Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Academian Rhapsody - I

I've written quite a few articles about campus life in Singapore, however, someone pointed out that I was yet to write about academics.

Well I guess academics is also an important aspect of student life, isn’t it? I write this post specifically for Undergrads. For students who will graduate out of high schools and junior colleges and have the first bite at the exciting university routine.

To get started, let me tell you, these three or four years of your bachelor’s degree might probably be the most exciting, excruciating and enchanting experience ever. Lots of things change once you reach tertiary education. Your lecturers and professors will expect you to be more insightful, analytical and collaborative.
Students are often expected to form academic groups and tackle different aspects of a bigger problem and later integrate their results. Presentations also form an important part of academic life. You are bound to sharpen your soft skills in team work, public speaking and leadership.

The way of writing in high schools and in universities has a drastic difference too. Essay and reports are a student's daily diet. It is not a bad idea to pick up books that improve your writing skills. You can find a lot of resources on the web and libraries that tell you details about the approach to tackle university education in general.

An interesting book for the same is ‘The Art of Studying: from school to university and beyond’ by Mr. Anthony Lee. Mr. Lee was my lecturer for a class in Advanced Programming Skills and has a vast experience in university education. If you like video tutorials, I’d recommend one on essay-referencing. (http://www.usq.edu.au/library/Breeze/Fac_Business/HarvardAGPS/)
It’s a comprehensive guide to reference your essays, projects and reports.

That wraps up our first rhapsody. Stay tuned for more.

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