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Dude! Just enjoy uni. Go out, get laid and get into the student mind-frame. If you enjoy uni (and by that I don't mean the 4 walls of your room) then you'll find that you'll work better and enjoy the whole uni experience and perhaps even increase your chances of getting that 1st!
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(Original post by e-lover)
Dude! Just enjoy uni. Go out, get laid and get into the student mind-frame. If you enjoy uni (and by that I don't mean the 4 walls of your room) then you'll find that you'll work better and enjoy the whole uni experience and perhaps even increase your chances of getting that 1st!
Doubtful. I read that only 1 in 10 undergrads get a first. So being like most students is not going to get you the grade.
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I'm studing law and my uni places a lot of emphasis on original thinking and mentioning points rarely used or seen by other students. Also if you can make your introduction (to an essay) stand out from the rest, then that will impress the examiner. Obviously all first-class essays are expected to have a clear structure and contain few technical errors. They also stress the importance of evaluation - very good essays will answer the exact question set, address all parts of it, and focus on critique rather than explaining things.
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Several thoughts occur - be enthusiastic about your subject, be organised (much overlooked), work hard. Ask for help when you need it – and sometimes when you don’t think you do but everyone else thinks you do! Be aware of the demands of each module you do - understand the course handbook and work out what to prioritise - but above all other things read, read, read! There's nothing that compares for examiners. Show a breadth of knowledge and it will repay you. But keep a balance and socialise, make friends and enjoy the years - you will rarely get another such chance.

But most of all enjoy the subject for its own intrinsic worth and pleasure.
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lol I got neg rep for my posts, must have upset someone. :p:
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I'm currently on route to a 1st the "secret" is to find other people on your cours who are serious about it and have a study group with them. Have weekly revision sessions where you look trough the content and possibly some past paper questions relating to it.

good luck
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(Original post by Ancient18)
I'm currently on route to a 1st the "secret" is to find other people on your cours who are serious about it and have a study group with them. Have weekly revision sessions where you look trough the content and possibly some past paper questions relating to it.

good luck
That sounds like a good idea. Though there are only 5 people accepted to study Classics at Manchester every year (so four others and myself this year) -- though there are over 20 people accepted, annually, to do Classical Studies, for which some modules overlap.
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(Original post by Ancient18)
I'm currently on route to a 1st the "secret" is to find other people on your cours who are serious about it and have a study group with them. Have weekly revision sessions where you look trough the content and possibly some past paper questions relating to it.

good luck
That sounds like a good idea. Though there are only 5 people accepted to study Classics at Manchester every year (so four others and myself this year) -- though there are over 20 people accepted, annually, to do Classical Studies, for which all modules but the language ones overlap. Me thinks, parenthetically, that language courses will be easier to gain high grades on -- as it is merely translation and comprehension of the language: I can't imagine how original thought could be required.
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I got a first - although, hey, in Fine Art. That said, I liked Fine Art, which probably had something to do with it.

I agree with a lot of what Wise One said about the potentially contradictory idea of taking risks, and at the same time taking care over your studies. I used to think of this as taking controlled risks - doing things that are unexpected or different, but within the requirements of your course. I used to do things that other people wouldn't dare to do, but I was always 99%confident that I was in control.

A big part of this is knowing what whoever's marking your work is actually looking for in the first place. In my thesis, for instance, I got a high mark mainly, I think, because I had a better idea of what I was doing than many of the other people on my course. My understanding was that the university wanted to see that I was capable of doing a sustained piece of academic research and so I made sure my referencing etc. were spot on, as well as trying to say something interesting - I think other people lost marks by not realising what was important. (For those who think that this should have been obvious to everyone, I should point out that there isn't a lot of written work involved in Fine Art!)

One other thing I'd say - make sure your work is always well presented. Proofread it. Lay it out carefully on the page. Don't hand it in all scrumpled and horrible. There may not officially be any marks in doing this (although poor spelling and grammar could certainly lose you marks) but it can't do any harm. I've always felt that an essay which looks professional is more likely to be taken seriously than one which looks like someone's dog ate it.
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I've just got a first despite the fact that I really wasn't into the subject at all. One of my top tips would have to be pick up on any hints that lecturers may give. For example if they hinted that some essay questions they've set are harder than others pick one of them in a bid to impress. Also if you have a lot of choice in your modules make pick ones that you know you can do well in i.e. if you aren't that great at exams don't pick ones that are 100% exam - pick some coursework ones. I picked modules more for this reason rather than interest which may not be the right thing for everybody to do, but for me as I wasn't that interested in the course overall I didn't mind. All I was interested in was accumulating marks in the easiest ways possible.
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There is alot of material here: http://www.howtogetafirst.co.uk/

hope this is helpful to some of you
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(Original post by shuvle)
There is alot of material here: http://www.howtogetafirst.co.uk/

hope this is helpful to some of you
that actually made me laugh x
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(Original post by shuvle)
There is alot of material here: http://www.howtogetafirst.co.uk/

hope this is helpful to some of you
Hee hee, that site is funny. I'd never have the balls to set up a site advising people on how to get a first, especially if I couldn't punctuate.
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there are also a few books aswell:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/0415317339/

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Getting-Firs...d_bxgy_b_img_b

these books are usually directed towards artsy subjects though.. not ideal for me.

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Personally I would say there's no point wasting your money buying books/revision aids that tell you 'how to get a first' - it works for A-level, because you just have to learn and repeat. You can't be 'taught' how to get a first; maybe you could improve some of your general skills (i.e. essay writing or whatever), but I think it's more likely to hurt you in the long run if you're trying to stick to some sort of model that claims you'll achieve one if you follow it.
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