Transitioning to postgraduate study can be daunting, and to help you navigate this, here are a few tips!
Understand the expectations
It is important to understand what is expected of you from your specific degree. Graduate study is more intense and demanding, and you will be expected and required to do more reading, writing and critical thinking. So it’s essential you are self-driven, motivated and know how to manage time efficiently.
Manage time efficiently
Time management is key during your graduate study. Google Calendar will be your best friend in this case, but more importantly, to find a balance, it is necessary to stick to your schedule consistently.
Connect with other academics
Your Masters programme and your academic and professional network is invaluable. Reach out to faculty members and connect with alumni and experts in your field to begin developing your network. Attend seminars and networking events to expand your network and gain knowledge in your field.
Don’t be afraid of feedback
A crucial component of the learning process is feedback. Your lecturers and mentors will give you feedback on your assignments, papers and presentations. Accept criticism as a chance to improve and grow.
Develop your studying techniques
Efficient study techniques are essential to keep up with your coursework. You must be able to read complex and challenging material, comprehend it, take notes, and write academic papers. Ask recent graduates from your course or even your professors or mentors for advice on how you can understand and learn the lecture material in the most efficient manner.
Most importantly, be patient and don’t be too hard on yourself!
Gopika is currently studying a Masters in Toxicology at the University of Birmingham.