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Surviving Your 1st Year of Graduate School

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Tips on what to expect in graduate school and how to survive your first year in graduate school.

Tips on what to expect in graduate school and how to survive your first year in graduate school.

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  • 1. st 1 Surviving Your Year in Graduate School
  • 2. Get used to reading…a lot. • Train yourself to read • Active reading (notes, etc.) • Speed reading classes
  • 3. Get used to writing…a lot  No multiple choice tests  Journal articles, grant proposal, thesis/dissertation proposals, term papers, etc.  Develop your writing Writing Center at UTA
  • 4. Participate in class  That is, engaging in actual dialogue, not just showing up
  • 5. Double check everything Quality work, be detail oriented High Standard Don’t be afraid to ask questions
  • 6. Manage Your Time Efficiently
  • 7. Manage Your Time Efficiently  Reading up on time management techniques  Exercise to be healthy and reduce stress  Find time to do things you enjoy for the sake of your sanity  The last 2 are not a waste of time!  Burn out
  • 8. Introduce yourself to your professors  No, it’s not sucking up.  Remember, they’re human too.
  • 9. Develop a Good Relationship With Your Faculty Advisor  Get  Be to know them open and honest with them  Remember: They want you to succeed and are here to guide your through graduate school
  • 10. Don’t be a • Like Eric said last week, don’t burn bridges • Future work
  • 11. Your Friends & Family  Might feel neglected  May or may not understand how difficult graduate school is  Tell them what to expect when you start graduate school  Unfortunately, you might lose a few friends too
  • 12. Emotional Rollercoaster  Your fellow graduate students are feeling the same things you are