History: the Low Down
|All Soul's College, view from the Radcliffe Camera|
So as you may already know, or not, I'm studying history at St Benet's Hall.
#Oxfess is full of contradictory opinions on what the hardest subject at Oxford is and I'm certainly not suggesting that it's history but I'm finding it's up there!
On average I have three tutorials a week for my British paper (I picked Brit 5 1685-1848) and then I have a historiography paper which looks essentially at how historians have viewed history over time. We study four historians in total and so I've had a lecture on each one which is on average a lecture every other week.
I then have a tutorial for my British paper each week for an hour and then a historiography tutorial with all of the historians in my year (five of us) for two hours. I have an average of 1.5 contact hour a week and 1.5 essays a week to complete- if you manage your time effectively!
That doesn't sound too bad but I've found that the volume of reading I need to do for each essay is quite substantial and I often find time running away with me and there have been a few late night essay writing session which I really don't recommend.
|Just a selection of books for an essay on British art from 1685-1848|
It's taken me almost all of first term to get into my stride but I know find that the best ways to avoid crises are:
- Start your essay as soon as you get it, it won't go away if you simply ignore it!
- Plan how long you're going to spend on reading, planning and writing
- You will start to read and write faster so persevere!
- If you're confused, seek clarification as soon as possible
- Stop when your'e tired
- Sometimes you need down time, accept that and try not to feel guilty