Bounce Back from a Disappointing Mark

December 3, 2018

So, you have received your assignment result and it is not as good as you expected? Here’s how to bounce back and make improvements for your next submission.

Understand your result

Grades in University are usually lower than in school or college, so your mark may be better than you think!

70% and above – 1st – excellent, this is the highest grade you can get.

60%-69.9% – 2:1 – Very good, keep up the good work, could you push this to a 1st?

50-59.9% -2:2 – good, use your feedback to improve.

40-49.9% – 3rd – pass, use your feedback to improve and explore study skills support.

Under 40% – Fail – speak to your lecturer to understand the impact this result has on the rest of your module/course.

Accept your result

Things did not quite go to plan. You may not be able to change the grade, but you have to forgive yourself. This is just one result of many, so learn from this and move on.

Be honest with yourself

Be honest with yourself. Did you do all of the following things that are necessary to succeed?

  • Manage your time effectively
  • Devise a study plan
  • Proofread your work

Learn from the experience

  • Consider the feedback and note any areas for development
  • Re-read feedback a day or two after you receive it so you can consider any points raised objectively
  • Ensure you take any positive feedback on board
  • Identify the main areas for improvement that will have the most impact on your marks. If you are not sure how to do this, speak to your lecturer or contact Student Development and Study Skills.

This article was written in collaboration between the Progression team and the Student Communications Graduate.
Tell us about how you have used your feedback to improve at progression@southwales.ac.uk

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