Uni marks all over the place

Discussion in 'education & employment' started by Looby, Jun 27, 2018.

  1. Looby

    Looby Well-Known Member

    I’ve just got my final grade back for second year and I’m feeling really pissed off with myself. I scraped a first last year (which doesn’t count) and apart from one essay which I tanked I got firsts for everything.

    I wasn’t expecting that this year but my marks vary so much I don’t really know where I am or whether I’m on track or not. The lowest is 55 and highest 71. I know some of it is sour grapes because I really wasn’t expecting 2:2s this year and I can do better but a lot of people seem to be in the same position.

    I don’t know if I’ve missed something with certain assignments or if the marking is actually inconsistent. Some of it was really fucking harsh!

    Is this normal and do I need to just suck it up?
    I think this year counts for 30% so I can possibly pull it back but it makes me worry for 3rd year. I need to get a 2:1 in case I want to do a masters.
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  2. Pickman's model

    Pickman's model Every man and every woman is a star

    If you are particularly unhappy about a mark ask for it to be sent to the external examiner. In my albeit limited experience they will be happy to do this. I did this for some coursework for my librarianship degree and my mark rose to what I'd expected it would be.
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  3. kalidarkone

    kalidarkone Up to my knees in amniotic fluid

    What are you studying? What Pickmans says. Have you read your feedback? Have you been given written feedback?
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  4. Looby

    Looby Well-Known Member

    I’m not sure if I am but I feel like the effort I put in and what I’m capable of isn’t reflected in some of the marks I got so I’m worried that I’m missing something.
  5. Looby

    Looby Well-Known Member

    Social work. Yeah, read all the feedback and some of it makes sense but some seems very harsh.

    I think I’m going to try and see my academic advisor, see what she says and go from there.

    I think I’m pissed off because I hoped for more and I’m very harsh on myself. For me, a 2:2 is a failure. I haven’t worked out my overall mark for the year yet, I’m too annoyed.
  6. Athos

    Athos Well-Known Member

    Upgraded to a 2:2 in your shusssshing module?
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  7. Pickman's model

    Pickman's model Every man and every woman is a star

    Look in your course handbook where they may outline what constitutes a first class essay, what a 2.1 and what a 2.2. If you believe afterwards your work merits a higher grade talk to the course tutor and explain why. The difference may be explained by your footnotes, your bibliography and your use of sources. You won't lose anything by taking it up with them and they can outline how you might appeal the mark at your uni.
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  8. Looby

    Looby Well-Known Member

    Got anything constructive to contribute?
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  9. Pickman's model

    Pickman's model Every man and every woman is a star

    No, I had to design a website in xhtml with certain specified working features. My website had all these and my accompanying commentary was strong. The mark went from a 57 pass to a 64 merit.

    E2A there are no 2.2s in taught pg degrees
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  10. Looby

    Looby Well-Known Member

    Will do, thanks.
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  11. Athos

    Athos Well-Known Member

    This. If you really think you've been wrongly marked, you'll kick yourself if you're a coupe of marks short of what you want are the end of the course. Nothing to lose.
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  12. danny la rouge

    danny la rouge Warning: posts may cause vasovagal presyncope

    This. Where students marks are really all over the place it's usually because they're not following the criteria. They may know their stuff but aren't demonstrating it the right way. It really is quite formulaic. Follow the formula.
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  13. chilango

    chilango *shrugs*

    Over the years my marks have tended to be mostly 1sts with a sprinkling of 2:1s at undergrad, but at the same time I managed z 3rd in one module which automatically disqualified me from the 1st I averaged :mad: and then in pistgrads largely merits and distinctions but again a recent module was only a pass. In my current masters I think there's 20% between my best and worst marks :mad:

    "Little things" like fucking up a reference (should've been APA, accidentally left as MLA or something) or missing a typo seem to really hit my grades.

    It's annoying, but goes with the territory IME.
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  14. littlebabyjesus

    littlebabyjesus one of Maxwell's demons

    Is 60 a 2:1? Sounds like you might have that, no?

    If not, you'll be very close, so all to play for next year.

    I understand why you're annoyed, but as others have said, find out what was the difference between your 71 and your 55, say, so that you have it clear in your head what you need to do next year to make sure you're comfortably into 2:1 territory at least.
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  15. Looby

    Looby Well-Known Member

    Yeah I think overall I’ll be a low to mid 2:1 which is fine but it’s not where I thought I’d be. I’ll lick my wounds and then get on with enjoying my summer.
  16. Looby

    Looby Well-Known Member

    The main different I can find at the moment is the assignments I write the night before seem to get far better marks than the ones I sweat for weeks over.
  17. Supine

    Supine Rough Like Badger

    Nowt wrong with a Desmond but it's a multi year battle to get a 2.1 or more so just keep going.
  18. Looby

    Looby Well-Known Member

    I have to beat Mr Looby’s 2:2 or I’ll have to divorce him if I don’t because I’ve told him I will for years.
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  19. PippinTook

    PippinTook Enforced holiday

    I'd second this.
    It happened me with a music essay. I worked my socks off and produced an excellent essay which was marked a B.
    I was just not happy and went to ask why it was not an A. As I had been getting As all along.
    It was sent to an external examiner and the grade moved to an A.
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  20. Supine

    Supine Rough Like Badger

    Well you certainly seem to have the motivation!
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  21. Miss-Shelf

    Miss-Shelf I've looked at life from both sides now

    Pick man's has good advice.
    Also, have a look at discrepancies between comments and the mark. Eg 55 but comments like very good etc. This can sometimes be enough to ask for a re-mark.
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