How to Manage Your Arts, Humanities and Social Science by Lucinda Becker

By Lucinda Becker

This leading edge booklet takes a realistic, no-nonsense method of all parts of undergraduate lifestyles, from getting began and maximizing studying possibilities to creating offerings, studying time administration and succeeding in checks. It additionally covers the broader features of the college adventure together with peer strain, funds and greedy the possibilities on hand to undergraduates all through their measure path. The ebook concludes with assistance on tips on how to holiday right into a occupation as a graduate.

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This book, and other study skills guides, can help you in your work, but nobody can actually do the studying for you. Self-reliance and self-discipline are the cornerstones of a successful undergraduate life and it is essential that you consciously try to develop these qualities as soon as you begin to study. Many of the skills that you need in order to stay ahead will, of course, be second nature to you by now, but in the next chapter we will be looking at how to maximise your learning opportunities and make the most of the help you are given as an undergraduate.

Chapter 4 will focus on how to use your vacation time to best effect, but at this stage I will outline one way in which you could plan a term’s reading. I will assume for the purposes of this example that you are studying English, History and Sociology in your second term at university. The English course involves mastering seven primary texts; the Sociology course is based upon three principal areas of study, relying upon six set texts; the History course covers two principal areas of study, each supported by three principal texts.

They are called by several different names, but they are all lengthy pieces of written work (typically 12,000–20,000 words) that are intended to represent an extended period of study. In order to manage your dissertation effectively, you will need to bear in mind several key points. Firstly, find out as early as you can exactly what is expected of you in terms of timing, word count and title, just as you would for an essay. Secondly, find out which lecturer will be supervising you in preparing the dissertation and, if it is a lecturer with whom you have difficulty, sort out the problem in the early stages.

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