How to Get a First

How to Get a First : Insights and Advice from a First-class Graduate

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Written by a first-class graduate, this text is for every student looking for realistic guidance on how to achieve their potential and graduate with a top degree. Divided into two sections, the first familiarises students with the building blocks to academic success, including degree choice, work ethic and support systems, while the second sets out strategies that students can apply immediately to boost their grades. Packed with practical tips and inspirational insights from other students, this is a relatable and engaging read which will help students to get the most out of their studies.

This resource will be an invaluable source of guidance to all undergraduates who have set their sights on getting a first.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 120 pages
  • 135 x 190 x 7.11mm | 138g
  • Palgrave
  • Basingstoke, United Kingdom
  • English
  • UK ed.
  • 120 p.
  • 0230362206
  • 9780230362208
  • 655,404

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Thank you for picking up my book. My name is Michael and I hope that you will join me on a journey of inspiration, motivation and academic success. Getting a first is not as daunting as it seems, yet many students don't even bother trying. I hope this book will change that. A first-class degree is now, more than ever, one of the best ways of getting the most value out of university and enhancing your career prospects. So what are you waiting for?' Get the most value out of your degree with this authentic guide from a recent first-class graduate. In this book, you will find: - realistic guidance on how to achieve your academic best without missing out on the social aspects of the university experience
- a solid framework and practical tips to attain better marks
- strategies to immediately improve confidence and study technique
- knowledge about the growth mindset and how to reach your true potential With a combination of personal experience, scientific research and motivational anecdotes from other students, you'll get a comprehensive guide to the key elements of academic success.
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Table of contents

Introduction.- PART ONE: THE FUNDAMENTALS.- Degree Choice.- The Growth Mindset.- Work Ethic.- Happiness and Grades.- Support Systems.- PART TWO: THE STRATEGIES.- Memory Mastery.- Task Management.- Procrastination.- Lectures.- Body and Mind.- Study Environment.- Coursework.- Exams.- Concluding Remarks.- The Book in a Nutshell.- Acknowledgements.- Bibliography.- Index.
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Review quote

'I have to say I really did love this book! Feeling very motivated and inspired after reading it (a boost most students need at some point during their studies!).' - Iram Satti, English Language & Literature in Education student 'You can tell the author has been a student relatively recently which is brilliant for connecting with the reader. The fact that the advice in the book comes from this different angle is a real plus.' - Seb Knight, Politics & Economics student 'As someone who has perhaps researched educational psychology more than the average person, I still learnt a significant amount from reading it. How to Get a First is a clear and well-organized guide to help you excel in your degree, providing you with the up-to-date advice of its recently graduated author.' - The Boar (Univesity of Warwick's Student Newspaper)
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About Michael Tefula

MICHAEL TEFULA graduated in 2010 with a First Class Degree in Accounting and Finance at the University of Birmingham, UK. He won the Ernst & Young prize for the highest dissertation mark and shared the Deloitte prize for the highest module mark with four other students. He was co-founder of Birmingham Entrepreneurs' society (University of Birmingham).
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