GRADES : student worries

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It’s been a while since I’ve posted some content on here – okay, it hasn’t been that long but I’m used to saying it. Never the less I’ve been busy with working most days and when I’m not working I’m slowly packing or being completely lazy if I’m perfectly honest – although, I did set up an extension of this blog, a more personal one where you can get to know me instead of just the ‘student’ me (to be honest, there isn’t much of a difference) – if you’d like to check that blog out, head over to this link > JUSTGEORGEJ / PERSONAL. For now, we shall carry on with this article – revisiting a ‘theme’ I haven’t done in a while, that being, STUDENT WORRIES! Because these articles are always great…

Let’s begin. This article is pretty much self explanatory – it’s all about grades. To be honest, I’m surprised it wasn’t something that I’ve covered earlier but here we are. Why am I suddenly covering this topic now? Well, there’s an easy answer there – you know it isn’t going to be easy, STORY TIME.

During my First Year I was achieving 2:1 grades and the occasional 1st – not that I’m blowing my own trumpet or anything. Yes, I know that technically ‘first year doesn’t count towards anything’ but it’s a good way of figuring out the level you’re working at. As Second Year started I was still hitting these grades but a few weeks back, I received my final grades for the year and it turns out I’d finished with a couple of 2:2’s. Now to some people these are good grades and to me, yeah, they are still decent – but not for me. Let me explain – because I was achieving the previous grades, I was confident I was working at that level and knew what I had to do to achieve that but then these grades came through and it hurt me a bit. It knocked my confidence. I don’t need these grades starting to creep up as I enter my Third Year – but at the same time, I’m glad they have because it’s really gave me the kick up the backside that I’ve needed in order to push myself. Boy, aren’t you wondering why I’m drowning on? Let’s get to the point.

The point of this article is to show you that it is never too late to reach for help – even as you approach your third year. With these grades, it’s caused me to reach for a support unit at my university called ‘Learning Development’ and my first meeting with them is tomorrow – I’m a little nervous but I’m finally taking control of these grades and doing something about it. Since First Year and a bit of Second Year my feedback was always the same – that being that my points were good but my expression needed to be improved for this stage of my academic career – now of course, I never did anything about it but continued to receive the same grades and didn’t see a problem with it until it got to this point and thought “damn, I need to do something about this” – therefore, I reached out for the support available to me at university (which isn’t easy for me, I like to believe I can support myself) and am now finally going along the steps to improving my work.

Again, to recap, it doesn’t matter whether you’re in First, Second or Third year. You can always reach out and take the hand of that support that is there at university – don’t be afraid and don’t leave it. If you get feedback you are not sure of, reach out to your tutors or to a learning development style team and get them to talk it through with you and set some goals for yourself and practice – because I’ll tell you now, that’s what I’m going to do.

RANT TIME: College and Sixth Form always claim they are ‘preparing’ you for university and studying but personally, I don’t think they ever did. Well, mine didn’t. I know others are scared about the change and yes, some fall into it, others don’t. The grading system is different and I think that’s why it’s important, when you start, to talk to your tutors or do some research about what they are expecting of you and what you need to do to reach grades and what not so you understand the level of work you need to put in.

Grading at university is different and marking is different across different universities but once you’ve got it, it’s okay. The whole point of this article is to say – don’t be afraid to get support. I know I slightly covered it in another article (here) but it’s covering it again. There are so many support channels are university and seek them out, know what and where they are just in case. If you’re struggling, chances are you aren’t the only one. Seek help and use it! After all, you’re paying for it!

Good luck to all of you first years, second years and third years – most of all, enjoy it!


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