Hello lovely readers!
It has been over a month since I shared my last post. I thought I was doing so well by blogging at least once a week but then my university work load fired up like a dragon and I had no choice but to put the blog to one side.
I’m going to be honest, it has been a tough few weeks. Back in September, our course leader warned us full-timers that April and May would be really difficult and he recommended that, if we could, we should drop down to part-time to make life easier for ourselves. That wasn’t an option for me as James and I only planned to do long distance for a year, so I powered through, remaining focused on the end goal of moving in together this summer.
When our course leader explained how difficult it would be, I shrugged it off. I’ll manage, I thought. And I have managed – if managing includes chronic crying, temper tantrums and comfort eating. I had 3 assignments, week after week, during the Easter holidays and, as it’s all online submission, I chose to take my work down to Coventry and spend extra time with James. Poor James. He’s a trooper. I’m not sure he quite knew how to console me half of the time, but he tried his best.
Tomorrow is officially my last exam and then I have three months to write my thesis. Looking back on the last few weeks, it feels like I’ve been battling through a storm but the clouds have finally parted and all that lies ahead of me is beautiful sunshine. (Metaphorically, but also realistically as I’m flying out to Malta to see my parents on Friday!)
A Masters is hard work so here are my 4 top tips for success:
- Know when your assignments are ahead of time and time manage when you will work on each one. This helps to avoid leaving it until the last minute.
- Ask a friend or family member to proof read each assignment for you – an extra pair of eyes are invaluable for spotting easy mistakes or explaining a concept clearly.
- Work together with your class peers. I have been so fortunate to have met amazing people on my course. Throughout the year, we have pro-actively met up for study sessions together and offered each other support and guidance.
- Schedule in your ‘you time’. Knowing that you’re going to take the next day off is really motivating for staying a little longer at the library the day before.
Are you finishing a postgraduate course? Do you have advice to offer? Let me know in the comments below!
Thanks for reading!