for me, i appreciate harsh marking because it means that if i do get a harsh marker in the actual exam, it will reflect the gradr that i will actually get.
however, i also like to know when i have actually done well, rather than being **** on for good work thats not bad.
my teacher graded my sociology paper at a D but i honestly thought it was at least a C or a B. and this is not me being conceeded, as my whole class also thought they did well as we followed our teachers structure and used valid content but we all got Ds. i just feel like my work is a lot better than its been represented as, and it looks really bad on paper, when actually i worked really hard in the lead up and didnt waste any time in the exam.
our teacher showed us an example 40 mark question, where the person had written an introduction and 1 paragraph, and they got 20 or so marks. and in my exam i wrote 6 detailed paragraphs and an intro and conclusion and i also got around 20 marks so how could i possibly have also gotten half on that question when you can get 20 marks for spouting ********? (and i can confirm none of what i wrote was ******** lol)
I was consistently under graded during my AS year, believing myself to be working at low B grades in my subjects only to receive As in my AS exams and then in my actual A Levels. I feel that it stressed me out unnecessarily, my response to which wasn't to revise more but to sit watching netflix feeling hopless and anxious. It also gave me an incorrect picture of my university prospects. In the months leading up to my AS results I was researching in depth universities that would be attainable with the sort of results I had been receiving with my marks in classes, then had to re-evaluate once I saw what I actually got, which was quite stressful.
It does help me I guess, makes me want to be that much more precise. Exams have changed and so have the specs. I think it's the same for all subjects that the specs are even more precise? So, you'll appreciate the harsh marking in the end