Getting Started

  • Lucinda Becker
  • David Price
Part of the Palgrave Study Guides book series (MASTSK)


There are four common ways in which a student might choose a degree subject or subjects: you will probably fall into one of these categories:
  1. 1.

    You might be simply carrying on with whatever subject or subjects were your ‘best’ subjects at school or college.

  2. 2.

    You might have had little choice about your subject: if you wanted to go to a particular university, for example, or if you did not do as well as you had expected in your pre-university examinations.

  3. 3.

    You might have chosen a subject with one eye firmly on the future, and have based your choice on whatever course you think will best help you into your chosen career.

  4. 4.

    You might have chosen a subject on no other grounds than that it appeals to you.

When you came to fill out your UCAS form, it probably all seemed a bit theoretical. You can feel as if the process is rather unreal: you are choosing a university, and a subject, on not a great deal of evidence, and suddenly it is all real, it is all happening, and you are here, at university, studying a subject that less than a year ago was no more than a choice amongst several written on a form. If you have taken a gap year, the distance between making a decision and actually being at university studying a subject is, of course, even greater. It is worth taking some time, now that you are at university, to think about which category, or categories, you fall into, as this may have an impact upon your performance, methods of study and overall motivation.


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© Lucinda M. Becker and David W. Price 2003

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