Thoughts you have when you get your first grade/assignment back.

University assignments were different to what I had done in the sixth form so I really didn’t know what to expect when I got my first assignment back. I was so happy when I passed with a good grade and it really gave me the confidence to develop my writing style.

Here are some of the thoughts that I had when I got my first grade back.

I passed!

I really didn’t know what my grade was going to be, so when I saw that I had passed I was over the moon. Use your first-year as an opportunity to start develop your writing style and get used to researching and referencing properly. This means that when it comes to your second year you can write good, well-structured essays.

That was much better than expected…

I hadn’t only passed, I’d actually done quite well especially as it was my first assignment. I was really happy with my result which gave me a huge confidence boost. As it was my first assignment, I just wanted to pass, so getting a good grade was a brilliant start to my time at university.

I think it’s important to remember that you are your own worst critic and often focus on the negatives– as long as you listen to your tutors, do your research and give it your best, you’ll be fine!

I want to do better

After I’d checked my grade and read the feedback from the tutors the next thought I had was that I wanted to do better. Regardless of what grade you get, you’ll always want to push yourself to do better. I had made some basic errors in my first assignment and knew that if I’d spent a little bit more time on it I could have improved. The feedback from my tutors was really useful and showed me where I could improve next time. Looking back at my first assignments and comparing them to my third-year work, it’s amazing to see the change in quality.

Time to celebrate

Passing your first university assignment is a great achievement. After all the time and effort you have put into it, you deserve some fun. When my housemates and I all had our first grades back we all went out for a house meal which was really enjoyable and even better knowing we had all done well in our first test at university!