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:
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
'[How to Get a First] is the title of an excellent guide by Thomas Dixon … it is a compilation of what he wishes he had known before he went to university.' - The Daily Telegraph
'This is not some sort of get rich (top grades) quick scheme but a collection of good advice.' - Physical Sciences Educational Reviews
1. Introduction 2. Taking Aim: The Task and the Resources 3. Lectures, Classes and Seminars 4. Libraries and Reading Lists 5. Reading and Taking Notes from Books and Articles 6. Using the Internet 7. Planning Essays, Presentations and Dissertations 8. Giving a Presentation 9. Writing Essays and Dissertation I: The Basics 10. Writing Essays and Dissertations II: Arguing with Style 11. Revision and Exams 12. How to Get a First