The First Follow-Up Control in the 2022/2023 Autumn Semester: Results and Recommendations for Students

The first follow-up control in the autumn semester of the 2022/2023 academic year has ended. Taking into account the security situation in the country and power interruptions, the deadline for its conduction was extended by a week, and it actually ended on November 5, 2022.

The results of the follow-up control demonstrated that the educational process at the university continues despite all the troubles - blackouts, Internet problems, air alerts and bombing - teachers are teaching and students are learning.

Of course, technical problems complicate the educational process, but remote learning has been carried out at the university for a long time, so appropriate educational mechanisms have been worked out that allow to involve students in the educational process to the fullest extent, provide educational materials, carry out control and summarize even in such difficult conditions. This is evidenced by the results of the follow-up control of second and third years of bachelor and master courses: more than 50% of students have positive results in all disciplines. Almost 45% of the fourth-year undergraduate students have such results. And freshmen study the hardest - about 70% have "A" results in all subjects, probably due to the long distance learning at school, which may have improved their self-organization skills, and the fact that they were only assessed for 5-6 weeks, and not 7-8, as is traditionally the case, which slightly lowered the score requirements.

A comparison of the results of the first follow-up control this year with last year shows a significant increase in the percentage of students who received all "A". The percentage of students who have three or more failing grades has almost not changed compared to last year. This adds optimism.

However, students should remember that soon, from December 5 to 17, the second follow-up control will take place, and the tests and examination session are not far away (the end of December - the first half of January), so you have no much time for rest, and you need to do all works required by the curriculum as timely as possible.

So, we provide some recommendations to students.

We advise you to pay special attention to those disciplines where there are delays in the performance of work. If you have significant technical problems, difficult life circumstances or any other problems that cause unsatisfactory study results, be sure to inform your group curators, heads of departments, deputy deans/directors of educational work. They will tell you what can be done, and knowing your problems, they will make appropriate decisions regarding the organization of the educational process in specific groups or in specific disciplines.

What are the effects of unsatisfactory follow-up control results? Can they be the basis for lowering the semester grade? Can a student be prevented from the semester control if he has a failing grade? We often hear these and similar questions from students.

The occurrence of unsatisfactory results of follow-up control are the markers, wake-up calls for the student, teacher and the department showing that a particular person has problems with learning and something needs to be done about it. The department analyzes these results and may ask the student to explain what caused the late performance of the individual study plan. If many students from the group have unsatisfactory results in some discipline, the department can ask the teacher about this situation: why it happened and what caused it. These results are taken into account when the department makes a decision regarding the possibility of admitting students to make up academic deficiencies after the exam period.

If a student has unsatisfactory results of both follow-up controls from one discipline, it means that he has significant problems with the fulfillment of the individual study plan in this particular discipline. A fulfilled study plan is the main exam eligibility criteria. Note that it is not the fact of receiving two failing grades from the discipline itself, but what caused these failing grades - uncompleted calculation work, uncompleted laboratory work, etc.

In order to understand the exam eligibility criteria and the conditions for getting positive results of follow-up controls, you should read the syllabi of the disciplines carefully - all types of work and their evaluation criteria should be written down in detail there.

The occurrence of a failing grade in a discipline alone may not lower your semester grade, but it does indicate that you are struggling with your studies and may not be getting the desired number of points, and this situation should be improved.

If you have questions or problems, write to the feedback bot of the department of educational work @dnvr_team_bot - we are always ready to help, advise, and explain.

Tetiana Khyzhniak, Head of the Office for Student Affairs of the Department of educational work