the thing about Hollywood is that we’re conditioned to look for the romance in a movie even if the romance isn’t even a romance but an obsession.
See: The Great Gatsby
See also: (500) Days of Summer
something i dont understand is the portrayal of a woman in a committed relationship being a bad person for not going for this other “nice guy” and how its like ~guys feel sorry for this poor nice guy~ (i was watching this on tv today)
if the woman left the guy she was with to be with this other guy
wouldnt she be shamed as a “bitch” and a “whore” for leavin’ her man and getting straight with someone else?
THERES NO WINNING
i cant believe i just wasted time writing that post on the UK grading system instead of doing actual revision for the exam which i want an A* in
(which will be near impossible but i’ll try!!)
UK grading system
Time to move to the UK
ding dong u are wrong
- We don’t even have + or - grades, the most we have is A*, which in order to achieve that you have to be in the top 10% of the fucking country
- There isn’t even a ‘UK’ grading system because each constituent country of the UK has its own qualifications
and most importantly, before you go insulting millions of British students as though they don’t work as hard as you:
- Marking differs HUGELY not just between subjects but between YEARS. It takes into account how hard the paper is each year, so if the entire populace does badly, they lower the grade boundaries to reflect difficulty. AND TRUST ME, IT CAN GET VERY DIFFICULT. This is referred to as ‘Grade inflation’ (or deflation).
- In certain subjects where grade boundaries appear low, it’s also to do with the fact that examiners are EXTREMELY stingy with awarding marks. In order to achieve just 1 mark (and take into consideration the time limit is usually set so that you have to work for a mark a MINUTE) you have to follow precise AOs, (assessment objectives) and with humanities subjects there’s usually four different AOs with various levels of achievement. The likelihood of hitting all these AOs within the time given is next to none, but you’re still pushed to do it.
So actually, if the grade boundaries are low, you should be pretty fucking worried.
- Our qualifications, from A-Level upwards, are very, very specialised. Whereas in the US system you go on to major and minor to create a well-rounded curriculum we are made to pick one certain field of interest and study in (a fuckload of) depth. The grade system and the huge levels of scrutiny in examboards reflects the amount you are suppose to know for one particular subject. (and when I say how much I’m talking the precise grain production levels of all the 5-year plans during Stalinist Russia, for fucking example)
Sincerely, a British student who has to continually listen to privately educated politicians use these exact standards of over-simplification to justify their demonisation of the English, Welsh, Scottish or Northern Irish state school system.
This! This annoyed me nearly as much as that “in Britain dogging means walking your dog!!!” post (no, it doesn’t not, btw).
Although even if that was the case, it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s EASIER to get those grades, although it does suggest a lack of intelligence if you believe so.
Some exams aren’t even out of a fucking 100, my history exam is worth 30% of my A level, for example, and is worth 120 UMS (raw marks are something different, we won’t get into that, it’s just what is adjusted into UMS and standardised…it’s not a simple system like the one above implies).
It can be incredibly hard to hit grades.
For exams where UMS is 100 (worth 50% of the AS or A2, we won’t get into the ones that are weighted differently - e.g my History and English are out of 120 and are worth 60% of A2/AS, or cwk which is generally worth 40% of AS/A2 and out of 80 UMS) it goes like this:
90+ = A* (but only in A2 exams, not AS exams. You cannot get A* at AS, and you need an *average* of 90% at A2, but if you’re sitting a cwk and exam based A2, you need 90%+ in your exam to be able to get the A*.)
80-100 = A
70-79 = B
60-69 = C
50-59 = D
40-49 = E
Everything else = U
This stays the same each year, but the amount of raw marks needed to get changes. For example, for my January psychology exam I got 46/72, which was converted to 87/100 UMS (a strong A). However, had I sat it last year, I may have only needed to get 40/72 UMS for an A. It varies according to the difficulty of the paper and the average marks people get for each question (because you may get a choice of questions).
It is quite hard to hit all the AOs and get the necessary detail in in the given time frame. For the psychology exam I did, the average mark for 2 of the 3 questions (incidentally, my 2 weakest topics, so I was unlucky they came up) I did was 9/24.
(not entirely sure what it was for the 3rd one, I think it may have been 10? Fortunately for me, that was one of my strongest topics and I got 21 there which pulled my total up and saved me).
Basically don’t believe any “In…(insertcountryhere)” stuff unless it’s linked to a news article or verified by people in the actual country, take it with a pinch of salt.