Sorry, I read my post and it was reall rambling, so I wanted to summarize.
My teacher gave me an extension for a project couched in a really insulting email that basically called me a disorganized procrastinator.
The chain if events was
- I tried to install the program. Get it done early!
- He assigned the program for installation and the first project.
- It didn't work. I didn't contact him because I didn't think he could help. This was later proved by him not being able to help when I did ask about it.
- I contacted him the day before the project was due to say I didn't have it and I gave him an update on my problems with installation. I specifically stated that I was not asking for an extension, but that I wanted to keep him informed.
- I continued to try to install. I had problems. Another assignment was assigned
- I finished intallation 2ish days (technically 2 days b/c of date, but not even close to 48 hours) before project was due it was a 2 week assignment.
- I tried to do the project. Had a problem. Problem was something stupid. It had also for most of 3-4 days made me think the install was done wrong (Again). I asked him for confirmation of the problem when I thought I had pinpointed it. This was the due date.
- That was the problem. He gave an extension of about 1/2 a day. Now I could really start the project.
- I asked a question about what the project was supposed to do because the description was so breif and my results so strange that I didn't know if I was doing the assignment wrong or if my understanding of the theory was wrong.
- Extended due date passed. Still wasn't done.
- He replied. Answered my question, sorta. Gave an extension. Basically called me a unorganized procrastinator. Had terms like "buy a notebook, and get organized" and "you could at least meet me half way and start projects earlier"
Point is: I was glad I didn't follow through with my first instinct to respond to his rather long e-mail. It probably would have sounded really defensive, and possibly made things worse. However I don't know if I should make any mention of anything when I turn in the projects or just suck it up thank him for his generosity as if he hadn't said anything.
What do you think?
Original below - not really necessary to read.
Someone is doing me a rather large favor. Frankly it was from a teacher on a sort-of online class. I can participate in lectures but can't get to the campus.
So we had some projects and I could not get the software installed. There wasn't much he could do remotely to help get it installed and the one time (later) I did ask a question his response didn't help at all. So I was just kind of chugging along when I could using the online community to get stuff set up. The first time I contacted him was to tell him that I wasn't able to install it but that I was working on it. This was the day before the project was due. I wanted him to know that I wasn't lazy, I was working on it, but I wouldn't be able to complete the project. My attitude was along the lines of "This sucks, but stuff happens". I specifically told him I was not asking for an extension, I was just keeping him informed. I got it installed about a week and a half later (it could take 5+ hours to run/install and that was if my computer didn't overheat while it happened). In the time it took me to get this installed the first hw/project had been due and the second was due about 24-48 hours out (about 7% of our grade each).
So with the program working I was trying to learn to use it and do the project. I asked him a question that I couldn't find the answer to online. This was like a "Do I need to move the mouse to click a link?" kinda question. Something that everyone assumes the users know how to do. But once it was answered I was working again. He gave me an extra half a day to do the work (very nice). But I couldn't get it done. I asked some questions that came up as I was doing the project that, with no experience, I had thought I had a decent grasp on before. I did not ask for an extension. And let him know what happened.
My plan was then "study hard for the midterm/final and make sure the big project is done well" and I could pull a b-/c in the class. Not ideal, but I was okay with that. So then I got an e-mail. He offered to extend it to out over the weekend for a penalty, but this came in a rather insulting e-mail about how I should "buy a notebook", get better organized, and maybe even read the book. I can see how he'd think that I was just a really bad procrastinator based on when everything fell. But
Frankly if I'd known the class would turn out like this (installation problems aside it is HARD - now I know why 50%+ of the class is auditing. Good topic, hard class)...I'd have taken a different course. The required class I'm having more trouble with than usual and the other elective I'm taking requires more hours than I think it should to go over the material. I can't read math, so it is slow
going. Anyways, it is too late to switch and I wanna graduate gosh darnit.