John Marsden Writing Topic #475

Tell of a time when you did your best but still didn’t succeed**

One time really sticks out to me–an editing exam that I had to complete as an assessment task for an editing class in my second year of at uni.

I found the editing class, especially keeping up with editing symbols and knowing them off by heart, quite difficult. I did try to cram at the last minute, however I had a strong feeling that I would fail the exam. This feeling intensified when I read through the exam at the start of it.

I did end up failing the exam, however the fail wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be–42 out of 100. I thought I would only get a 20 or 30. I called my fail, an F+, as at the time, my uni had a grade called Pass Conceded–basically not bad enough to be a complete fail but not good enough to be labelled a pass. I was only two marks off a Pass Conceded (44-49).


**Reference: Marsden, J 1998, Everything I Know About Writing, Pan Macmillan, Australia.

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