Assessment and feedback

It is part of our Education Strategy that we are developing and innovating in assessment, feedback and the curriculum. We recognise, while staying true to understood and respected disciplinary norms, that there are many aspects of student ability that should be assessed. We are currently working to enhance formative feedback, diversify methods of summative assessment (see for example our courses MA231, MA310, MA313 and extend the use of e-assessment (see Moodle for MA100 and MA103).

Programme specifications

Programme specifications contain information about the aims and outcomes of each degree programme. They describe the teaching, learning and assessment strategies in place to enable these outcomes to be achieved and demonstrated.

Programme specifications are available to view here for the BSc in Mathematics and Economics, BSc Mathematics with Economics, MSc in Applicable Mathematics, MSc Financial Mathematics, MSc Operations Research & Analytics and our MPhil/PhD Programme.

Assessment criteria

Assessment criteria for summative work is provided in all student handbooks.

What is feedback in Mathematics?

  • It is part of learning – providing you with ideas and information about how to improve your work.

  • It is a joint responsibility – you need to be an active player, not a passive recipient!

  • It is a dialogue – between you and all those other people you come across in your learning who help you develop and understand ideas.

  • It helps you improve the particular assignment you are working on.

  • It gives you useful pointers for subsequent work.

  • It motivates you to reach your potential.

  • It helps you understand the criteria that will be used to assess you in exams and coursework where the grade counts towards your degree result.

Who gives feedback on your work?

  • Lecturers are available in their office hours to discuss coursework.

  • Lecturers and class teachers are available in the Maths Support Centre for "drop-in" appointments.

  • Class teachers are on hand to answer queries throughout the term and also hold office hours for this purpose.They can offer assistance with queries and give feedback on how you progress.

  • Class teachers and Academic Advisers also give specific written feedback on LSE for You at the end of Michaelmas and Lent term.

  • Submitting all your homework for marking is also an excellent way of ensuring you get regular feedback.

What form does the feedback take?

Feedback comes in many different forms in Mathematics:

  • written comments on work you’ve handed in
  • direct oral feedback from your class teacher
  • group feedback from your lecturer
  • informal feedback from discussion with fellow students and teachers
  • online feedback

Feedback on your work: grading in Mathematics

The Mathematics Department uses a standardised scheme for grading classwork, so that the grades may be properly interpreted to provide regular feedback to students on their progress, throughout the academic year.

Classwork (formative work) in courses given by the Mathematics Department is graded according to the categories used in the School's official class report forms. The grades are:

VG - Very Good

G - Good

S - Satisfactory

P - Poor

For undergraduate students: when work is not submitted, no grade will be assigned in LSEforYou.

We stress that classwork grades reflect performance on a particular piece of work done in particular circumstances. They are intended to give students indicative feedback on their progress, but they do not necessarily predict performance in the final examination.

Examination preparation and advice

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Study skills in mathematics

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