MSc Business with Marketing graduate Caroline Wong outlines her preparation for an efficient and enjoyable experience at Warwick Business School.
- Make good use of the spaces on offer
One of the best things I enjoyed at WBS was the vast array of options you have in terms of study spaces.
Whilst these spots are perfect for solo study, I also found them to be a great opportunity to meet friends.
- Be kind to yourself
Studying for a Postgraduate degree at a top university can be mentally challenging at times. We’re all here to ace some good grades and land our dream jobs, but don’t forget to take a break.
I completed a French beginners’ course during the first half of my WBS Masters, which was a great platform to meet people outside of my course. I was also a Finalist of the Warwick Postgraduate Student Poetry Competition, and was proud to see my poem on a poster displayed around campus.
Warwick offers over 250 societies, there will definitely be at least one for you – even if you don’t know it yet.
- File your notes digitally
Though your Masters course will only span across one year, it can still be an intensive task to take notes – not to mention organising them for exams.
I’d suggest working together with friends and storing your notes online. You could create a study group and assign each of you with a list of topics – then each person could be responsible for uploading their allocated subject notes, ready for revision.
Storing your notes online is also a very helpful back-up, especially when your laptop or tablet fails – it happened to me twice! It also means you can access your notes whenever you are, just in case you’re feeling productive on your next train or bus journey…
- Plan your dissertation process carefully
It takes a great deal of self-determination, hard work and discipline to sail through the dissertation period.
On top of giving myself a daily timetable, I created a biweekly plan with specific goals per stage. For example: coming up with a literature review, deciding on a methodology, carrying out the research, drafting the findings, and so on.
In the end, I managed to send off my dissertation three days before the deadline, and enjoyed a little more free time than some of my peers – which I’d highly recommend.
We all have our own way of staying organised and using our time wisely – but I hope these tips may act as a useful guide to build on. Good luck!