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Hello all.

I need some help from people who've got their degree and would be willing to answer a few questions to help me with a presentation.
The brief and template are below, you're welcome to PM if you'd rather not reply on the thread.

Thank you for your help!


How I got my degree



We are doing a group presentation on “How I got my degree”, and would like some insight from people who have got their degree already.

We have divided the path to getting a degree into 4 aspects; Social, Financial, Personal and Academic.

We would like if you could talk about 3 or 4 things in each of the 4 aspects and give a little information on the role it played in getting your degree.

E.g. Financial – making sure you have enough money for essentials. It is important to handle your money correctly, making sure that you have a sufficient amount for your basic needs before you spend on anything else.



Personal




Social




Financial




Academic

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...i thought getting your degree was just a case of doing the assessments ngl
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Was MrsSnickers taken?
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(Original post by Retired_Messiah)
...i thought getting your degree was just a case of doing the assessments ngl
I suppose there's more to it, but I need to make an elaborate presentation so obviously it's going to be dragged out with extra information




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(Original post by MrsMars)
I suppose there's more to it, but I need to make an elaborate presentation so obviously it's going to be dragged out with extra information
Well I've got nothing to do rn so I'll play ur categories game cause the advice will prolly help somebody generally...

Personal (I don't entirely understand this category)
Keep yourself healthy. Eating only garbage makes feeling bad feel worse, and exercise is surprisingly fulfilling, even despite being infuriating for the unfit.

Social
Generally make sure you have some damn friends. Doesn't matter how you source them but becoming a hermit to focus on purely studying will make things worse rather than better. The studying won't get you the degree if you drive yourself insane and have to defer years or drop out.

Financial
Don't spend money you don't have. If you don't have oodles of money make sure to budget. Even if you've got a solid amount make sure to at the very least loosely budget and make sure you're not yeeting too much away on impulse buys and overdone food bills. If your food shop is costing more than £30 a week then you're probably pouring money down the drain for no real reason.

Academic
Go to some of your lectures, yeah? In STEM you might get away with just a textbook and elbow grease but in humanities you often find your lecturers dropping extra knowledge bombs or recommending obscure papers out of nowhere in the lectures and tutorials that will absolutely help you out.

Definitely at the bare minimum make efforts to keep up with your required reading (unless it's obviously useless garbage - in my one semester of econ the recommended textbook was just wordier versions of the lecture slides). In your arts and humanities the reading tends to have way more in depth stuff than the generic lecture material.

In general - do some damn work.

FINAL DISCLAIMERS
-I have not completed my degree yet, but failed and had to retake some first year modules. Second year my results have been mad good. So therefore I am an ascended reformed being that knows what works and what does not, so I should be on track to actually getting the degree providing I am not hit by lightning or a car.

-This post was made after a few gins.
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Personal: stay motivated (at least for 2-3 weeks during exam season)
Social: have smart friends for good notes for lectures I didn't attend and to practice exam technique with
Financial: have parents give me money
Academic: work smart during exam season to minimise work done:grade received ratio


Hope this helps
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Undergrad:

Personal: Keep at it, don't get bogged down, don't sweat the small stuff.
Social: Was different for me, cos I had mates already and didn't need a social aspect at a new place.
Financial: Live in your means, but try to make allowances for the occasional blowout.
Academic: Working smart is preferable to always working hard.


PhD:

Personal: Take real and complete responsibility for your own learning and progress. If you stop, everything stops. Don't take any ****
Social: My secondary said to me early on that 'PhDs can be very lonely', so make some effort to keep up with mates, or to get your social fix somehow if you are away from home. It is vital to keep up your morale, lest you grind to a halt with your work.
Financial: I got funded, so lots of pressure off. Same applies, budget well, don;t be silly, allow yourself the odd treat.
Academic: Keep up to date with everything in your specialism area. Write all the time, even if it is crap. it can be edited later. A good thesis is a finished thesis.
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Got Stephen Hawking to do it for me.
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What's this presentation for? will it be assessed? It's sounds unnecessary.
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(Original post by MrsMars)
Hello all.

I need some help from people who've got their degree and would be willing to answer a few questions to help me with a presentation.
The brief and template are below, you're welcome to PM if you'd rather not reply on the thread.

Thank you for your help!


How I got my degree



We are doing a group presentation on “How I got my degree”, and would like some insight from people who have got their degree already.

We have divided the path to getting a degree into 4 aspects; Social, Financial, Personal and Academic.

We would like if you could talk about 3 or 4 things in each of the 4 aspects and give a little information on the role it played in getting your degree.

E.g. Financial – making sure you have enough money for essentials. It is important to handle your money correctly, making sure that you have a sufficient amount for your basic needs before you spend on anything else.



Personal








Social








Financial








Academic



Personal:
- Gradual maturation meant that I took my academic life more seriously thus I tried harder.
- A strong desire to improve on my attrocious A-Level results and make up for them meant I tried harder and performed better.
- My career/life plans inspired me to do well, as I had to jump through this hoop (university) in order to move onto further stages in my plans.

Social:
- Helping out at Islamic Society events gave me a sense of responsibility, and it made me more personable and confident. This helped decrease my anxiety when presenting and doing group tasks.
- Frequent meals/gatherings with friends picked up my morale.
- Being away from family through being at university a lot of the time decreased the amount of stress I had from them.
- I found I was a lot more productive when I engaged in group studying rather than on my own (except with one particular friend who I'd always play chess with in the library and rekk him rather than do assignments that were due within a few hours)

Financial:
- Having a part time job helped pay for decent food and trips out with friends which acted as a morale booster (which obviously motivated me to work harder).
- I was also able to pay for my own travel easily, so my commute to and from university had a greater degree of flexibility, meaning I could be more productive at university.
- Having an element of responsibility and a set time table i.e. having to go to work certain days and times, helped to combat lathargy and plan the rest of my day outside of work, again making me more productive.

Academic:
- The availability of some resources e.g. in depth lecture notes/guides for specific topics in some modules made revision a lot easier because it did the leg work for me and provided a concise template for me to memorise to be able to answer exam questions.
- Having a choice within my degree to pick certain modules meant that I could pick subjects which interested/engaged me more, so I was more keen to learn more about them, thus performing better.
- A mixture of assignment types (presentations, reports/essays, numerical tests, written tests, etc) meant that if I was bad at one type and good at another, I could make up for a shortfall in grades, rather than being committed to only one type of assigment that I might be good at or might be bad at
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What's this presentation for? will it be assessed? It's sounds unnecessary.
I'm not about to voluntarily do a group presentation that isn't expected of me.
It's 50% of my grade for this module.
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