How do I succeed in my Undergraduate degree?

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Posted by: Bradley Cronk

I am proud to say that “I am a 2013 Business Management BSc (Hons) graduate with a First Class Honours Degree from Norwich Business School at a top 20 UK University; the University of East Anglia”. I’ve got 4 tips that will allow you to say something similar when you graduate in years to come.

Despite being voted 1st for Student Experience and 2nd in the National Student Survey, studying at the University of East Anglia isn’t just about the bars, club nights, gigs or joining one of the 200+ clubs and societies. Gaining a good degree was equally important for me, so it was vital to have a quality of teaching and academic rigour that would support me in my studies. Suitably, the Norwich Business School have been ranked joint 1st for Business Studies teaching out of all English mainstream universities so they’re well equipped to help us BSc students gain the best degree possible. I would rest assured that the insights I gained were of significant value because I was studying at a University in the Top 1% in the world – Times World Rankings 2013.

1. Lectures & Seminars – Go to them!

It goes without saying that to excel on your course attending lectures and seminars is a must. The academic staff are experts in their fields with knowledge and experience that is more up to date than any text book. Embrace your 12-13 hours per week in lectures and seminars because you’ll find that this is probably the most productive study time you will have!

2. Academic Staff – Speak to them!

Our academic cohort are as inviting and encouraging as the Thomas Paine Study Centre environment within which they are based. For guidance on topics you’re studying, coursework assignments or exam preparation there is no better resource than your lecturers and advisors at the business school. NBS have doubled from 50 academics in 2011 to around 100 in 2013 – now the student:staff ratio is at an impressive 16:1, which means that that the staff have plenty of time for YOU!

3. Library Services – Use them!

The UEA library is an immense 6 story facility in the heart of UEA’s campus with an amazing array of books and library services to satisfy your literary needs – you are likely to find all of the core and recommended texts for any of your Norwich Business School modules on the third floor. Just because the library is open 24/7 doesn’t mean that you can live there, study hard throughout your degree (not just around deadlines and exams) and you’ll be able to avoid long nights in front of your books.

4. Graduate Trainee Management Scheme – Sign-up with them!

UEA careers and employability support and empower NBS students in career development and employability, working with academics from the business school to deliver an inspiring range of events and opportunities. However, the Graduate Trainee Management Scheme goes one step further by offering role exclusively to NBS graduates. Make the most of this service to take part in the recruitment training programme and hopefully gain the experience that when combined with your degree could support you in becoming a commercial success!

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