Context to keep in mind
First and most importantly, the exam went rather well considering (A) most you you have not taken a UGC module, (B) this particular module has not contained exams in over two years, and (C) this is a totally different sort of history than most you have encountered.
So please know that I recognize that this exam represented your best effort at this point in time - and that I am confident that you'll be able to meet the challenge of Exam 2 with aplomb.
I'm not willing to release the precise numbers of people who achieved A's, B's, etc. BUT I was quite impressed by this figure:
70% of the members of the class scored between a B- and an A on the exam.
The chart below details how the averages broke down for each class and each version.
The two biggest issues in the exam were the Context and Compare/Contrast portions of the essay.
Many people wrote essays that beautifully showed their understanding of the primary sources, but did not include the broader historical framework (political/economic/social/intellectual environment) surrounding the sources.
Many people also outlined some solid key themes about the sources BUT did not clearly signal comparisons among the sources/civilizations they discussed.
Intros & Transitions:
- Fair start. For exam 2, try introducing your specific points in the intro paragraph
- Unnecessarily general intro - jump right into your content instead of starting with generalizations
- For the next exam, try using transition sentences between paragraphs to state the connections/comparisons among your sources.
- New idea = new paragraph
- In Exam 2, though, try to signal comparisons throughout your essay with words like "Similarly" or "Unlike" (etc.)
- You established some key themes, but I'm not seeing specific comparisons and contrasts among the sources...
- You summarize the similarities in the intro and conclusion, but it would be good to see clearer comparisons among the sources throughout the essay
- I'm definitely seeing explanations from class, but not so much context (that is, info that provides framework for understanding how the source is a product of its society)