Welcome to How To Get a First!

This site was set up after I graduated several years back. Its purpose was to share my experience with a few friends who were still at University. I hope you find it useful.

Please do not ask for advice

I keep getting comments asking for advice regards access to degree courses, life decisions and more besides. I am not qualified to answer anything like that and will not approve comments asking questions like that. If you have need advice regards specific issues on your degree course, speak to your Student Union representative.

Sorry for the Mess!

This site badly needed an overhaul which is now in progress, I'm afraid that whilst that is ongoing things are in a bit of a muddle... give it a couple of years and it will be glorious!

Before you Start University

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Learn to touch type before for your degree starts

Every degree requires a substantial amount of written work to be completed. If you are aiming for a fist class degree, you will need to work even harder, spending more time editing and polishing your … [Read More...]

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Learn about referencing, writing reports and essays and improve your degree marks

Report and Essay writing are generic skills required on any university degree course. During the summer break before starting university, read up on Academic Report writing Academic Essay … [Read More...]

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Learn to use your wordprocessor and get better degree marks

It is important to get the best from your word processor on a university degree course as it will enable you to produce better quality degree assignments in a s shorter space of time. This knowledge … [Read More...]

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People at Uni

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Avoiding freeloaders on your University Degree Course

The only problem I had with other students at university was dealing with freeloaders. Very early on in my degree I allowed another student to read some of my work. It quickly became apparent they … [Read More...]

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Avoiding cheap loaders on your degree course

When writing the post on Avoiding Freeloaders I forgot to discuss another group, whom I have taken to calling cheap loaders! A cheap loader will present themselves as being overtly helpful during … [Read More...]

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Work with Lecturers and Tutors to improve your degree marks

Developing relationships with university lecturers / tutors is straight forward as they behave in a professional, ethical and to a point, predictable manner. It is important to remember that … [Read More...]

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When You First Start University

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Taking the Initiative on your Degree Course

When studying for a degree no one is going to hold your hand. Unlike school, no one is going to make you get up in the morning, no one is going to tell you to attend lectures, it is down to you as … [Read More...]

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Find out what services the University offers and improve your degree marks

It is important to quickly understand what services and resources are available to you on your degree course. Not all resources at university are publicised as well as you would imagine. Do some … [Read More...]

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Get in first for a First Class Degree at the library!!

There is rarely one university book per student available, it is always first come first served, you have to be quick off the mark if you want to get ahead for a first class degree! As soon as you … [Read More...]

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Time and Efficiency

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Learn to touch type before for your degree starts

Every degree requires a substantial amount of written work to be completed. If you are aiming for a fist class degree, you will need to work even harder, spending more time editing and polishing your … [Read More...]

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Using Past Exam Papers

Using past exam papers are very useful for revision for your degree examinations. Past exam papers allow you to test your knowledge, in depth on real degree questions. Trying to answer these degree … [Read More...]

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Dont Procrastinate Until Tomorrow!

Procrastination is the thief of time. - Edward Young (1683-1765) A point I have made a number of times on this site is the need to get ahead with your work. Getting ahead enables you to plan your … [Read More...]

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