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Gaining a Good Degree

Your degree grade indicates to possible future employers your commitment and professionalism.

5 things you need to know...

  1. You should treat your degree like a job, and get into good work habits.  As well as attending classes and submitting assignments on time, you must plan the work that you will put in around these in order to be successful.  
  2. Learn about the different types of resources the university provides.  Make sure you know what is available and how to access it.  For example, make good use of your library as this will have resources for your subject and can provide academic help.     
  3. Learn about the different sorts of assignments you will be asked to submit during your course.   You are likely to be assessed by a range of different methods; if you don't understand what you need to do, seek advice.  
  4. Build up good relationships with your fellow students and with your tutors.  Study groups can provide a support network, and talking about your work with others can help you to work through ideas and concepts.  Follow up any reading that tutors provide and engage with your subject.
  5. Develop your time management skills.  You need to develop a good work / life balance; time management is crucial to gaining a good degree.  Make sure you plan your time so that you can achieve your aims.

Need to know more...

We have produced resources to help you to develop your skills in this area.  You will find a factsheet on this topic below, plus others you may find useful.  See also the Online and Books tabs above.  

Related factsheets

There are lots of books in the library about this subject. Look around shelfmark 378.

Need more advice?

You can also discuss your development of this skill with a member of the Academic Skills Team.

Make an appointment for an online discussion or email support  by using our online booking form.

Personalising your device and using assistive tools

There are many assistive technology tools which can help you choose how you want to access material and these can really improve your productivity.

The University has made some applications available on the student PCs within the library and IT Centres; others are free for you to download and use on your own devices (phone, tablet, laptop or computer) .  Find out more on our personalising standard software guide and our assistive tools and software guide.