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There seems still to be doubt in the minds of several instructors as to the advisability of giving out the mid-year marks in their courses. We cannot see why this hesitation should exist. It is only just that men should be given a chance to know how they stand. Often a student finds it quite impossible to tell whether he is doing satisfactory work in lines of study entirely new to him. A man trying for honors, or a scholarship, also, is greatly handicapped by not knowing how an instructor regards his work. He may have failed to understand what was expected of him and could satisfy the instructor only after learning his error. The only argument that we have heard against giving out the marks is that if a lazy man gets a better mark at the mid-years than he expects he may fall off in his work for the rest of the year. Any such indirect benefit to lazy men is far less than the injury to studious men. We have once before called the attention of instructors to this subject and hope that this appeal will not pass unheeded.

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