Today I received two of my essays back, both which I'd worked pretty hard on. I got 48% in one and 53% in the other.
I was told by a tutor that 48% is still in what they call the 'top band' to be able to major in the subject next year.
I got some good comments, although I was told I quote too much, and they both stated it was clear I had researched well.
I just feel disappointed, especially with the one at 48%. I'm worried I won't be able to do well in my degree, which seems silly, but it's how I feel.
Has anyone else felt like this?
Try asking your tutors if there is any way you can take a look at some first/2:1/2:2 level essays from previous years, just to get an idea of the sort of level you should be working at. And be sure to read the assessment guidelines - if you make a note of what the first/2:1 levels need and be sure to follow that in your essay writing then that should help. And answer the question!
You can write a really good essay but if it doesn't answer the question and follow what the assessment guidelines want then you won't get good marks.
My two cents.
You can't forget either that at A level we're used to thinking that 70% + or whatever will get an A is good, whereas at uni the boundaries are lower and to get a first is outstanding work, requiring something quite extraordinary and not just hard work.
no big deal, it's a learning curve!
I'm told that no-one in my Law & State set received below a 2:1 for our first essay; which is reassuring, provided it wasn't marked by the tutor herself (who is, truth be told, a bit of a plank).
I seem to be getting worse - 65 for my first, 69 for my second, 55 for my third...eugh, but unless something goes horribly wrong, I'll still get a 2:1 overall for this term!! It'll do for the first term...
You're at Lancaster aren't you? I know LUSU run an essay bank thing...don't know much about it but you can look at essays which got a first or a 2.1, maybe that'll give you an idea about how you can improve? I think my first essay I got about a 50 on but then I did another over Christmas and managed to get a 60. Like others have said, don't be disheartened it just takes a while to get used to the fact that a 60 at degree level is a lot better than a 60 was at A Level!
Also check the feedback for your essay. Have you made any mistakes, like not referencing properly? That can lose you a few marks and is something that can easil be improved on.
My uni gives grades for some reason, and says they turn the grades into a percentage and averages them out..
what percentage is an A and B, anyonnnne? examples?