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Mistake in dissertation... Help! :(

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    Can anybody help me?!

    I submitted my dissertation last week, but since I've noticed a mistake which in really worried about (translate, in floods of tears about ha).

    I didn't star one of my significant correlations (and it was a really important one!) in my correlation table - obviously I talked about it being significant in the results section so it's not like I've ignored it, but still, I'm freaking out over it. I've also made a stupid rounding error (forgot to round up in report! But left it at 3 decimals in table by accident so it's obvious ) if it helps I've then gone on to use the correlation results as the basis for another more advanced analysis.

    It's a stupid mistake and it's all my fault, but there was so much to check and I guess I glazed over it at the time

    I'm scared it will be the difference between a first (which I had a shot at) and 2:1, or worse! I'm devastated.

    Is there anything I can do?! It's so annoying to lose a potential grade to an editing/typing mistake! I was so tired and my brain was so full in the last few days before submission that I guess I just didn't see it at the time should I email my tutors? I don't think they'd let me change it but is it worth a shot?! Or should I just hope the markers will understand and not penalise me too much (I strongly suspect they'll notice though, I did on whim yesterday!).

    Our dissertations cap our marks, on track for a first otherwise. What should I do? Am I screwed?!


    Scared, disappointed and now very annoyed at themself, psychology graduate (almost!).

    My guess is that they will neither notice nor care. People will make a load of mistakes and the markers will be used to them; I can't imagine a typo being used as justification for reducing a grade over the 1st/2:1 boundary - they often look for ways to bump people up and over it.
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