Your tutor will provide marks and comments on your submitted work. You may get this feedback online or as comments written on your work. To benefit from your feedback you should:
- Make sure you know what your mark means. For more information visit Assessments and grades at university.
- Read the comments carefully (don't just look at the mark!) Note what you did well and most importantly where you can improve.
- If after reading the comments you are still not clear how you could improve your work, make an appointment to speak to the tutor for the module or your Academic Advisor.
- Re-read the comments before you start your next piece of written work.
Try not to be disheartened if a mark is lower than you had hoped for. Remember to take a balanced view: think about what went well as well as the areas you need to work on.
When you hand in a piece of work you hand it in with a cover sheet on the front and usually your lecturer will have written comments directly on your work or on your coversheet. So if you've got a question wrong you won't just have a cross, you'll have a couple of notes explaining why. And the useful thing with most of our courses is that we have workshops as well. So if you've got your work back and you've got a question wrong, that's an ideal time to say to your lecturer ‘Why did I get this wrong? Or ‘Actually, what's the right answer? I don't understand.' So you have the opportunity to get the feedback and go and help yourself by finding out the proper answers and finding out more about the subject.
The marking system was another weird thing I had to learn coming here to Sussex because here you have percentages. In Italy you have percentages as well but 60% is the minimum, so if you are good, if you are studying hard, you would expect something about 80%-90%. Whereas here it seems impossible, at least in the first year; they told me to expect something between 50% and 70%.
Luckily, they told me before because when I got my first marks, and all my first marks were around 60%, I was a bit disappointed. Even knowing that, it was a bit disappointing because I had studied hard; obviously I know they are good marks but it's a bit weird.
With feedback on essays you'll get it back and then on the cover sheet there'll be a general comment and it's quite varied but the marker will have specific sections, for example, the style or originality. The different sections that they'll mark you on will make up your overall mark. They also comment on your writing throughout the text, not just on the coversheet. In some schools the feedback is now all meant to go online so that you can follow your feedback throughout your course and see if there is one mistake that you keep making and change that. So I think that is quite useful.
Tutors may give advice on common errors made in students' work in lectures or other sessions. For some modules, your tutors will provide model answers after you have completed an assignment. Work through these examples to see where you went wrong and how to improve.