An archive of insights and advice on postgraduate learning, lifestyle and success.
Whether you’re nearing the end of your undergrad or you graduated several years ago, the decision to do a Master’s degree is not always an easy one. If you’re looking for some positives to help justify the extra costs of further study, maybe this will help you feel confident that you've made the right decision.
As graduate adviser in my department for the past five years, I’ve distilled the advice I offer each fall to new graduate students down to six key lessons. Here is my crash course aimed at those of you just starting out now in M.A., M.F.A., or Ph.D. programs in the humanities and social sciences, and at those of you running orientation programs.
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So, you’ve got a Bachelors degree under your belt and you’ve decided to commit to further study. You might be wise with undergraduate experience but don’t expect your first term of the MA or MSc to be an extension of third year.
If you have a place on a master's course and you recognise that you made mistakes as an undergraduate that you’re willing to rectify, there is no reason why you can’t make the transition a little later in life from underachiever to highflyer.
Impostor syndrome is the feeling that you don’t belong — in graduate school or in your first academic or alt-ac job — and it’s more common than you might think. It makes people believe that they aren’t good enough, smart enough, or deserving enough.
We've discussed some important things to know if you're headed to college, but if you're headed to grad school, the game changes. In many fields, it's all but required, and even if it's not, it might be necessary to distinguish yourself from the competition. If that sounds familiar, here are some things we wish we knew when we went after our advanced degrees.
The Council of Australian Postgraduate Associations (CAPA), is the peak body representing the interests of Australia’s 320,000+ postgraduate students. Founded in 1979, CAPA is a membership based non-profit organisation. CAPA’s member organisations include 33 postgraduate associations, and the National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Postgraduate Association (NATSIPA).
As the national voice on postgraduate issues, CAPA communicates the interests and perspectives of postgraduate students to the Federal Government, Federal Opposition and minor parties, and higher education peak bodies.
CAPA’s activities are supported by quality research. CAPA continues to play a leading role in higher education as an authoritative source of information on postgraduate issues.
Information, support and advice are provided to individual postgraduate students by CAPA’s affiliated member organisations on university campuses in each state and territory. CAPA’s members also elect regional representatives to assist in coordinating activities and information sharing between postgraduate associations.
This badged open course, Succeeding in postgraduate study, will introduce you to the nature of Master's level study. It offers essential preparation for pursuing your learning at this level.
The importance of theoretical knowledge in Masters education is often underestimated, but, in reality, it results in better decision-making.
The Thesis Whisperer is a blog newspaper dedicated to the topic of doing a thesis and is edited by Dr Inger Mewburn, Director of research training at the Australian National University. It contains many useful insights and resources.
In a world where scholarly publication is changing rapidly, how should we approach the work of the dissertation, and of scholarly qualifications? This group of articles, the second of two clusters in the new Alt-Academy project Graduate Training in the 21st Century, attempts to respond to this question, and to raise new ones, by showcasing the work of early career scholars actively reimagining the dissertation as proto-monograph.
Strategies and advice for conquering huge amounts of reading in graduate school without getting completely overwhelmed in the process.
Q&A for academics and those enrolled in higher education. Among other things, you can find general and specific advice on
- Life as a graduate student, postdoctoral researcher, university professor
- Transitioning from undergraduate to graduate researcher
- Inner workings of research departments
- Requirements and expectations of academicians
Whether you put on your cap and gown last week -- or last century -- these honest answers can give you some insight and guidance.
Five tips prospective online students can follow to develop relationships with their professors.