"This book takes a clear approach to the challenges of university life, offers realistic advice, and demonstrates how to acquire transferable skills for future employment. Issues examined include how to maximize your academic performance, develop powers of expression, analyze data, write a dissertation, and identify what employers want."—ABSTRACTS OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION, DEVELOPMENT, AND ENVIRONMENTThis book takes a clear-eyed approach to the challenges of University life, offers realistic advice and demonstrates how to acquire transferable skills with a view to future employability. Topics covered include: " What employers want;" How educational performance can be maximized;" How to maximise powers of expression;" How to analyze data; " What to do and avoid doing in writing a dissertation.Written in an engaging and non-nonsense style, by experienced teachers, the book offers students the perfect one stop guide to making their university study experience count.

How Students See it

How students see it

Chapter Overview

  • Experienced students' views on expectations, risks, challenges, tradeoffs and work-life balance.
  • Student views – mature students and younger students.
  • ‘Deep’ learning styles.
  • ‘Cue-seeking’.
  • Research on the hidden dimensions of student life – plagiarism, ‘playing the game’.

In this chapter, we are trying to present some studies which have attempted to pin down student expectations of university life and how actual students have coped. This should be useful to newcomers, who will discover that current and former students have had similar problems and have devised ways to overcome them. It is nearly always a comfort for the slightly insecure to realize they are not alone. We are not suggesting that student strategies are always successful or appropriate, though, and we add some findings ...

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