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Hey all,

I am starting Masters very soon and wondered what things I should
be prepared for?

Experiences of first week/what to look out for/how to plan the year ahead?

My course is Part-Time

THANKS !!!!
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(Original post by shivani123)
Hey all,

I am starting Masters very soon and wondered what things I should
be prepared for?

Experiences of first week/what to look out for/how to plan the year ahead?

My course is Part-Time

THANKS !!!!
It depends on your course really. What will you be studying?
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(Original post by shivani123)
Hey all,

I am starting Masters very soon and wondered what things I should
be prepared for?

Experiences of first week/what to look out for/how to plan the year ahead?

My course is Part-Time

THANKS !!!!
Tbh, I don't think there's much you can do. I started my MA in an unrelated field to my UG and I didn't do any prep. Mainly because the 1st term modules were introductory modules or theory-based modules. But ofc, all courses are different.

If you've been accepted, nothing wrong with emailing the admin team and asking if there's anything you could do. But the first week is not that intense (well it wasn't for me).

I hope you enjoy it!
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hey shvani123 , nothing i can add to help .. but I start my part time masters in a few weeks too ... so ill keep an eye on this thread see if anything useful is suggested !
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Depends entirely on what you're doing. I can only speak to humanities but:


  1. Do the reading. Every time, no excuses. Make notes on the texts as you go.
  2. Go beyond just the set reading. Look up footnotes/references; go down Wikipedia rabbit-holes; Google terms, authors, etc. and learn as much as you can.
  3. Make use of your tutors' and lecturers' office-hours. I cannot emphasise this enough. I learned more by talking 1-on-1 to my lecturers than I did through lectures or seminars. Ask them to clarify things you're unsure about, offer your opinions, have a debate with them, ask them if they have any recommendations for further reading on the topics.
  4. Don't work yourself so hard that you burn out. It is possible to balance work and play during your Master's degree. I did it. You just have to be strict with yourself about structure. I used to make sure I was at the library every day for 12PM after having a big lunch, and I would stay there until about 7PM doing focused work of the kind outlined above. Afterwards, I could text a mate and ask if he wanted to meet up for a pint or two. But be strict with yourself: plan at least what your day or week's general structure is.
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