Tuesday, 17 February 2015

University | Dealing with a Disappointing Grade

It happens to everyone at least once during your university life; receiving a grade you are disappointed in. It never happened to me in first year, or second year so when it did a few weeks ago in third year, its safe to say I was upset. I have been sitting quite comfortably on a 2:1 since first year, despite getting a couple of thirds and 2:2's in first year. In Second year, my lowest mark was a 62 so you can imagine my upset when I got a 58 on an essay, especially as I had tried so hard.

What do you do when you receive a grade you aren't happy with?

One/ Take a step back. Will this really impact my whole grade for the year? The likelihood is that it won't affect you that dramatically.

Two/ Talk to your tutors. As I was unhappy with my grade, I decided to speak to my tutor for the same module in second term. Its so important to me that I get a 2:1, and I will be so disappointed if I don't because I have worked so hard. She spoke to me more about why I didn't get the grade I wanted to, and was really encouraging - helping me to work out what I would need this year to get my 2:1.

Three/ Know what to do Next Time. Have you read the comments from your tutors? This is the best way to know how to improve on your next essay. Keep that essay close by when writing your next one so you have something to refer to, and know not to make the same mistakes again!

One poor grade won't affect your whole one overall, so try not to let it affect you that much. There are plenty of ways to make your grade higher, you just have to be proactive about it! I think getting that grade can sometimes push yourself to work harder, you'll be more determined to achieve the goals you want.

How do you cope with getting a grade you aren't happy with?



  1. Ah can totally feel your pain. I was disappointed with my overall grade at uni (wanted a first but got a 2:1.) For me, I know I could have tried a little harder so that was why I was so disappointed but as long as you know you've done your best and put in your maximum effort, I wouldn't beat myself up about it!

    Beth / Bethany Georgina | UK Lifestyle Blog

    1. A 2:1 is still absolutely incredible, well done! Thank you for your wise words. Its just so rubbish handing in a piece of work and getting it back without the grade you want. It constantly feels like we have no break either, its reading week now, and all I want to do is sleep but I just can't! XX

  2. It's so upsetting getting a low grade especially when you think it might be a good one . . . but its definitely important not to let it get you down.

    1. Luckily I didn't expect to do well, as I hate the module but a 60 would have been nice just taking me into the next grade barrier...oh well! Once you realise it isn't as serious as you first thought, you mind a lot less! XX

  3. This has literally just happened to me this week especially the way my feedback was given I thought it would be higher, it really got me down. Although I know a lot of others who have been left disappointed too x

    han // emandhan xo

    1. Oh no! Don't worry lovely, I'm sure it won't affect your grade overall. Feedback can be especially upsetting when it is written very bluntly! Lots of others were left disappointed too when I got mine back; perhaps it was just the marker!



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