Going Beyond the Classroom: Super-Curricular Reading and discovery
One of the best ways you stand out during your Sixth Form studies is through the amount of independent reading/watching/debating/studying you undertake outside of the classroom. Regardless of your future plans, the ability to extend yourself and research independently into your interests is an invaluable skill – this will support your university applications and/or future job applications and interviews. All universities expect more than just classroom knowledge, which is where super-curricular activities come in; these are academic enrichment tasks that show you are interested in your studies beyond what is on the school syllabus.
This ‘Discovery List’ has been put together to help you develop your interests not only in your chosen fields of study, but also in the wider world around you.
- Free podcasts, video lectures, reading recommendations
- A whole range of resources from leading universities (Oxford, Yale)
A website put together by University College, Oxford ‘University College Oxford’s online hub of resources for students aiming high at school and thinking about applying to top universities. You’ll find plenty of resources to help you develop your interests, book reviews from current undergrads to help you ‘read around’ your subject, ideas for stretching yourself beyond the school syllabus (now an essential for entry to highly selective universities) and some stuff about student life at University for good measure
Higher Education +
Cambridge University’s HE+ provides ways of exploring you’re a Level subjects beyond the curriculum. Each topic is produced by Cambridge postgraduate students and academics at the cutting edge of research in their field. The topics provide guided activities, questions to think about and suggestions for further reading.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4 Excellent range of archive material (use the categories search to help you find something that interests you).
In Our Time From history and literature to politics and science/philosophy and ethics, University professors discuss and debate their specialist topics.
The Reeth Lectures Significant international thinkers deliver the BBC’s flagship annual lecture series
Thinking Allowed New research on how society works
The Infinite Monkey Cage Brian Cox
From Our Own Correspondent BBC correspondents take a look at the stories behind the headlines
TED – https://www.ted.com/ Watch talks from experts from a variety of fields, including lectures of less than 6 minutes
MOOCs – Massive Open Online Courses – These online courses provide videos, reading lists and activities – you often don’t need to formally complete the course
Read newspapers! Some online versions are free, read more than one to develop your critical skills