Since coming back from Germany I have definitely felt more motivated and focused on my final year. I’ve put a lot of hard work into all of my pieces of coursework this year, really trying to understand the literature and hoping this shows in my work. I have found that I have more of an appreciation for reading research papers and knowing which sections are important and relevant when sifting through a large number (my essays this year tend to reference around 40 papers each). This really seems to be paying off as I have been consistently receiving marks that I’d never have dreamed of in second year. Today I got a mark back for an essay that I didn’t think I’d done that well on (it was on plants which is a topic people either love or hate), and I got 85! I’m still in shock. But considering how hard I’d worked on that essay it felt like a sweet reward for a Sunday afternoon.
The final year of my degree is worth 2/3rds of my overall degree (second year is worth 1/3rd). For each module, coursework is worth 30% and the final exam is worth 70%. Although the majority of each module comes from the exam mark, going in to the exam with a solid coursework mark really does make a difference. With just over a month until my first exam, revision has begun and the library is slowly starting to get a lot busier.
Good luck to everyone taking summer exams,