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    Hi everyone, I just wondered if anyone can tell me just how difficult a history degree is?

    Ever since I decided to apply for next year I've had a lot of people (who know nothing about the course) tell me how hard it is but I'd love to hear from someone who has done it or is doing it.

    Does each year get more difficult than the first? Just how much work does it involve? How many contact hours do you have at your uni and how much work do you do yourself?
    How difficult are the lectures/assignments?

    I worry because I'm bright but not extremely academic so I want to make sure I'll cope with the workload.

    Thanks.
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    (Original post by SamW24)
    Hi everyone, I just wondered if anyone can tell me just how difficult a history degree is?

    Ever since I decided to apply for next year I've had a lot of people (who know nothing about the course) tell me how hard it is but I'd love to hear from someone who has done it or is doing it.

    Does each year get more difficult than the first? Just how much work does it involve? How many contact hours do you have at your uni and how much work do you do yourself?
    How difficult are the lectures/assignments?

    I worry because I'm bright but not extremely academic so I want to make sure I'll cope with the workload.

    Thanks.
    Where are you thinking of going?
    Yes, it is a difficult degree, but then it would not be a good degree if it was not.
    I am currently in my first year at uni and I am really enjoying it. I go out a few times a week, play three different sports and do a lot of socialising whilst getting high 2:1's and the occasional First. I would say I am quite academic but there are far more academic people than I am! Some of my friends do a lot more work than myself and some do a lot less and they are all passing!
    I have 10 hours a week (took a bit of getting used too!) but the assignments are different to school. You have to do specific reading for the assignments but they are not the most difficult. I have been told that the work load increases a lot in second year and a lot more in third year. However I would say it is no more different to any other good degree!
    You will be fine do not worry!
    Just make sure you make your friends and do decent in first year! Above all have a good time in first year! Good luck in your exams!
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    It's not that it's necessarily really difficult it's just a massive change from A-Levels because the responsibility is all on you, so you have to prepare for that. I'm a first year history student at Warwick and I have 9 hours a week. This basically means that because I have so little contact time I have to motivate myself to do all the reading and all the work, which I found difficult at first but am used to now. You also have to really enjoy history to be able to motivate yourself to read and do well, because you can get away with not doing the work, no-one will punish you if you don't read for a seminar, but your own learning will suffer.
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    History degrees are run differently at different Unis - so exactly what class/lecture time you'll have, how many essays you'll write etc etc will be different.

    History as a subject involves reading - there arent any short cuts to this. Yes, there will usually be practical stuff as well (archive visits, field trips etc) but as outlined above, you'll spend lots of time in the Library tracking down books etc and reading them.

    A really good book that gives you an idea of what studying History at Uni is all about and helpful hints about work load etc : http://www.amazon.co.uk/Studying-His.../dp/1403987343 Well worth buying/reading.
 
 
 
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