I've recently been focusing on making a lot of decisions - what I want to do post graduation, where I want to live, and so on. To that end I've finally picked what I want to do (working as an interpreter, which will require a Masters, so I'll do that in Germany where it's cheap), and that I want to live somewhere in Europe (as I was going along the lines of "anywhere I speak the language/can learn the language before this is really narrowing it down!).
Anyway, the most important thing I've done is to decide what grade I want to get in my degree. John F. Kennedy once said "Once you say you're going to settle for second, that's what happens to you in life.". Therefore if I say that a 2:1 is an acceptable result for my degree that's all I'll ever achieve. Unfortunately when I sat down and did the maths I'm only achieving a 2:2 right now. Thankfully there are 3 different ways I can achieve the grade - and my plan is to simply average all but the worst 20 credits of my final year. Unfortunately this means I need a minimum average of 70. Preferably higher. To be on the safe side I would like to achieve the grade via 2 methods which involves an average grade of 80ish.
So, how the heck am I going to achieve this? Firstly I have a dissertation due this time next year which is worth 40 credits. I have been working on this for a while, and so now I'm taking a bit of time to review some books on how to write a dissertation and the university guidelines.
Secondly recently bought a book by Cal Newport "How to Become a Straight-A Student". I read it once, and I'm going to read it again tomorrow (yes - it's that good!). It's got a lot of really good advice in which I plan to implement. I'm going to do my best to kick start everything over the summer. I have a summer job which is 35 hours a week and 2 days off, so I can utilise my free time to do things like grammar and vocabulary revision for languages, and the recommended reading for other courses.
Finally, I would like to ask if anyone out there has any advice for me. Obviously step 1 is checking the requirements for my modules (done) so I can prepare properly, but I've not been at uni for 2 years so I'm definitely going to start with some quick revision of what I've already done that I will need to know when I return. But can you make any recommendations?