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    (Original post by generalebriety)
    I doubt it. There'd be little point in it - they'd want you to learn from your mistakes in one essay before moving onto the next, no? It's a learning process, rather than just a way of getting you to plough through eight essays...
    Well, yeah, but I would have done the reading and I'd still have the bulk of the essays that I could simply tweak (or perhaps overhaul) in the light of supervisions. :tongue: OK, I do admit that it is a little bit of a pointless endeavour...
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    (Original post by minimo)
    you mean blue shirt at st benet's? I actually prefer blue jumper at benet's.
    Yes that guy, and yes the guy in the blue jumper is the best by far
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    (Original post by lavalse)
    yes its true
    it depresses me to think we only have 3 weeks left!!
    Ah, I don't know. At the moment it depresses me to think there are still 3 weeks left (4 until my flight back home). Although this is possibly just due to common week 5 blues.
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    Aren't there 4 weeks left???
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    (Original post by Chess Piece Face)


    Let's say it's the end of Easter and you already know what papers you want to do next year. Do you think it would be possible to talk to your DoS, get them to arrange your next supervisor, learn which topics he or she teaches within the paper, choose which ones you want to do and then get your supervisor to give you all the essay titles so that you can do them all over the summer holiday so that you'd be less stressed in Michaelmas?
    Not the essay titles, but it's perfectly reasonable to try to get hold of a reading list for Michealmas and an idea of topics to be covered. If you can do the core reading before term starts this takes a lot of pressure of term work in my experience and makes everything more enjoyable. Just explain to your DoS that this is what you want to do - it's actually very sensible and a DoS is never going to say no to somoene who wants to spend their summer reading...
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    Let's say it's the end of Easter and you already know what papers you want to do next year. Do you think it would be possible to talk to your DoS, get them to arrange your next supervisor, learn which topics he or she teaches within the paper, choose which ones you want to do and then get your supervisor to give you all the essay titles so that you can do them all over the summer holiday so that you'd be less stressed in Michaelmas?

    OK, I admit, a little far-fetched, but...
    Sounds like a nice idea but probably wouldn't work as your DoS might like you to actually do some work during Michaelmas :P On the other hand, I know someone who did all his German lit essays for this term over the Christmas vacation, so anything's possible!
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    (Original post by jcb914)
    Aren't there 4 weeks left???
    Three and a half. :tongue: Yeah, it's closer to 4 weeks till the end of full term, but closer to 3 till the end of lectures and stuff. Not that my supervisions will stop on Wednesday, of course.
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    (Original post by fumblewomble)
    Not the essay titles, but it's perfectly reasonable to try to get hold of a reading list for Michealmas and an idea of topics to be covered. If you can do the core reading before term starts this takes a lot of pressure of term work in my experience and makes everything more enjoyable. Just explain to your DoS that this is what you want to do.
    Hehe, yeah... I did some of that this summer but the main problem was that the scope of any given paper is so wide that there's always the likelihood of reading up on irrelevant topics. So I'd prefer to know what my Michaelmas supervisor specialised in, although I don't think they arrange it until late in the summer...

    (Original post by Crazy_emz)
    Sounds like a nice idea but probably wouldn't work as your DoS might like you to actually do some work during Michaelmas :P On the other hand, I know someone who did all his German lit essays for this term over the Christmas vacation, so anything's possible!
    Well, obviously I'd do work, just not necessarily on the paper I'm doing in Michaelmas. :tongue: Plus I'd have to set aside a few days just to go over my notes so it can be fresh in my mind for my supervision and modify my essays in light of them. The German lit guy gives me some hope, thank you :tongue:[/QUOTE]
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    (Original post by Chess Piece Face)
    Hehe, yeah... I did some of that this summer but the main problem was that the scope of any given paper is so wide that there's always the likelihood of reading up on irrelevant topics. So I'd prefer to know what my Michaelmas supervisor specialised in, although I don't think they arrange it until late in the summer...
    I guess it depends on the subject. I've always been able to pick my own topics (within reason) so it doesn't matter so much on who the supervisor is and what their specialism is.
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    Do they not normally give you a reading list for the next year before the end of Easter term? I'm a really slow reader so it would be helpful to actually read some stuff over the summer vacation, especially as I'll have to read so much more next year.
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    I have come to the unpleasant realisation that wonderful although Ward is, it is distressingly lacking in Chocolate. Therefore I have decamped back to my room.
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    (Original post by K.T.)
    Also, in TSR news, I just saw epitome in a pub in Newnham, so she is alive & well. Just not here...
    Newnham the place? There's a village near my home town called Newnham. In hampshire...?
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    There is also a village of Newnham in the Cambridge area, as well as a college :rolleyes:
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    (Original post by Crazy_emz)
    Do they not normally give you a reading list for the next year before the end of Easter term? I'm a really slow reader so it would be helpful to actually read some stuff over the summer vacation, especially as I'll have to read so much more next year.
    I'm a slow reader too. Damn daydreaming...

    I don't know if they give us a reading list for the next year before the end of Easter term. Since hardly any historians have exactly the same paper combination, it would have to be a highly generalised one (there's only one paper that all of us do, i.e. Historical Argument and Practice). I could just look at books on the general reading list for a given history paper on the website, but I'd want to have an idea of the specifics as I did find out this Michaelmas that there were some things I wanted to do that my supervisor didn't teach.
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    (Original post by Crazy_emz)
    Do they not normally give you a reading list for the next year before the end of Easter term? I'm a really slow reader so it would be helpful to actually read some stuff over the summer vacation, especially as I'll have to read so much more next year.
    I think you're a MML student. In which case, (long) reading lists are usually on the faculty website (look for the paper). Get guidance form your DoS if you're not sure where to start and don't worry - you're not expected to read everything!!
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    If any MMLers (or otherwise) are doing Li1 (or another linguistics paper), there are extensive reading lists for each paper on the linguistics department website. Especially in the case of semantics and pragmatics...
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    (Original post by Gesar)
    Newnham the place? There's a village near my home town called Newnham. In hampshire...?
    Yeah, probably means the village rather than the Cambridge college... :confused: :tongue:
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    (Original post by Chess Piece Face)


    I don't know if they give us a reading list for the next year before the end of Easter term. Since hardly any historians have exactly the same paper combination, it would have to be a highly generalised one (there's only one paper that all of us do, i.e. Historical Argument and Practice). I could just look at books on the general reading list for a given history paper on the website, but I'd want to have an idea of the specifics as I did find out this Michaelmas that there were some things I wanted to do that my supervisor didn't teach.
    If you prod your DoS gently and show you're keen, they should be able to tell you what to read. There may be more books added to the list when Michealmas comes but you'll at least have made a start. And introductory reading is never wasted. I've always found that DoS's are prepared to spend a bit of time giving specific guidance if you ask for it.
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    I think you're a MML student. In which case, (long) reading lists are usually on the faculty website (look for the paper). Get guidance form your DoS if you're not sure where to start and don't worry - you're not expected to read everything!!
    Ahh, thanks. I didn't manage to read enough after results last summer and so this year has been rather difficult at times because I'm constantly trying to race through a book so I can write an essay about it.
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    (Original post by Supergrunch)
    If any MMLers (or otherwise) are doing Li1 (or another linguistics paper), there are extensive reading lists for each paper on the linguistics department website. Especially in the case of semantics and pragmatics...
    I got the first book on that list in the CUP booksale for £3, and I swear I've seen several others in there. :confused: I love the CUP booksale. :tongue:
 
 
 
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