. For instance, the Bible does not say Adam ate an apple; it was a "fruit." Granted, this particular example is not a major issue, but some assumptions can lead to major issues!
  5. Proofread! Don't make inattentive and "ignore-ant" mistakes1. For example, when the assignment instructions give a man's name as Abel, do not write Able. Such errors may give the impression that you did not really do the reading!
  6. Staple the pages. If you don't staple your pages together, they may get separated and lost.
  7. Look to improve. If you didn't get 50 points out of 50 possible points [or close to it] and you want to get 50/50 points:
    1. Ask me what you need to do.
    2. Find someone in the class who got a 50/50 and ask them what they did to earn 50/50 points.
  8. Keep the papers that are returned to you. As hard as we try -- as diligent as we are -- errors do creep into grade books. You will need your papers to correct errors when we make an error entering one of in your grades.

1"Ignore-ant" means you're IGNORING stuff!

Based on instructions written by Professor Marty Michelson. [ sermon ideas from Professor Michelson ]

"Your word is a lamp for my feet,
   a light on my path.
-- Psalm 119:105

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