It is, quite obviously, very important to understand an assignment’s instructions. It is also, perhaps not intuitively obvious, that you learn how to talk with a professor.
This morning as I was looking over one of my online courses, there was a person who had misunderstood the instructions for turning in a rough draft. (Please note that he was the only person in a class of 25 people who did not “get it” with regard to the instructions and this was the fourth mandatory rough draft for an assignment this term . You would have thought he would have things figured out by now.)
He blamed me. He insulted me. He castigated me in a forum the entire class could see. It was not, it goes without saying, a good approach to solving his problem.
So how do you handle the situation if you made a mistake or simply did not understand? You should email the professor privately, and nicely ask for clarification. If you absolutely need to use a common forum, you should ask politely for clarification.
There is a nice way to do things. Sadly, he does not know what it is. Have you got an example of how to work with a professor? I would love to hear your experiences.