Its a bit of a shock to find that a ‘pass’ goes from 45 to 85.
My thinking goes…I’m doing this in my own time, I’m not going to have much time to read around, and referencing does not come naturally to me*. So approaching TMA1 I put in my best-effort-in-the-time with my sights on a comfortable pass.
Whilst happy with a very-comfortable-pass my initial thought was “I have over-delivered”, “maybe I could have taken up that offer of Sunday lunch”. But then I remind myself of my motivation to do the course, and the fact that it is interesting, and that I would like to get the most out of it that I can, and that I would be horrified to get anything less than 60% for anything.
So the reality is that I will indeed put the same amount of effort in for TMA2 but, in my case, if I were to focus on the marking scheme only it would have a deflationary rather than inflationary influence on my efforts and aspirations.
* I have no recollection of referencing in 1986 while studying software engineering…like Windows it didn’t appear to have caught on.