There must be a myriad of articles and blog posts telling you how to get extra credit by convincing your tutors that you’re a brilliant student who knows everything. However this will not work at Leicester. Due to the anonymous marking system the only way your tutor will know that you wrote your essay is if you literally tell them, and even then they’ll aim to mark it as if it was from anyone. This, then, is a post on how to make your essays more unique and interesting, and impress your tutors and students to earn street cred (on the mean streets of the university campus).
The thing to remember is that everybody is reading the same books. Obviously the recommended reading list is brimming with suggestions, and not everybody will choose the same books from that, but there will be a lot of overlap in terms of gobbets and factoids you can bring up. For this reason I recommend looking in less academic but nevertheless useful places. Watch Horrible Histories. Better yet, read Horrible Histories. There are few people our age who remember the books enough to make any use of them. Not to brag, but I once won a pop quiz with my knowledge of Slimy Stuarts. Watch documentaries on TV and YouTube. Look for internet articles related to the subject. Join discussion groups. Follow the QI Elves on Twitter. Buy one of their books (about half of their facts are historical). Ask friends and families at other unis if they’ve seen anything relevant. Find books in charity shops. Always be on the lookout for something to make you stand out.
Now you can use tips like these to make your essays more shiny and unique!!! And that’s a way impressing your seminar tutor can get you extra marks.