How to Get a First: The Essential Guide to Academic Success

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Psychology Press, 2004 - 171 páginas

In this informative guide, Thomas Dixon argues that you do not have to be a genius to get a first at university. He sets out to de-mystify first-class degrees in the arts, humanities and social sciences, clearly articulating the difference between the excellent and the merely competent in undergraduate work.

This concise, no-nonsense guidebook will give prospective and current students advice on teaching and learning styles that prevail in university and on how to manage their two most important resources - their time and their lecturers. In an accessible and entertaining style, the author looks at subjects such as:

  • making the transition from school to university
  • developing transferable skills
  • making use of lectures and seminars
  • using libraries and the Internet
  • note-taking, essays, seminars and presentations
  • common mistakes to avoid
  • writing with clarity and style
  • revision and examinations.

Illustrated with many examples from a range of academic disciplines, How to Get a First is an all-purpose guide to success in academic life. Visit the companion website www.getafirst.com

 

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Introduction
1
the task and the resources
20
Lectures classes and seminars
33
Libraries and reading lists
42
Reading and taking notes
59
Using the internet
74
Planning an essay presentation or dissertation
85
Giving a presentation
94
the basics
104
arguing with style
125
Revision and exams
152
How to get a first
164
Further reading
168
Index
170
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Thomas Dixon has taught at the Universities of Cambridge and London, and is now a Lecturer in History at Lancaster University.

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