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Grades dropping between 1st and 2nd year uni watch

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    Has anyone else noticed that their grades dropped between first and second year?

    In first year the lowest I got was 68 and all my exams, essays and lab reports were first class (not bragging)

    But now I'm in second year all my lab report assignments have been a 2.2 or a low 2.1 (62) at the most. I've looked back on previous lab reports from last year and I'm doing all that I've done last year and more.

    I spent literally 10 hours on a lab report only to get 62. I've looked at the marking criteria and I'm sure I'm meeting it all, I use recent research and critically analyse my experimental procedures and results. I just don't get it.

    Is it normal to go down two degree classifications in between first and second year? I knew it would be more difficult content but I didn't expert the marking to change so drastically.

    I study Biology btw
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    My first year was like 78% and then my 2nd year was 70%, I think this is the case for quite a few people. Some people get complacent and start to step down a gear, which is understandable. I can suggest maybe emailing your tutors/lecturers to find out in more detail on how you can improve your work. Just give them a small summary in bullet points with what you did (they probably won't review your entire work), and perhaps they could give you pointers on what changes you can make to get a higher 2:1 or even a first. That was my approach in my final year of uni and pretty much all my coursework got over 70%. If you don't ask, you'll never know if they'll help you. They are lecturers after all, most of them are willing to help you
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