0.5 off grade boundaryWatch
I've spent three years doing an MSc and have hated every second of it. I've had issues all the way along with staff members, from some being rude and just downright horrible, to others who just gave us zero support or help on anything. My final year was doing a dissertation, we were told we could have a maximum of 5 hours time with our supervisor over the year and emails would count for this. My supervisor in particular took months to reply to emails and wouldn't answer calls so I ended up feeling so alone and panicked as I had no idea what I needed to do. I raised a complaint with the uni and nothing was done. I ended up on antidepressants because of the stress of it. I got my marks back for the full course and overall I got 69.5 giving me a merit.
Now don't get me wrong, I KNOW a merit and this score is good. I'm not in denial about that. However, to be 0.5 away from a distinction has really really upset me. My family keep telling me to be proud and I am proud of what I've done but I feel cheated and hurt at the same time. I've asked for an appeal and been told no. They also won't round up half a mark. I just feel completely let down and feel like I can't go to graduation and watch my peers graduating with distinction because it's painful. I'm aware I sound dramatic but I just wanted to know if anyone else can understand this?? I think just to know someone else has felt the same might help?
Student life, in partnership with UEA
Well done all the same.
Of course everyone can understand your frustration. Half a point is nothing in absolute terms but in this case it's everything, or at least to you. Watching others who got the distinction when you didn't is painful and that's human, BUT grade boundaries are there for a reason and by constantly rounding up degrees hold less and less value. Rather than asking yourself why they didn't give you that extra half point, ask yourself what paragraph or chapter could have been better written. When you're 100% honest with yourself you'll find the reality of your grade easier to accept and you'll be better equipped to face the real world without the need for anti depressants when things start getting complicated.
Well done all the same.
By letting just about everybody believe that the excel we have let a generation down. Not getting straight A*'s is looked down upon and leads some students to suffer anxiety, and those that really should stand out for their capabilities are given equivalent grades to students that have significantly underperformed them.
If your appeal was not maintained there is a reason for it. And even if you'd got 80% then there is still room for improvement so that the paragraph stating that rather than focusing on where the tutor was harsh,but rather where you could improve remains valid.