Student issues ‘back it up’ warning after losing assessments before deadline

By Maria Karatzia

A business management student at De Montfort University who lost important assessments has warned others to make sure they back up their work frequently.

Theodora Katsiami, 18, had almost completed two of her most important assessments for the last term for her Human Resources with Business Management course.

Message: Theodora has learned a few lessons from her assessments disaster

But disaster struck when she woke up one morning to continue her assessments and discovered she could not open the folder on her computer with her assessments.

“I started to get anxious and wondering why the folder with my assessments could not open,” she said.

The next day, she went with some of her friends to visit some IT stores in Leicester, and phoned others elsewhere in England to seek help with the problems with her computer.

“Nobody could help me and if I sent my laptop for repair, it would take about two weeks to get it back to me.”

She had worked hard on the assessments during the university’s November reading week when the problem happened – just three weeks before the deadlines to hand them in.

After much crying and stress she decided to start her work again so as not to waste any more time.

Thankfully, she eventually finished her assessments on time and got good marks.

The whole experience has led her to issue a warning to other students.

 “Save your work on a usb or email it to your friends to keep it saved,” she urged.