Putting your resources
This chapter is about using all the things – and people – around you, to help you achieve your ambition to get a good degree. As with most aspects of studying for a good degree, you need some good habits to make optimum use of all of your resources. It's not enough just to know how to make good use of a resource. It is the regular, systematic way in which you make use of all of your resources which counts. The term 'resource-based learning' is often used these days, usually meaning those parts of university courses where the curriculum is delivered using printbased or computer-based learning materials rather than being covered in lectures, tutorials, seminars and so on. In general, an increasing part of the curriculum is handled using resource-based learning, with students taking on much more of the responsibility for making sure that their learning gets done, and is effective and relevant.
Basically, you can divide your learning resources into two main kinds: human and non-human. There is of course a lot of overlap, as human resources can help you make good use of the non-human ones. However, for the purposes of this chapter, we will start by looking at how you can make the most of the people around you, and then move on to how to get the best value from all the other resources that you will find in your university.
A university is a learning organization. It is full of people as well as books, computers, journals, laboratories and so on. We will start by looking at how you can get the most from the people. There are many categories of people in your university. The most obvious category consists of teaching