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  • Paperback: 204 pages
  • Publisher: Kewei Press; 2nd revised & enlarged edition (9 Aug. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956182313
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956182319
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.1 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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"When I was given this book, I thought that it would be another boring book; but how wrong I was! This book is not a book that provides you with details about university life. It is an interactive book that acts as a guide to every student covering aspects like studies, finances; night life and accommodation, just to name a few. In fact, the title of this book pretty much says it all; it portrays a student's life (with lots of introspection from the author) and how to make the most out of university life.
The author of this book, Kevin B. Bucknall puts forth some brilliant points that students (like us) should consider to be successful throughout university. For instance, Bucknall teaches us `how to survive during the first day' and not be left out. He also emphasises the importance of staying focused on the degree and spending more energy on preparing a good thesis at the end of the year. He goes to the extent of providing a list of `good words and phrases to use' when writing an essay/report or the like. Not only that, this book is also useful for those are still schooling but would like to prepare themselves for their university life. Bucknall has devoted an entire chapter to help students improve their study skills.
The way Bucknall has structured each chapter is very interesting. He starts off a chapter by introducing new ideas then moves on to provide some case studies and insert discussion points for students to reflect on and finally ends the chapter with a summary. So, if you are just too lazy to read the entire chapter, you can flip to the last page and have a look at the summary. The fact is you cannot put the book away because it is so gripping; it is written for students by a (former) student. The funny part is Bucknall has included some quotes throughout the books like "some students would rather get bad marks than make the effort of thinking-in fact they do. Please try not to be one of them!" and here's another one: "for the cynics amongst us, team work means never having to take all the blame yourself". You could actually read the book just to ponder the quotes.
Sections on improving presentational skills, tips for exams, organising an essay are particularly useful to all students out there. This book would be an excellent supplement for the `Study Skills' unit that we all took in our first years. To put it succinctly, this book is worth a read by all uni students as it helps in many ways."
--"Pugwash News", Portsmouth's Official Student Newspaper, UK 1 February 2011, by Nandini Indiran, student

This is the end, beautiful friend

There comes a time in the life of each student when they realise that the end is nigh. It is now necessary to resist the temptation to do a second masters in procrastination and to accept that the next decade or two will require total submission to the corporate whorehouse. In a futile attempt to escape the inevitable passing of time and in the hope of returning to a place where the university experience was in the future rather than the past, books such as Kevin B. Bucknall's `Going to University: The Secrets of Success' have become a suitable source of solace.

Bucknall's book, written with the aim of offering a brief guide to those about to arrive at university (including the often ignored mature student), explains the fundamental issues each student is likely to face at university - be it when searching for suitable accommodation or when delivering the inevitable end of term essay(s). For the nervous pre-university student, it can become a reassuring hand on the shoulder. As a succinct guide it can easily be read from cover to cover. Bucknall's engaging writing style and genuine belief that `life is beautiful' shine through and will offer some reassurance to those fearful few who worry about what university life will hold for them. A second use for the book will become clearer upon arrival at university. As a well-constructed and concise offering, you can dip into the chapters on oral presentations and end of year exams, for example, at the appropriate times of the year. You can either re-read the advice on, say, preparation and delivery or just quickly recap the main bullet points summarised at the conclusion of each chapter.

Help! I need somebody
Of course, this type of quasi self-help book is going to appeal to a certain audience. Those with innate confidence in their ability to settle down in a new environment will not need to be spoon-fed advice on completing work in time or be told about the advantages of an effective filing system. There are those, though, who do need this, who have been shielded from the realities of life to such an extent that the simplest of tasks requires a step-by-step explanation. Bucknall makes good points about not sitting like a pudding in tutorials and about re-reading lecture notes throughout the year. In turn, this aim is reflected in how Bucknall expresses himself. In the preface he hopes that he will not come across as an `academic bore'. Naturally any attempt to be down with the kids is difficult for a 22 year old durham21 writer, let alone a 60-something year old who describes himself as an `ancient academic' on his own website. Bucknall tries hard and given that his market isn't the sort who snorts gak off any available surface he is more Aiyegbeni Yakubu than Darius Henderson i.e. he hits the target more often than he misses. The light-hearted comments scattered around each chapter (which are accompanied by a smiley face icon), are evidence of him relating to the reader. In many instances he plays on the meanings of words (`testing animals is bad - besides they always get the answers wrong' and `does my asp look big in this?').

As a curmudgeonly swine who is less familiar with the joys of laughter than Gordon Brown, the throwaway comments didn't really do anything for me. Bucknall's own view in the preface that they are not intended to distract and that `it's easy to ignore them' suggests that he too had second thoughts about their inclusion. Again, though, and without wishing to labour the point with all the nuance of Jeremy Clarkson, it is all about the target audience that will, most likely, be amused by these little jokes and also be familiar with the ideas of a `study buddy' and working hard.

A 2:1, a 2:1, my Kingdom for a 2:1
With soon-to-be students heading off to different courses at different universities across the country the nature of the beast is such that Bucknall's general observations will have limited applicability depending on who you are and what you are doing. The familiar details on managing finances are universally relevant (it is true that ready-made meals are expensive and that bottled water is a waste of money) but then the outline of a typical marking system does not ring true for a History and Politics student at Durham. When a 2:1 (and 60%) is the name of the game, his suggestion that this is the equivalent to somewhere between a C- and a C++ is both somewhat worrying and also inaccurate. I would also dispute some of the other advice offered. Yes, it helps to do some work in your first year but every percent above the pass rate is a wasted mark. If you don't revel in your own idleness in the first year then you will regret it in the more strenuous years that follow. Also, people who make notes in the margins of academic books (irrespective of whether it is their own property or if it belongs to the library) have always annoyed me. You have your own paper to use so why graffiti the work of others with your inane scrabbling?

But then my obvious inability to adhere to many of Bucknall's key points is perhaps the reason why my success at university is questionable and may explain why I won't be receiving a First come June. --"Durham 21", the student newspaper of Durham University,by Richard Benstead, student


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1. Pugwash News, Portsmouth's Official Student Newspaper; Posted on February 1, 2011 by Nandini Indiran, student

"When I was given this book, I thought that it would be another boring book; but how wrong I was! This book is not a book that provides you with details about university life. It is an interactive book that acts as a guide to every student covering aspects like studies, finances; night life and accommodation, just to name a few. In fact, the title of this book pretty much says it all; it portrays a student's life (with lots of introspection from the author) and how to make the most out of university life.

The author of this book, Kevin B. Bucknall puts forth some brilliant points that students (like us) should consider to be successful throughout university. For instance, Bucknall teaches us `how to survive during the first day' and not be left out. He also emphasises the importance of staying focused on the degree and spending more energy on preparing a good thesis at the end of the year. He goes to the extent of providing a list of `good words and phrases to use' when writing an essay/report or the like. Not only that, this book is also useful for those are still schooling but would like to prepare themselves for their university life. Bucknall has devoted an entire chapter to help students improve their study skills.

The way Bucknall has structured each chapter is very interesting. He starts off a chapter by introducing new ideas then moves on to provide some case studies and insert discussion points for students to reflect on and finally ends the chapter with a summary. So, if you are just too lazy to read the entire chapter, you can flip to the last page and have a look at the summary.
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It is getting increasingly harder for young people to find a university place and many of them have no idea of what awaits them when they get there. Expert help is at hand in this book which assembles just about everything one needs to know about making the most of a university education. From the techniques of learning via lectures, seminars and tutorials to organizing notes and information, study and exam methodology, the author explains everything in straightforward terms, case studies and bullet points. Neither is the social and domestic side neglected so that the most ill-informed fresher should face university life without a qualm with Dr Bucknall's book under his arm. Dozens of useful tips are scattered throughout the disparate but essential topics covered. Although aimed at first year students and written in a light and lively manner, the book ends with advice on motivation, brainstorming, team-work and presentations; all necessary for second and third year undergraduates and the wider world beyond university. Unreservedly recommended.
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