A University of Maryland professor has been making students panic semester after semester, all thanks to one excruciatingly painful extra credit question.
At the end of each term, Dr. Dylan Selterman asks his students a question that is probably the thing of nightmares for people with anxiety. Or anyone who needs extra credit, for that matter.
It only now has gone viral after one of his former students posted a screenshot of the question on Twitter. It's been shared more than 5,000 times on the platform.
The question was...
Here you have the opportunity to earn some extra credit on your final paper grade. Select whether you want 2 points or 6 points added onto your final paper grade. But there's a small catch: if more than 10% of the class selects 6 points, then no one gets any points. Your responses will be anonymous to the rest of the class, only I will see the responses.
"I've been doing this exercise every semester since the first time I taught at the college level in 2008," he told 6ABC. "Only one time did students stay under the threshold for the selfish option (I think that was a random fluke)."
Although it appears this professor is just a really sadistic person, he had to answer the question himself while studying at Johns Hopkins University. There's an apparent method behind the madness.
"In reality, if too many people overuse a common resource then everyone in the group suffers, not just the selfish ones," he said. "This is what I want students to learn from the exercise. Their actions affect others and vice versa."
Students, we feel for you.