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How You Can Prepare Yourself for Graduate School

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Are you about to head back to school to get your graduate degree? Or maybe this is an option you are considering before heading out and getting a job. Whatever your reason is for going back to graduate school, it is extremely important that you make sure you are prepared as grad school can not only be difficult to study for, but it can also be emotionally and financially tough too. Here, we are taking you through our top tips for how you can prepare yourself for graduate school.

Get On Top of Your Planning

If you are thinking of going back to graduate school, you will need to accept before you go that this will be main your priority as a full-time student and that you will have to plan accordingly for it. Those who are lucky enough to get into graduate school will have to ensure that they are attending classes, studying and are completing assignments on time. We would recommend that you work out how long you will need to spend studying and completing your course work and then blocking out this time, so you don’t have to worry about distractions. This will give you a good idea of how long you need so you will be prepared from the very first class. What’s more, the studying and prep work doesn’t just start with your classes, it starts before then with your GRE. You will need to be prepared for this and ensure that you have the time to study. You can find the best GRE prep book online that will give you a good idea of what you need to know for this test and how much time you will need to prepare for it.

Find New Tips and Tricks to Learn

Going to grad school will be a whole new learning process in itself and the methods that you once used to study may no longer work for you now. What’s great is that there is plenty of new learning methods for you try and you can figure out which ones work best for you. For some, the good old fashioned taking notes may work best for your concentration, however, for others you may want to try taking notes on your laptop or taking a digital recording device to your class as this may make studying more effective. Explore different ways to study with a trial and error approach.

Utilise Apps and Technology

Just by taking a quick glance in the app store, you will discover that there are so many different cool and unique apps that will help you with your graduate course. These apps can help you with anything from taking notes to keeping track of assignments.

Reward Yourself

Graduate school is tough, there is no debating that, but while you will want to keep your eye on the prize, it is important for your own sanity that you ensure you still reward yourself. Set yourself milestones and when you complete them, reward yourself as a way to stay motivated!

 

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Simon is a creative and passionate business leader dedicated to having fun in the pursuit of high performance and personal development. He is co-founder of Applied Change, a Business Change consultancy based in the UK. Simon is also an Ambassador for Gloucestershire business. Simon is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Professional Development.

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