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    Hello Forum,

    I have a question regarding my results for an essay I wrote. The essay required us to examine our own creative practice. To this, I explored the use of religious text as a catalyst for creativity. I laid out a concise narrative by assimilating various texts from Pseudo-Dionysius to Eriugena denoting the nature of 'God' and the world around us. However, my examiner seemed to disregard the entire premise of the essay and instead hit back with countless sources that challenge the ideas presented in these antiquated texts. My argument is that my intention was never to establish an empirical truth but only to explore how such texts have informed my own creative practice. What do you guys think I should do?

    I'm not egocentric and I have always been grateful for harsh feedback. However, in this case I can't help but feel this feedback slightly misses the mark. To say I feel disappointed and let down is an understatement and no doubt my emotional reaction to my mark is a factor in me considering an appeal. This is why I'm wondering what you guys think about this? Also, I'm not religious in anyway, again, I was exploring the literary content of religious text and how it can serve as a catalyst for my own creative output.

    Thanks in advance!
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    (Original post by platos_acid_trip)
    Hello Forum,

    I have a question regarding my results for an essay I wrote. The essay required us to examine our own creative practice. To this, I explored the use of religious text as a catalyst for creativity. I laid out a concise narrative by assimilating various texts from Pseudo-Dionysius to Eriugena denoting the nature of 'God' and the world around us. However, my examiner seemed to disregard the entire premise of the essay and instead hit back with countless sources that challenge the ideas presented in these antiquated texts. My argument is that my intention was never to establish an empirical truth but only to explore how such texts have informed my own creative practice. What do you guys think I should do?

    I'm not egocentric and I have always been grateful for harsh feedback. However, in this case I can't help but feel this feedback slightly misses the mark. To say I feel disappointed and let down is an understatement and no doubt my emotional reaction to my mark is a factor in me considering an appeal. This is why I'm wondering what you guys think about this? Also, I'm not religious in anyway, again, I was exploring the literary content of religious text and how it can serve as a catalyst for my own creative output.

    Thanks in advance!
    You can ask for a marking scheme and see how the mark and feedback compares to it. You can't appeal an academic decision so I would learn from it and move on.
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    I would encourage you, regardless of whether you can appeal the mark scheme, to speak to that lecturer and try to determine why they gave the feedback they did. If possible, a one-on-one session would be great--you can let your passion and knowledge of the subject, as well as the fact that you're genuinely desiring to improve, to come across (never a bad thing, when you're a student and always in the market for reference letters post-grad). You can learn a little bit about how they interpret essay prompts and essays themselves--and then hopefully there's a valid reason why they said what they said and therefore help you understand how to tackle your next big essay.
 
 
 
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