How to get 80+ on an essay at uni?Watch
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When I work on an essay I get 70-75 on it but never 80 I know 80 is possible, not 90, but definitely 80 is possible and some people do get it. How can you make a 70 essay to an 80? Have you ever gotten 80?
(This is for a masters in Oncology so marking will likely be different for an UG/ humanities)
edit: it was a 1000 word essay
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I'm a first year and just submitted my first essays a week and a half ago. I'm so nervous! I have no idea if they're good or not. I wrote in a similar style to how I did at A-Level, obviously including my own independent reading however I'm not sure if they're good enough. The limit was only 1000 words so I couldn't go into much detail about the studies or concepts being referred to, so I'm worried that the markers won't think I understand the topic and therefore give me a low mark. I spent 4 months working on them and re-read them so many times. How can I make sure my understanding comes through with a low word limit?
90+ is a myth.. the highest ive ever gotten on anything is 89 on an exam that was 99% recycled past paper qs.
Universities use RAW/UMS marks. You know like in A levels. But our uni doesn’t (Edinburgh) . Idk if that helps things.
I didn't drop below an 80 in my final year, but I chose my modules to basically guarantee that (played to my specialisms). I have given a couple of 80s in my latest batch of marking. The main things are to be coherent, reference well, format well, have an original argument, or an argument with signs of some originality. But that's only philosophy, can't speak for others.
Maybe it varies by university.
80 is nice, but a bonus. Marking is also highly subjective; although marks are moderated or perhaps even double-marked, a high first might be marked at 75 by one grader and 80 by another. It's not really something you can aim at.
I think I got one mark of 80 at undergrad, in my dissertation, and a couple in taught units at masters. My advice is just aim to write excellent essays every time; make 70 your target and just write as well as you can. Eventually you'll produce something great and have the marks to show it. Don't worry if you never get an 80 - it's exceptional and highly variable by marker/institution.
"Good use of headings and organization of information. Your paper was very easy to follow and the perfect length!"
Often we, especially in social sciences, want to write in a poetic or interesting way, but concise and methodological organization will get you points with the marker.
Always aim for the maximum length or slightly less, while still being concise. Edit out everything that isn't necessary. For a 2000 word essay, I've often written 3000 only to edit out 1000 unnecessary words. Minimum length essays tend to get lower marks.
Do some relevant "above and beyond" research to show you've really done your work. It can also help you add novel points in your paper that other students won't have. Creative angles that distinguish your paper from the possibly hundreds of other essays, a mark of idiosyncrasy, will definitely help your mark.