If you’re going to invest a sizeable chunk of money in your education, you’ll want to see a good return on your investment. Here, then, are our simple tips for being a great student…
Read around the subject
Read everything and anything, about your subject. Small but vital facts can dramatically change the way you look at things. For instance, art scholars only found out about the extent of painter, Vincent van Gogh’s self-inflicted ear injury a few years ago when a letter, including a sketch, to an author (Irving Stone), from van Gogh’s doctor (Dr Felix
Variety of sources
Sources aren’t just found in traditional libraries. Use contemporary sources and artefacts or secondary accounts that might be recorded on film or audio tape. Look out for primary sources – that is from people that have an actual ‘eye witness’ point of view and contrast them with secondary accounts to understand how different the raw and interpreted views can be.
Connect with people
Communicating and connecting with a wide variety of relevant people is easier today than it’s ever been. It’s vital to gauge and debate the opinions of your fellow students as well as to tap the brains of your tutors and lecturers. Furthermore, through social media, it’s even possible to reach out to genuine experts in the field.
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Study the news alongside your subject. If you are able to find parallels and patterns, the work you produce will be all the richer for it. A
Studying at college or university is an enriching, holistic experience. With any luck, you’ll have picked a subject that you’re interested in, which always helps.
Away from the academic element