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A serious question for you gals - I don't want to refer to the fellas as males tend to blag!
Now that you both have completed a term at Oxbridge how have you coped with the workload - truthfully?
Those who may follow you will need to be prepared!
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A serious question for you gals - I don't want to refer to the fellas as males tend to blag!
Now that you both have completed a term at Oxbridge how have you coped with the workload - truthfully?
Those who may follow you will need to be prepared!
i feel insulted! i would neva "blag"!

1. Yes workload is tough
2. Yes you have to work harder than you would like to
3. Everyone else is in the same boat
4. You still have plenty of time for fun!

Thats all you need to know!
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i feel insulted! i would neva "blag"!

1. Yes workload is tough
2. Yes you have to work harder than you would like to
3. Everyone else is in the same boat
4. You still have plenty of time for fun!

Thats all you need to know!
apart from:

5. At most if not at all colleges your tutors know you pretty well, usually better than in a non collegiate uni,and will help.

6. At all colleges other students will help. Many have good peer support systems.

7. If you've been offered a place the tutors believe you are capable of success.
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apart from:

5. At most if not at all colleges your tutors know you pretty well, usually better than in a non collegiate uni,and will help.

6. At all colleges other students will help. Many have good peer support systems.

7. If you've been offered a place the tutors believe you are capable of success.
do not underestimate point 6. i am not sure i would have coped at all in my first term had it not been for the help and guidance of the 2nd and 3rd years...its a fantastics advantage of a collegiate system, especially if you are at a relatively small college where you get to know everyone quickly
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Hi Yawn,
the workload varies for certain subjects - classicists get 3 essays a term and I get 3 a week. It's quite a lot but almost everyone gets into the swing of things. My work ethic is 'if done after 12am whilst under the influence highest marks may be achieved' well it works for me! Believe me there is plenty of fun to be had and people find a method that works for them.
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Hmmm, well I don't think I coped as well as I could have done, and I tend to blag just like the guys, but I've got it together now. I also managed a lot better than some people who almost went to pieces completely. Had a bit of a run-in with one of my tutors but its all sorted out now.

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(Original post by yawn1)
A serious question for you gals - I don't want to refer to the fellas as males tend to blag!
Now that you both have completed a term at Oxbridge how have you coped with the workload - truthfully?
Those who may follow you will need to be prepared!
Hey! Those two aren't the only girls at Oxbridge!

The workload is quite tough, more than I would have liked to do (but I guess that'd be true for anywhere). My first few essays I worked really hard on, then I had a slack period around 6th week (I got 5th week blues a week late) where I wrote them the night before and they were generally crap. It was only at the end of term that I realised that working in the library isn't actually that bad and that I could do ok. This term I think I'm going to try and work harder but without sacrificing too much of my social life - I'll never turn into a total nerd (except maybe in exam term) but I do want to do well.

So yes, the workload is big, but it's bearable if you have the motivation, which I sometimes do and sometimes don't.
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Hi Yawn,
the workload varies for certain subjects - classicists get 3 essays a term and I get 3 a week. It's quite a lot but almost everyone gets into the swing of things. My work ethic is 'if done after 12am whilst under the influence highest marks may be achieved' well it works for me! Believe me there is plenty of fun to be had and people find a method that works for them.

Feel I must protest!!
Classicists certainly do not "only" get 3 essays a term, but one a week (ie 8/9) as well as weeklyrose comp + about 3 unseens + lit crit (mini essays) + translating 1000's of lines of set books in your spare time + if your doing IG learning A-level greek intensively. It also means summer schools and pre-term courses of, you guessed it, more greek and I can tell you I don't see any other subjects in college in cam yet. (not to mention lectures)
Basically, the quantity of work was a bit of a shock to the system for me, especially after a year out I would defintely advise preparing what you can in advance. The terms here are horrendously busy, there's so much going on you could fill your days without even opening a book. If you want to do any sort of extra curricular activity (I'm not just talking about socialising here) especially at university level you will find that effective time management is invaluable - and something I'm still trying to get to grips with!! Basically, be prepared, I've found that tutors will push you as much as possible and you simply have to set your own limits otherwise you'd live like a hermit. (albeit a very intellectual one!)

Play hard - yes - but I'd say you have to work harder,

But please don't let that put you off, I'm being realistic here, I wasn't prepared for such a whirlwind term but now I know what to expect life should get easier!
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Feel I must protest!!
Classicists certainly do not "only" get 3 essays a term, but one a week (ie 8/9) as well as weeklyrose comp + about 3 unseens + lit crit (mini essays) + translating 1000's of lines of set books in your spare time + if your doing IG learning A-level greek intensively. It also means summer schools and pre-term courses of, you guessed it, more greek and I can tell you I don't see any other subjects in college in cam yet. (not to mention lectures)
Basically, the quantity of work was a bit of a shock to the system for me, especially after a year out I would defintely advise preparing what you can in advance. The terms here are horrendously busy, there's so much going on you could fill your days without even opening a book. If you want to do any sort of extra curricular activity (I'm not just talking about socialising here) especially at university level you will find that effective time management is invaluable - and something I'm still trying to get to grips with!! Basically, be prepared, I've found that tutors will push you as much as possible and you simply have to set your own limits otherwise you'd live like a hermit. (albeit a very intellectual one!)

Play hard - yes - but I'd say you have to work harder,

But please don't let that put you off, I'm being realistic here, I wasn't prepared for such a whirlwind term but now I know what to expect life should get easier!


Lol, only quoting a classicist friend of mine ribbing me about how much work I have compared to her. Ox or Cam, year, supervisor all make a difference. As for the play hard work harder - not necessarily at all. The amount of work/play one goes in for depends on how much work is needed to get by. Some may have to work very hard to get the marks they want, others not so much...
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I don't want to refer to the fellas as males tend to blag!
Oh my God.
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is there really a college called hildabeast, or is it just a rude name for a real college
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is there really a college called hildabeast, or is it just a rude name for a real college
St.Hilda's. Their students are referred to by some as "hildabeasts"
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The workload seemed bearable at first, when I'd been expecting to be completely snowed under... then by the end of term, I felt like I had been! For Biology I get one essay a week and 2-3 practical write ups, plus the extra reading necessary to make sense of lectures. It's heavy but the main problem I had with it was a kind of inferiority/perfectionist complex, really, I was beating myself up over writing crap essays and write ups. Tutors have been very kind about it and I think I can get over it in the second term.
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I shan't blag. Workloads really do vary according to subject, college and tutors. I'm a lazy bugger — and my marks reflect this — but one can work a hell of a lot, and often therefore do much better. For PPE at Christ Church (my vocation), in our first year, we got three essays a fortnight. I did most of them in too little time, starting generally the day before they were due. I find you need at least 12 hours' solid work to get a good essay — more for a really good one, or a harder subject area. I don't think I managed that on any essay last year — or perhaps one or two. This (second) year, I had the same number of essays in Michaelmas, but they were all much harder. At least two-and-a-half days' work each — although I'm a bloody slow reader — for an OK essay. Often more. But I think that may just be because I'm slow. Anyway, I only managed that on a few essays last term. There are those who work more concentratedly, or more regularly than me, and therefore do better — I am no paradigm of the good student.
Admittedly I do quite a bit extra-curricularly, but not as much as many others. And I got a 2:2 equivalent at Prelims. No good really. I guess a good worker could do each essay for the second year in one to one-and-a-half days' good reading — a little more sometimes —, and as much of another as is needed to write it up.
On the other hand, my (sadly no longer) girlfriend's a Chemist at St. Hilda's, and she has much more work. Lots of worksheets, write-ups, labs, and other work every week. She could get nowhere without wonderful organisational and concentration skills — which she thankfully has, and therefore does bloody well. I'd gauge her work this year at anything between five and six days' hard work a week, and sometimes more — or so it seemed to me...
Anyway, basically, I still had time to go out almost every day for a few weeks last year (except in Trinity, when working for Prelims), and reasonably often otherwise, as well as working on a couple of play bids, and rowing for two terms. And more... So, ultimately, it varies greatly, and is really up to you, after a certain level of work.
Finally, something I've noticed from what I've heard from those I know at 'the other place' — Cambridge to the rest of you —, they had much more work last year, and now have less in their second. But that's only humanities students.

Hope this helps, and it isn't too contorted... I'm tired. Now off to bed with an improving book — perhaps Lijphart's 'Patterns of Democracy'? I really need to get this essay done fast.
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