Have you ever been so close to getting an A in a class that it almost hurts? There’s something about getting 89.5% that’s somehow more painful than just getting a straight-up B, if only because you think of all the “what if” situations where you could have done better. All you can do is cringe and try your best to forget that you weren’t quite good enough.
But this student is proving that he knows how to play the game by turning that almost-A into a solid A-. How, you ask? Reverse psychology at its finest.
Twitter user Neil Pascua sent his teacher this clever email, knowing all too well that no teacher would lower a students grade intentionally.
His teacher admitted it was a new request, since students don’t often ask for worse grades than they already have.
And, just as Neil suspected, his plan worked:
Don’t believe him? Here’s proof.
He eventually had to admit to his teacher what he’d done, but she wasn’t even mad, because she’s a Cool Teacher.
Of course, people on the Internet were in awe of Neil’s plan, either because he was smart enough to think it up or because they were surprised it actually worked.
In fact, some people decided to try Neil’s method to no avail.
And a lot of others didn’t even try, because they knew it wouldn’t work favorably for them.
Oh well, it’s worth a shot anyway. You may not get that A, but at least you know you tried.