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Brush up your basics before first day in college

While students of English and history should prepare actively, those of economics can be more relaxed. Shaswati Das reports.

india Updated: Jul 13, 2012 23:15 IST
Shaswati Das
Shaswati Das
Hindustan Times

Newly admitted students have just nine days left to prepare themselves and brush up their basics before stepping into colleges for the first time on July 23.

Although students taking up English honours are not expected to be familiar with Shakespeare’s works, teachers said those joining the course should know how to write longer answers.

Sanam Khanna, who teaches English at Kamla Nehru College, said: “Students should be prepared to work hard. More often than not, students think that this is an extension of school — which it isn’t.”

Taking preparations for the course could be helpful, Khanna said. “The students should refer to useful websites to understand how to write longer answers and essays. Since the syllabus of the course is already up on the Delhi University website, they can access the texts and start reading them.”

However, those who gained admission to the economics honours course could have it easier. Teachers said a lot of the students did not study the subject in school and so, a knowledge of the basics was not mandatory. But a firm base in math, they said, was a must.

“A lot of students who take up the course have not studied economics at school. While it is alright for students to not know the basic concepts of demand and supply, a certain level of mathematical sophistication and reasoning is expected of them,” said Sanjeev Grewal, associate professor of economics at St Stephen’s College.

Former students say some humanities courses such as BA (Hons) in history require students to know certain important historical events — both national and international.

“College-level history is much more extensive than what is taught in schools. Students should have at least a basic idea of Indian and world history - such as the freedom struggle and the two great Wars. Even if they don't know the dates and chronology of events verbatim, they should have a basic understanding of some important events and people involved,” said Malvika Sharma, who pursued history honours from Lady Shri Ram College.

First Published: Jul 13, 2012 23:11 IST