To calculate your degree classification, use the “Add Module” button below to add the modules you have done or intend to do, specifying their level, how many points each module is worth and the grade you received (or hope to get). n.b. On some degrees certain modules cannot be counted towards the degree classification. If this is true of your degree do not enter those modules.
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Perhaps the most important thing to do in an essay is to answer the question. This may sound very simple and obvious. However, there are a number of points you must bear in mind:
To write an effective essay you will need to marry the use of evidence and analysis. It is no good having page after page of fact with no interpretation or comment, or vice versa. Of all the areas of essay writing this is probably the one in which there is most variation in approach. Try to ensure, however, that you make use of both fact and theory in your answer. One approach is to illustrate every theme or idea you express with one or two pieces of detailed evidence. Basically, try to avoid just giving a long list of dates, or simply writing a vague and generalised answer.
Reading one book is NEVER going to be enough! If you are approaching a new subject you might wish to start by reading a condensed summary of the basic information in perhaps one or two general text books. At best this will give you an understanding of the bare bones of a topic and, sometimes, a summary of some of the historical problems involved. Be wary, however, of over-generalisation and out-of-date approaches. Then move on to consult at least two or three more specific secondary works. This may include what appear to be very daunting historical tomes, but do not be put off. Learn to maximise your productivity by reading selectively and skimming. With a basic understanding of a topic you ought to be able to identify what sections you should read by using the contents page and index. Also try to read primary sources in translation wherever possible to develop a greater understanding of a subject. This may help you to begin to form your own opinions and to question the approaches of current historians.
The calculator asks for four pieces of info for each module:
Module Title: only for your own reference.
Level: Levels 1, 2 and 3 roughly equate to the years of study for a full time degree.
Points: Numeric value indicating how many points of study the module counts for.
Grade: 1 (distinction), 2, 3 or 4.
So, the quality assurance is that at least 60 points at grade 3 must be at distinction level, right? Let’s say I meet that. Then points wise I think a first has to be 600 or under, right? It seems to come up as 600, above, no? But I thought it depended on the exact score. So don’t see how if someone can get the lowest grade 2s and just one distinction that his/her degree would be a first.
However, regardless of what grades I put in the for the grade 2s ie the lowest possible (70%) it’s coming up as a First class degree overall. I thought possibly it mattered your scores within each band, yet if I put in for example level 3 85%, level 3 70%, level 2 70% level 2 70% it’s telling me it’s a first. I didn’t think it was possible to get a first like this. Am I missing something?
Read Mark Twain's little piece (below) about the troubles he has with his new watch, as another example of narrative writing. (There is very little in the way of paragraphing in this narrative, and as you read along you might want to think about how you would break this piece into smaller units of thought for your reader.) Answer the questions we pose after Twain's essay and apply them as well to Jeffrey Tayler's essay above.
Sorry for any confusion writing “grade” instead of “level” etc. I just thought if you got a high score, let’s say getting very close to a distinction, eg 82% as opposed to only getting 71% it made a difference in how things were calculated and your chances of getting a better degree classification. Of course, I was wrong :)
Writing degree-level history essays is not about regurgitation. It is generally agreed that the difference between a passable essay and a first class piece of work is the amount of original thought and input which the student includes. Writing an essay is not supposed to be a form of worship in which various historical text books are venerated. Although you must always back up your arguments with evidence, you should assume, until proven otherwise, that your mind is as good as anybody else's.
This order of introduction elements is not set in stone, however. Sometimes the thesis statement is followed by a breakdown of the essay's structure and organisation. Ultimately, you must adapt the order to suit the needs of each particular essay.
These aims can be given more or less emphasis depending on the length and type of essay. In a very short essay (less than 1000 words), for example, there is not much room to give a full and detailed context or structure. A longer essay has room for greater detail.