How to Get a Good Degree: Making the Most of Your Time at University

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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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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Preface: Background to This Book viii
  • Acknowledgements x
  • Introduction: Don't Just Work Hard, Work Smart! 1
  • 1: What is a Good Degree Really a Measure Of? 6
  • 2: Capitalizing on Teaching-Learning Situations 49
  • 3: Going for Gold in Assessed Coursework 92
  • 4: Putting Your Resources to Work 134
  • 5: Aiming High in Revision and Exams 181
  • 6: Looking After Yourself 223
  • 7: Final Action Plan 247
  • References and Further Reading 254
  • Index 256
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