I remember thinking when I was an undergraduate student that postgrads must be extremely clever, and very focused. This year I have found myself in the mysterious world of postgrad study, through undertaking my Honours in Media and Communication at UC. Already there’s so much to do that it can be easy to get overwhelmed!…however I know that my year doesn’t even really compare to studying towards a Masters! But all postgraduate students have different strategies that help them get through the year. Here’s a few of mine….
- Make friends with your classmates: You see them so often that it’s important you try and get along! Your study will feel a lot less lonely if you have some friends who understand what you’re going through, because they’re going through it too. Also if you need help with a concept, or notes from a class these friends will come in handy!
- Keep your non-postgrad friends: Don’t forget to make time for those friends who were there for you before you entered into postgrad. With the amount of time your head is in a book, these friends can provide a much needed break!
- Get some good study music: At the moment I’m loving Pandora Radio, a free online music service, for creating different study playlists. What’s so awesome about it is that you can enter and artist or genre you like and Pandora will find you a playlist of music similar to this. You can even follow other people’s pages and look at their playlists too.
- RefMe App: My friend who’s studying Honours in History just showed me this and I love it! The app allows you to create bibliographies, citations and references on your phone. It’s so easy as well! You just take a photo of a book barcode on your phone and it imports all the details into your device for you. Check it out for yourself…
- Take regular study breaks: Believe it or not taking regular breaks actually helps keep you more on track, rather than pretending to study! One of my favourite things to do on a study break is watch a few buzzfeed videos, or read some of their articles. I find that this feels like a more relaxing break than being bombarded by friends on social media!
Let me know what you think of these tips, or if you have any good ones to add to the list!