At the beginning of July I received my overall second year grade. I was very happy with my results despite the fact that throughout the year when receiving assignment results I was putting myself down and comparing my ability and work with other students. I spent the majority of second year trying my absolute hardest but then being disappointed with my grades. Only now have I realised that I was only disappointed because I was comparing my grades to other peoples.
I received my overall grade while at home and away from people in which I could compare it to and it helped me come to the conclusion that as long as you know you have done the best you possibly could, don’t put yourself down by comparing your ability to others.
If you feel you could improve, note down how and consider them next time. Likewise don’t discard the comments on your assignments, read them thoroughly and use them to improve your work next time round. If you can’t read the comments or don’t understand them go and speak to your tutor who will talk through the comments with you, I do this on a regular basis as it is a more understandable way for me to take the comments in.
Also don’t think that you cannot talk to you friends, in the past I have asked my friends/students tips on what works for them when revising for exams or planning their essays and with their help I found what worked for me.
Don’t just focus on the bad things, I have found it is also helpful to look at what you do well when you’re unhappy or disappointed with your grades.
So to both new and returning students, don’t start the year like me by constantly comparing yourself and your work with others, ask yourself if you have done your best and remind yourself at what you are good at and improve on what you can and in the end you will be more than happy with the result.
You can also visit the Learn at Leicester website that has a number of resources to help you with your studies: http://www2.le.ac.uk/students/studying/learnatleicester