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Got a question about going to uni in the UK? Want to find out more and speak to others about their course/uni? Not sure if you can eat something that's been loafing in your fridge for 3 weeks, and gone a dubious shade of purple-green? This is the place for you.

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Useful Websites

Website What is it?
UCAS The first place to go to for searching for courses that are available - lots of great videos and information on how to apply too. Applications for Sept '19 entry are now open.
Unistats Course comparison website - shows statistics on everything from employment statistics to student satisfaction rates
WhatUni Another course comparison website - quite useful for finding out where courses are offered across the country and you can search based on location preferences
Complete University Guide Good website for finding information about specific universities, cities and/or courses
Times Higher Experience Survey 2018 Student satisfaction ranking list
Which? University guide Another course comparison website
Numbeo - Cost of Living Calculator Useful website to see how different of a city your home town is to a potential city you might move to for university - you can also check differences in crime and pollution
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Advice for someone who got lucky

Hello, 22 mature student here needing advice. I want to preface this post that I realise I'm in an incredibly lucky postion and I'm trying to absolve my guilt from immigrant parents.

I left school at 18 and worked 2 jobs as a personal trainer and barista because I didn't know what I wanted to do at university. During that time I fell in love with reading philosophy but I was making nothing for long hours and working like a dog. I recently decided to go back to uni and I was accepted into Cambridge for philosophy and UCL for law. I am beyond blessed. I would love to study philosophy but I'm unsure of what to do after my degree.

A part of me never wants to have so little money again. and I'm also being pushed by my parents to pursue a high paying job in law. To be blunt, i dont give a shit about law, just the money. What should I do? Can a degree from Cambridge really be that powerful compared to a law degree from UCL?

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2024/06/13
01:06 UTC

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Should have taken a gap year

There. 1 year and 20k student debt later I finally realised. What a waste of a year.

Well, not a total waste. Made some good friends and had some good experiences. But honestly... this just wasn't for me. Looking at an exam and looking at my questions and realising... I've genuinely got no clue what any of it means.

Recently got diagnosed with depression and have started meds for it last week so I guess I've got some kind of mitigating circumstances claim? And I suppose I'll submit it but honestly I think I'm just gonna withdraw and reevaluate... Just got the house to think about after that. And council tax.

I wish 6th form hadn't pushed uni so much... definitely would be better off if I had taken a gap year.

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2024/06/13
00:53 UTC

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What's Exeter's Penryn Campus life like for Masters courses?

I just finished four years at St Andrews and I loved it a lot. The town's absolutely beautiful imo, and the vibe is super chill, and as someone who really hates noise, commotion and big crowds, it fit me really nicely. But it sometimes did leave me wanting for more, like food places that closed late, or a gym that isn't always packed.

I finished my Econ and Math undergrad with a high 2:2, and I wanna do a Masters before I start the 2 year grad visa thing, since they raised the minimum salary needed for a work visa. 2:2 does mean my options are kinda limited for the type of courses I'm looking at though (I really wanna do more data modelling and applied stats stuff, but I'm still happy looking at finance courses).

My first offer so far is for Data Science and Modelling at the Penryn Campus at Exeter. I've applied to Bath, and my Loughborough and York applications are in progress. From what I've understood of the town so far, it's even smaller than St Andrews, much more of a pain to access from major cities via public transport (St Andrews had direct trains to London three times a day via the Aberdeen-Kings Cross LNER train, buses every 5-10 mins to Dundee and like 20 trains and buses a day to Edinburgh).

As far as courses go, out of all the ones I've applied to and I'm eligible for, this one is still the one I wanna do the most, but I might consider going somewhere else if it's another St Andrews situation in terms of lifestyle.

Anyone with advice or experience with either location, please do let me know what I should expect :)

2 Comments
2024/06/12
23:03 UTC

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Semester abroad decision

Hey, I just wanted to ask a quick question here because I really want to do a semester abroad in London. I'm going into my sophomore year as a film and media studies major at Chapman University in California, and was pretty set on going to Roehampton for my semester. But it looks like that program filled up, and I might not be able to get in. Luckily, my uni just added another London program with London Metropolitan University, and I really like the courses it looks like they offer for film and media studies. That said, I've heard really bad things about London Met. Should I hope for the best with getting into Roehampton, or do you think London Met is worth it for just one semester?

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2024/06/12
22:52 UTC

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Secrets of Success in University: Tips and Tricks

Hey everyone,

As someone who’s been through the ups and downs of university life, I thought I’d share some secrets of success that have helped me navigate the journey. Whether you’re a freshman or a senior, these tips can make a big difference:

1.	Time Management is Key: Plan your week in advance. Use a planner or digital calendar to keep track of assignments, exams, and social events. Prioritize your tasks and avoid last-minute cramming.
2.	Attend Classes Regularly: It sounds simple, but attending classes consistently can significantly impact your understanding of the material. Plus, professors often drop hints about exams during lectures.
3.	Active Participation: Engage in class discussions, ask questions, and participate in study groups. This not only deepens your understanding but also helps build a rapport with your professors and peers.
4.	Effective Note-Taking: Develop a note-taking system that works for you, whether it’s Cornell notes, mind maps, or digital notes. Reviewing and summarizing your notes regularly can reinforce learning.
5.	Utilize Campus Resources: Most universities offer a plethora of resources like writing centers, tutoring services, and libraries. Take advantage of these to enhance your learning experience.
6.	Healthy Balance: While academics are important, maintaining a balance with extracurricular activities, social life, and self-care is crucial. Join clubs, exercise regularly, and ensure you get enough sleep.
7.	Networking: Build connections with classmates, professors, and industry professionals. Networking can open doors to internships, research opportunities, and future job prospects.
8.	Stay Organized: Keep your study space and materials organized. A clutter-free environment can help reduce stress and increase productivity.
9.	Seek Help When Needed: Don’t hesitate to seek help if you’re struggling academically or personally. Universities have counseling services and academic advisors to support you.
10.	Stay Curious and Open-Minded: Embrace the learning process with curiosity and an open mind. University is not just about grades but also about personal growth and discovering your passions.

Remember, everyone’s university experience is unique, and it’s okay to make mistakes along the way. Learn from them and keep pushing forward. What are some of your secrets to success in university?

Feel free to share your tips and experiences below!

Cheers,

Bridgit Malkin

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2024/06/12
21:48 UTC

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Looking for postgraduate accomodation / flatmates

Hello everyone,

I'm 21yo and just got accepted at Imperial for MSc program. I am now looking for an accomodation but I am struggling a little. On Imperial site they suggest Griffon studios or Woodlane studios, however, reviews on google are pretty bad... Does anyone have any suggestions about these two options? Or can provide alternatives?

I am also very open to find some other students, grad or undergrad, who are in my same situation. We could discuss and find a solution like a shared flat closer to the campus. DM me!!

Please help me out! Time is running!

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2024/06/12
21:41 UTC

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Is university of Westminster worth it?

I am an international student, and I applied for unis in London, I didn’t get the grades that I expected and now have to settle for university of Westminster, and Ive not heard good things about it and I really want to go in for clearing, but my parents and my counsellor are against it and I don’t know what to do

I plan to do my masters in a target university, so undergrad won’t matter much then?

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2024/06/12
21:29 UTC

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Honest opinions about Keele university

Hi! I’ve put my offer for Keele as my insurance for next year but I’ve heard mixed things about it. Some people have mentioned how pretty it is and that it’s a nice place to live others hate it, mentioned how bad the student services are, have talked about a drink spiking issue that has not been dealt with and is ignored(?) and overall do not recommend. The good things I’ve heard are from people who have heard of it but haven’t gone and people planning to study there. So if any students currently studying at Keele/have studied there are reading this please let me know what’s it really like and if you like/recommend the uni! Thank you :D

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2024/06/12
20:55 UTC

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What is UWE like, is it a good UNI?

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2024/06/12
20:55 UTC

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Am I the only one who is left ?

It's been more than a 8 months now of submitting my application for DSML at UCL . My anxiety levels are currently at their peek ( now I don't even bother if I get a rejection ) just wanted to know is it me who is in this same situation or anyone else is also waiting for their decision ?

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2024/06/12
20:35 UTC

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Sebago - Student Discount - Student Bean

Anyone got a student bean code I can use at Sebago? Please dm me

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2024/06/12
20:17 UTC

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Will summer internships for 2025 open around September/ end of 2024 ?

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2024/06/12
19:40 UTC

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Regretting chosen degree, regretting life

I’m on my third year of university, I am about to graduate. I’ve been applying to marketing jobs since September and have been proactive while at university. I worked abroad, worked on marketing outside of my degree (my degree has nothing to do with marketing). Now I just regret this whole thing. I’ve written so many cover letters, rewritten my cv, assessment centres, video interviews. It feels like it’s all been for nothing and I honestly am just like 🧍‍♀️… I wish I could start all over again and picked something relevant like Finance because this is just not it. Entry level jobs asking for 100 years of experience?! My advice to any of you pick something that is definitely needed in the market and a rare skill.

Just a rant, has anyone else been through this?

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2024/06/12
19:36 UTC

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Final year vent

I just got grades back for two essays today. I am in my 3rd year and have consistently been getting mid/high 2.1 or firsts in my essays. I left my assignments late yet managed to get a decent grade.

Final semester though? I started my essays more than a month in advance and what did i get? 56 and 53. How is this possible omg i've never gotten such a low grade. Unfortunately, the module i got 53 in is fully based on that one essay i wrote so now i'm getting either a low 2.1 or even a 2.2 if my final essay that i get back is awful.

I've used grade calculators online and even if do get 50 on my final module (the essay is also 100% of the grade) I will still get a 2.1, albeit a very low one. I just feel like I wont be able to feel happy about my final grade due to these low marks like I feel like i've wasted my time at uni. Every semester my grades have gotten slightly worse but 53???

I guess I learnt my lesson to always leave essays til the last minute lol.

10 Comments
2024/06/12
19:35 UTC

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Wanted to do A MSc in computer science whilst in full time employement, recommendations?

I've decided to do a computer science conversion masters, but am looking at options to do this whilst working, so most likely a part time course. At the moment, the only one I can see that does evening courses is the Birkbeck, University of London, although there are many more fully online courses offered by Liverpool, York and Essex Online.

I think i would be more keen to do a course where I can be taught in person, rather than solely online, but wanted to know, if anyone had experience of evening work or a totally online course?

Any recommendations or stories would be appreciated.

Many Thanks.

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2024/06/12
19:27 UTC

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Edinburgh Napier University Clearing Guide

ENU has updated its Clearing Guide 2024, making it easy to understand the important steps for clearing and how to prepare for them.

Things it discusses include:

  • What is University Clearing?
  • Applying for a course in Clearing.
  • How to prepare for Results Days?
  • How to contact university during Clearing?
  • What to do if you change your mind after accepting an offer or if you want to change your course/university.

Use this thread to post your comments or make any questions regarding clearing at ENU.

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2024/06/12
19:22 UTC

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Msc in stats in Kent Uni in 1year VS LSE in 3 years

Reposting this from r/AskStatistics, as I think this would be more relevant to post here.

Hello guys, I am an international student who is currently working in the UK after graduating from university in London. I am considering doing a masters in statistics as I am interested in data career (currently in the industry as well). Due to lack of funding and Visa status I am considering doing Msc in statistics in University of Kent. I can save a lot of money as I am living with my partner's house in Kent and tuition fee is a lot cheaper than unis in London (£18700). Also, I can use next 2 years seeking jobs and earn money. However, now I am thinking if I have opportunity, why not in LSE? But if I want to do Msc in LSE uni, I need more money (£27400 now and will increase dramatically again in 3 years I guess) which I can save for 3 more years (current visa expiration + YMS visa). However, I feel like I will get behind and waste additional money. What do you guys think about this situation? I want to hear your guys opinion.

Thank you for reading this :)

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2024/06/12
19:00 UTC

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Asos student discount

Any one got a student discount code i can use?mine dont work

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2024/06/12
18:31 UTC

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loughborough: through clearing and how much do they lower the grades?

hey yall!
i have gotten a conditional offer from lboro, AAB, for psychology with criminology. As of now me getting those grades are pretty slim, i might achieve around ABB or BBB.

If i don't get those grades will i be able to go through clearing automatically?

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2024/06/12
18:01 UTC

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place confirmed but still no email?

so last week i accepted my offer and it says on the ucas website that my place has been confirmed and the uni should now send me more information. However i have not received an email yet? does it usually take this long?

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2024/06/12
17:58 UTC

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Anyone else experiencing this?

So my sfe account says my loan is approved, but in the “view payments” bit it says there are none scheduled. What does this mean? That you’ll get the loan but they just need to check your ID and stuff?

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2024/06/12
17:31 UTC

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Uni Offer Leniency?

firstly, GOOD LUCK EVERYONE WHO’S BEEN SITTING EXAMS ITS ALMOST OVER YOU CAN DO IT

secondly, i was wondering if anyone was in the know how likely i’d be to still be accepted if i missed my offer by 1 grade. I applied for accounting and management at Queen Mary University of London and my offer is AAA and i’m looking at getting AAB with the B in RS (A’s in finance and business)

Lastly, good luck guys on your final exams i hope you all smash it

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2024/06/12
17:19 UTC

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Student Finance England Discrimination against disabled. Any Advice?

Hello, I am registered as a migrant worker and my mother is my sponsor, sadly she was let go because of her poor health in july, my maintenance loan was cancelled because of that.

I contacted sfe to ask and i was told that there is a grace period for 6 months and we should just send proof that my mother is working and we did, but for some reason they transferred the investigation to a senior investigator and for some reason he decided that my mother quit of her own will "voluntarily" so we sent more proof that no she did not quit of her own will, now they are saying that she is permamently unfit for work, how can they decide for my mother that she cannot work ever, i have know and have seen many disabled people working as well or even better than fully abled people. Now they are arguing that we need to send proof that she was looking for work for that period and that apparently being put into hopsital and going through doctors for a month was "voluntarily" . What can i do they are just rotating us in circles and even discriminating against my mother as sfe has made a firm decision that she cannot work for life ever again as permamently is what that means, i have seen many disabled people working, can anyone help, give advice please?

https://preview.redd.it/28g58s1r666d1.png?width=1165&format=png&auto=webp&s=62cdedb8182e462ff20bdcb0ef24fad0d30e787e

Thank you.

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2024/06/12
16:46 UTC

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dental nursing to dentistry (with a levels)

hey all, im doing my a levels and starting a dental nursing apprenticeship during my gap year. i want to apply for dentistry however, i found out that qualifying as a nurse takes a year and a half.

now 1 gap year is not going to be enough time to complete the apprenticeship, and i don't want to work for something i wont receive the qualification for. should i take another gap year so that i can complete the apprenticeship and have some time for myself as well?

i also feel like i will be retaking some of my a levels because i don't think i will do well in some of them, so it will be a very busy 'gap year', maybe taking another gap year will give me that time to myself that i otherwise would've spent studying? i also will not be taking sfe, so would two years be enough time to save up for the start of uni? i will be getting loans from my family of course.

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2024/06/12
16:37 UTC

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University of Manchester not responding about CAS

Hi everyone! I received an email from UofM last Monday with my CAS draft, but the nationality listed was incorrect. I asked them to make the adjustment and they did so.

A few days later, I received an email that there was an issue changing the nationality and they requested a copy of my secondary passport, which I sent. Since then, I’ve followed up twice and haven’t received a response. Has anyone else had a similar experience? How long will it take them to issue the CAS?

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2024/06/12
16:33 UTC

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student finance help - dad doesnt live with me anymore

My dad is still registered under my mother and I’s address for all the formal institutions such as NHS and his company or whatever else.

Without getting too personal. He left us for another girl abroad and has not been home in a year. He is starting a family with her and has a kid on the way. He doesn’t contribute towards any of my expenses.

I’m not sure if I am supposed to write that he lives with me or not as in reality he doesn’t but formally he does?

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2024/06/12
15:58 UTC

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Advice on postgraduate application

Hello, I just finished my second year at University, and was thinking of applying for my masters at the start of third year. However the course I want to do wants a "high 2:1 or first", and I just wanted received my final grade for this year and wanted unbiased opinions on whether my grades are good enough to apply or not.

I got a normal grade range for first year, and averaged 61.3%. This year I averaged 66.2% (I got 59, 64, 68, 68, 69, 69 in my modules), but I'm worried about the 59 + 64 meaning my grades may not be good enough.

(In first year I got 57, 57, 60, 63, 65, 67 if that is helpful, but I’m more worried about my second year grades than first year. The uni website said they consider 65% or above a “good/high 2:1”, but I’ve seen others online say it’s 67% or more.)

The university website says "applications are assessed according to the full set of entry requirements, not just academic grades and will take account of your academic trajectory", but I just wanted to ask unbiased opinions to see whether my anxieties are right, or if I'm just being anxious.

Thanks in advance for any advice/input anyone has!

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2024/06/12
15:52 UTC

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Bro im on the breaking point with my flatmate

I moved in during semester B, I am an international from Canada. I got assigned a random flat in the student accommodation and fucking hell was that a mistake. I got put into a flat of only chinese students that dont know english. And just for clarification the problem isnt that they are chinese the problem is that there is a HUGE language barrier, so any forms of communication are restricted.

I had no problems with the people themselves but I thier cleaning habits were TERRIBLE. Since I moved in I have been the only one taking out the garbage because no matter how much I told them to or complained to the accomodations office I never got any help. The kitchen was a nightmare, from straight up eggs cracked on the floor (not just the shell, the yolk and everything), to rotting meat in the freezer, to raw meat just sitting on the counter, like if Gordan Ramsey seen the kitchen he woulda burned the whole building down. Most of them are gone now so I thought it would be cleaner.

Nah to good to be true, all thats left is this one girl who invites her friends over everyday to have a nice cookout in the kitchen. I got mad and made it clear they need to clean after themselves. They wipe the table but leave all their shit on the counters, they fill the garbage can in a litteral day because they have like 7 people all cooking thier own meals, and they party in the kitchen. They dont take the garbage out, im the only one buying garbage bags and taking the garbage out, but the other day I fucking lost it. I found a swarm of maggots in one of the bins (Not the garbage bin, the bin where the recycle is supposed to go, theres no bag in the bin) because they were throwing meat in there and just leaving it. I cleaned that shit IMMEDIATLY, but holy fuck man idk. I have been so patient and just telling myself its almost done because I finish in July but im actually losing it.

2 Nights ago they were screaming at 6 in the fucking morning, I went and told them to be quiet, and they did shit up but like fuck man how to you not have the common sense to not scream at 6am when you know theres someone else sleeping. Im cleaning the kitchen today and idk why but I'm just getting really fucking infurated. Why do I have to put up with people coming into basically my house, coming to my kitchen, making a mess and leaving all thier stuff there just out, and I have to clean after them???????? Worst part is my whole flat gets charged for the mess because they do inspections on tuesdays, thats why I clean so much is so I dont get charged, and when I show the res office these vids they just say its everyones responsibility, so I just basically got told to politely fuck myself :DDD I also dont get how this girl is fine with how the kitchen is, do these people just live like pigs at home?

Just needed a lil vent sesh, didnt include all the nasty shit that happened but fuck man im just so tired of everything this school year. This shit is my first year here and its just been hell, this kitchen shit just added so much more stress, mb for the long ass rant.

https://reddit.com/link/1de9j9d/video/3z7g9cmit56d1/player

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2024/06/12
15:32 UTC

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Worth raising an issue with my project supervisor over this?

4th year mmath student, did a 25 page~ project. I got behind early in the semester (all my fault) so when I was finally catching up I wasn't formatting the project write up properly to save time and just to learn and understand the content fully until I've caught up to where I should be then I will format it all. I said this to my supervisor every time I emailed a new version (this went on for 2/3 weeks) and her feedback was always just some variation "Formatted wrong", once or twice did she give other feedback.

She also described my project options both as writing summaries of one of her papers. She always advised to just follow the format of her original paper and summarise it (her exact words over and over in emails were to make a summary) but then my biggest mark loss was over lack of originality. I emailed the course lead about this point and she asked if I'd like to raise the issue further, but I don't really know if it's worth it because idk if anything would happen. I got a 60 but idk if my issues with my supervisor would be enough to get a few extra marks or not

Any advice? Should I raise it further anyway? Does this sound like it was my fault and I should have taken more initiative?

3 Comments
2024/06/12
15:30 UTC

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