Saturday, January 10, 2009

P1: Survival Tips

I was just talking to a new P1 who was just asking me what the P1 landscape looked like. For me (a computer scientist with 5 years work experience), here were the main P1 revelations

Keys to Success
  1. Building a good working and personal relationship with the group. This saves a lot of time over P1 and P2. The way I see it, it's okay to burn some time initially working on building a good friendly relationship and tap the benefits of that at later stages. Successful groups had three main attributes - trust (that one of your team mates is capable of doing an assignment as good as you), patience (its okay if we bomb that one assignment, just move on) and a little unstructured (Let the free-rider in your team free-ride, he/she is sacrificing his/her own reputation and that's all).
  2. Focus on accounting, everything else is a piece of cake. Learning curve is steep. A little pre-reading would've been nice.
  3. Don't ignore LPG. Take detailed notes during the term. It can really boost your overall grade later.
  4. Decide if you want to be on the Dean's List or not. Sooner the better. Get it out of your system as soon as you can.
  5. Attend atleast 1 party a week (Depends on #4)

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