Study Tips for Graduate Students
Graduate school is a little bit of a different ball game than undergraduate school. While undergraduate school probably had you memorizing facts and theories and general information and then taking an exam to prove you learned the information, graduate school is more about application. You have to be able to apply your knowledge to real world situations. Writing and research take a front seat in grad school while memorizing takes a back seat.
Tip #1 Learn where to find it: Information is still an important factor of grad school. It's just more of a matter of knowing where to find the information, rather than memorizing and regurgitating the information.
In graduate school your learning is a lot more focused and concentrated than in was in undergraduate study. In graduate school you will learn something and then will be given the opportunity to prove your understanding by integrating your knowledge into a project or your research project that is focused on your own educational goals.
Tip #2 Application and specialization: Since you have narrowed your focus of study down by the time you have reached graduate school, the knowledge that you gain at this level really has to do with being able to apply it to your particular field of study.
Tip #3 Set up a schedule or keep a master calendar: Graduate school brings on a lot of projects, group assignments and research projects. Keep a master calendar of when all of these projects are due and plan out your time accordingly. Try to break large projects into small segments so that you can complete a little bit of the projects at a time without having to cram completing a huge project into a small amount of time.
Tip #4 Motivation: Motivate yourself by rewarding yourself. When you stick to your schedule and complete your tasks as planned, reward yourself. Take a night off for some fun or sleep in late. Pick something that you love to do and allow yourself to do it! This will rejuvenate you and clear your head, so that when you return to your studies and your schedule, you will have a fresh perspective.
Tip #5 Make a note: Carry a small notebook and a pen with you at all times. Jot down ideas that pop into your mind about your research, projects, or exams. Use these notes when you sit down to tackle your studies. This helps you to keep your thoughts organized and also reduces the chances that you will forget something important that popped into your mind while you were on the train or standing in line at the grocery store. You never know where you will run across and think about information that is pertinent to your studies.
Making the adjustment from undergraduate study to graduate study will take somewhat of a change in your mindset. Undergraduate and graduate courses of study have different ways to reach the end result, which is earning your degree. These 5 study tips will help you to make this transition an easier one.