10 secrets to nailing your degree: Part 2
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Here are our next five tips on making sure you’re the best student you possibly can be – no excuses... 1. Asking for help is fine Lecturers, careers departments, dissertation tutors, parents, family friends, people you meet at course/job-related events, older siblings and relatives of all shapes and sizes – use them to your advantage, and don’t feel guilty about it. They’re probably older and even possibly somewhat wiser than you are, so they might have some gems of wisdom to impart. On the other hand, they might not have a single clue what they’re talking about – so if it sounds like they’re talking rubbish, they probably are. Dismiss. Next! 2. You don’t have to go to everything “You’re adults,” said Professor Modernist Literature 101, way back in February 2011. “If you’re not going to write on DH Lawrence, don’t come to my Women in Love seminar. Edit your dissertation instead.” And therein (unless you’re studying, you know, medicine) lays the best kept secret of getting a degree that works for you: you don’t have to know everything about your course. You don’t have to go to every lecture. Focus on what you like, what you’ll pursue in coursework and the questions you’ll pick in exams. Know a small number of areas in better depth for the top marks. The rest is superfluous. No one wants to write about DH Lawrence.
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