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    Hey basically what the title says, also I'm in Durham university where the 1st year marks don't count towards the degree so is there any other type of penalty? Is it considered a stigma to retake a 1-2 modules in August of fresher year ?

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    (Original post by Malaks)
    Hey basically what the title says, also I'm in Durham university where the 1st year marks don't count towards the degree so is there any other type of penalty? Is it considered a stigma to retake a 1-2 modules in August of fresher year ?

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    It's never going to be helpful, certainly. Resits will remain on your uni record and might affect the quality of any future job reference if it's an ongoing situation. If you get a reputation for slacking, that can be hard to shake.

    Different matter if you have extenuating circumstances for the resits, such as illness or bereavement at the time of the original exams.
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    So having one bad day basically hunts for the rest of my life, without a chance to ever improve that grade?
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    A lot of unis (if not all) have resits capped to the pass mark of 40%. Which means that if you resit and get a good mark, you'd only get 40%.

    You only have to resit if you had failed the first time round. Unfortunately it's not like A-Level where you could buy resits...
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    So having one bad day basically hunts for the rest of my life, without a chance to ever improve that grade?
    Being blunt - yes, potentially.

    However most unis will have a range of assessment methods for each unit, so if you're weak at exams (like me) then you have the opportunity to balance the marks with things like assessed coursework or an assessed presentation during the year.

    Having said that, failing or getting poor marks in first year exams, is probably the least damaging point at which to do that. If you're otherwise a steady worker and getting decent marks for coursework, then that will even things out over three years.

    But the basic message is that there is no safety net for uni exams. If you fail them without extenuating circumstances, the likelihood is that you will not get higher than a basic pass mark for a resit. If you pass but with a disappointing grade, then you're stuck with it. You cannot decide to resit in order to get a better grade.
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    it's important to do well in first year regardless of whether it 'counts' because it's good practice at working hard, it will be difficult to suddenly step up if you're used to slacking... you also wont know how hard you need to work to get the grade you want... you'll also make a bad impression on your tutors etc and lose the respect of your peers
 
 
 
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