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Annotated Exam Transcripts

Posted on March 10, 2015 by in Written feedback

What is it?

Following examinations, many departments give students the opportunity to collect or view their exam script. However, many students are unaware of this opportunity and consequently do not take advantage of it. Therefore, it is important that lecturers and tutors actively encourage their students to spend the time going through their exam scripts, so that they can see how well they have performed, and ultimately identify their strengths, weaknesses and areas for improvement. This method is particularly useful for students who achieved a lower grade than expected, as it will allow them to see exactly where they went wrong, and how to make further progress.

How can students make the most of it?

It is important that students collect their annotated exam transcripts if possible since it’s an excellent opportunity for students to identify their strengths and weaknesses and keep them in mind for the next assignment. If students are unsure as to whether or not they have the right to view their exam script, they can ask their tutor about it.

If students find that after having viewed their transcript, they are unclear about something in particular, they should be encouraged to seek further guidance, as one module can help with other modules, especially with respect to transferable skills such as critical thinking or presentation skills. So even if a module has finished, it is essential that students collect their exam scripts if it is available, go through the feedback and make notes for future work.

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