Category - Coursework

Learning and studying habits for grad students

Graduate students who are at least one year in to their program can all tell you that the way you are expected to learn and study as a graduate student is not the same as when you were an undergrad. Too many undergraduates are able to get buy with A’s and B’s by relying on strategies such as rote memorization, late night cram sessions, and last minute papers. While these habits may have gotten you though your undergrad degree (they did mine), those learning and studying strategies will NOT translate well to your graduate student experience. In fact, if you are in the habit of studying this way, they will be a hindrance to your success. Graduate-level education is very different from undergraduate education, and only by acknowledging this and recognizing the differences will you be prepared to be successful from the start. Read More

Taking online classes as a graduate student

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Online education isn’t going away. It’s everywhere, and entire universities now exist solely in an online environment. Public and private brick-and-mortar universities are devoting time, money, and resources to expanding and promoting their distance learning courses. The ultimate goal: Making post-secondary education more accessible than ever. For undergraduates, this option has existed for a while. However, some schools offer online classes for graduate students, as well, knowing that this is a group more likely to need the flexibility from their continued studies as they try to navigate both an academic and professional world. But are online worth the time and energy required to complete them? Read More