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Succeeding in postgraduate study
Succeeding in postgraduate study

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8 Top tips for success – comments from students

We asked some Master’s graduates what advice they would give to those who want to succeed in postgraduate study. The comments they provided (below) offer further insight, and should help to guide you in preparing for your own studies:

  • Plan ahead and manage your time effectively.
  • Create a routine and try to stick to it.
  • Make efficient and judicious use of the time you have available for study.
  • Avoid procrastinating. Don’t put off your studies or complete assignments at the eleventh hour.
  • Exercise your judgement. Make sure that you deal with the core study material (core reading and other study resources) first, before venturing further and reading around the subject.
  • Take frequent short breaks. Working non-stop over long periods affects your health, and will dampen your enjoyment.
  • Try to balance your studies with your work and lifestyle. Make sure you also set aside time for friends, social activities, hobbies and other personal interests – you do need time to unwind and re-energise.
  • Focus on your goals. Focus on your immediate goals (a deadline, activity, assignment) and your longer term goals (the end of your course or your graduation), and consider where your studies are leading you. Life happens! Keeping your aim firmly within your sights will encourage you to remain on course, even when things get difficult, see your studies through and help you to succeed.
  • Talk to your tutor (academic supervisor) and seek advice if you have any difficulties. Maintain regular contact with your tutor, seek advice, take on board and act on their feedback – your tutor is an essential point of contact; they offer invaluable advice and are there to support you with your studies.