Friday, 14 October 2011

University Students Dump Beer for Books

How to Pass a Degree with Confidence
A study guide for a university or college degree.  

Anthony Fox MSc BSc Hons

The other day I read a newspaper headline which stated that university students were dumping beer in favour of books. In this economic straight jacket you don’t have to be insane. This seems to me to make sense. What is the point of getting to university and wasting your money just on beer? Spend several thousand on a university degree, and then don’t spend any money on books. It doesn’t add up. It makes no sense. It’s stupid.

New York. The Village 
I was always buying books at university. Some I needed. Some I didn’t. If I felt a book would help me get a degree, I bought it. Sure, you can’t buy every book. You don’t have to. Libraries and bookshops become a second home, they did for me. The same is true today. I read a lot. I like a mixture of non-fiction and fiction books. I like to read a wide variety of subjects. I remember at university I would read about ‘why bridges fall down’ and other related engineering subjects, even though the subject wasn’t directly related to what I was studying. Believing, this would give me a deeper understanding of problem solving. I also read law. Specifically I read intellectual property and copyright law. I was fascinated by some of the case stories between multinational technology companies. How some companies had discovered their source code was being plagiarized by other multinational companies. There seemed to be an epidemic.

This reminds me to tell you about the number two hot topic at university. It’s Plagiarism. Yes, it’s everywhere. Your tutors and professors will spend a lot of time telling you about the perils of plagiarism. And so they should. It’s stealing. But it’s an epidemic. I remember the first day of a practical lesson in artificial intelligence language I was studying. I asked the tutor, who happened to have a doctorate, a question. He couldn’t answer.  He disappeared for a short while and came back with the answer. Nice of him, I thought. Some months later, while doing my practical assignment in the subject I reflected back. I realised the question I had originally asked was simple. In fact, it was too easy. Anyone who had studied the subject would know the answer without looking it up. I realised then that the tutor knew jack shit about the subject.

Curious cat, I surfed the net and found the assignment. The tutor had plagiarised and used the assignment posted by another teacher. It just goes to show that it’s not just students that can fall into the trap of plagiarism; it is also rampant among some university tutors.

Here is a list of stories included in “How to Pass a Degree with Confidence” they are not in any order, purely random.

To be or not to be

It’s never too late

We don't all wear the same shoes

We have all the time in the world

Sat there like a Cheshire cat

There’s a bit more meat on the bone

More stress than a chaining smoking nurse

The golden rule

How I got my T-Shirt

A girl came knocking on my window

Realise your potential it’s within you to succeed. Your success is not proportional to the effort you put in, that part is purely random.

I can win the lottery in a second, but spend a lifetime finding a cure for cancer. Which is more rewarding?

I devote a chapter in my book to: why students fail with explanation and examples so that you don’t fail?

Plus: the number one topic you should understand, it could mean the difference between passing and failing?

The book “How to Pass a Degree with Confidence” also includes the following:
A study guide including:  How to write your project or dissertation, exam preparation, how to research, time management, how to reference correctly, critical thinking, how to study, how to revise, a girl game knocking at my window, how to build confidence, the need to set goals, a student perspective, how to cope with stress, how to cope with meagre funds, score more goals than Casanova, top tips for university, and much more.

Readers' comments
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An interesting; innovative, motivating self-help book on how to pass a university degree with confidence, by providing not only the do’s and don’ts, but also an insightful and fascinating personal experience. It was written using the author’s experience gained as a student representative as well as the achievement of gaining an MSc and a BSc Honours degree. Comprehensive and detailed information is provided, to help those individuals contemplating an undergraduate or a postgraduate degree visualise and achieve their goals. 

Each chapter recalls a personal experience that helps to reinforce the academic topic. Every important academic aspect is covered to help you achieve what you want.
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