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Worcester College of Technology

Working with Worcester Warriors

How I got Worcester Warriors players to help me with final scientific dissertation.

DATE

2007

COMPANY

Worcester College

INDUSTRY

Education

Introduction

In college I was studying for a BTEC National Diploma In Sport and Exercise Science. Coursework included physiology, human anatomy, bio-mechanics, psychology, nutrition, statistics and analytical procedures. For my final big dissertation I needed to come up with something creative to win over the tutors. I decided to work with one of the biggest rugby clubs in the area, or even in rugby itself.

Situation

I needed to find a way to get the best marks on a dissertation as I had not got the best grades in the previous modules due to being new to learning. I wasn’t taught how to write the perfect essay or answer questions the way the tutors wanted.

Some of the other college kids trained with the Worcester Warriors team. I needed some great athletes to work with who would provide really good results.

Hindrances

To get the Worcester players on board I would need to build a relationship with them first. Rather than just go in guns blazing. I also needed to make sure I wouldn’t cause injury and that everything was prepared correctly to save time.

Actions

I got in touch with one of the main players who was also a coach for the college rugby team.

I then attended rugby sessions every week.

I slowly got to know the coach and then dropped my question to see if the other players were interested.

Results

The other players agreed to do it. So it was just a case of setting up a time and date. I also sent a schedule of the tests I wanted to be carried out to the main coach, to make sure it wouldn’t interfere with their other training. The test was completed and my tutor was impressed I used my initiative to get hold of the main rugby team in Worcester and one of the best in the UK.

This dissertation brought my grades up dramatically.

I got the grades I needed to move into university.

The coach for the team also adapted their training of the players based on the tests results I found and the research I had conducted.

Evaluation

I didn’t really try to get 100% full marks in every subject, in every test and essay in college. I did the bare minimum.

Looking back I would ask for every little bit of help I could. Try to obtain example essays. So I knew what to do, before even doing it.

I would also ask what the highest scores in the country were and what marks the top universities look for.

Instead of just doing enough to stay in a rubbish local university.

College was fun, but I wasted so much potential and time.

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