I feel like I waste too much time on the wrong parts of lab reports.... So I have a tendency to write a ton in my lab reports in the theory sections...we're talking 5-6 pages or more on theory. I enjoy doing this because it gives me the chance to kinda explain the concepts in my own words to reinforce my understanding...I don't do it necessarily to get a good grade....but I a professor of mine came to me and said writing so much theory is unnecessary and I should put more time into my data analysis. This may be true, but it seems all of my profs just do not appreciate my in depth theory sections, and sometimes it feels like I am just wasting my time, when other people are putting in a quarter of the time in their lab reports and getting the same grades. Kinda dissappointing. I try my best to impress my profs and make a good impression, but sometimes I feel like I am not effective in this, despite my hard work. I also figure, if it is obvious from my report that I put a lot of effort into it and understand the concepts that the professor could cut me some slack when I make a typo here and there, or if I don't demonstrate a certain calculation. On my latest lab report, I recieved a 92%, but I spent about 8 hours spread over two days on it. I think my grade should be a 94% though, since he only took off 6 points throughout the report...I don't know where the other 2 points went....he either made a mistake, or he just feels I deserve a 92%, which I don't think is the case. I frequently feel like my GPA (~3.4) just doesn't reflect my effort and knowledge. I learn everything as thoroughly and deeply as possible and never come out ahead with anything. Quite depressing. I understand grades aren't everything, but if I want to go to grad school and my GPA doesn't reflect my knowledge, I get kinda frustrated. So, I guess I am just looking for people that have gone though this type of thing. Anyone out there feel that their grades just do not reflect their understanding and knowledge of their subject matter? I just hope things work out in the end for me, and sometimes I feel as if I am just going nowhere and it is frustrating. Thanks.