What is a good degree
really a measure of?
What do you think?Life might be much simpler if there were straightforward answers to this
question. In this chapter we will try to triangulate lots of people's views,
not least those of typical people who are involved in the assessment processes whereby good degrees are awarded – namely, university lecturers.
Let's start, however by seeing what you think. Here are some possible
answers – see whether you agree with any of them.A good degree is a measure of:
|• ||how intelligent you are;|
|• ||how hard you work on your studies;|
|• ||how well you develop your understanding of the subjects you study;|
|• ||how lucky you are when the exam papers are set;|
|• ||how clever you are.|
There is something to be said for each of these options, but in general
no one of them, nor even all of them, are the prerequisites for getting a
good degree for yourself. Let's look in a little more detail at the pros and
cons of the main issues lying behind each of the things in the list above.
How intelligent you are
This is a tricky one. If you're really intelligent, you're likely to get yourself a good degree anyway. But it's not as simple as this, because a good
degree is not a direct and unambiguous measure of intelligence. Indeed,
it is hard to discover ways of accurately measuring intelligence. There
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Book title: How to Get a Good Degree: Making the Most of Your Time at University.
Contributors: Phil Race - Author.
Publisher: Open University Press.
Place of publication: Philadelphia.
Publication year: 1999.
Page number: 6.
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