I want to do a Manhattan Project on obtaining a post-grad degree.Advice?
December 28, 2013 5:06 PM Subscribe
Is there a formula for thriving at post-grad level with a reputable degree?
posted by Musashi Daryl to Education (9 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I graduated from university as a mature student in 2012. I would like to do a post-grad qualification. I got AAB (I was 0.5% off the third A grade) at A-level, which I did a bit of research about and found out that puts me in the top 11% of the approx. 50% of the population who take A-levels. A third of students get a first on the undergrad degree course that I did but I wasn't able to do so.
I feel I should be capable of doing better but there are many elements of higher education that really throw me. First off, there's the drawn out presentation and literary style that's everywhere. Everything's made needlessly painful with annoying psychological observations.
Then there's the fact that often the explanations given aren't designed to make concepts easier to understand, rather they're gristle for the mill of studying for extended periods of time.
I don't want to whinge but I'd like to brainstorm ideas for really thriving at post-grad level. Are there any courses which are good, will make me employable, but which can be hacked in a Timothy Feriss style to get world class results without sweating blood?
My undergraduate degree was in Economics with Chinese Studies. I like Chinese but I don't want to do Maths at post-grad level as I am a mature student and my mental arithmetic is rusty.
Some questions I'd like advice on, please:
-What's the difference between undergrad and postgrad, e.g. in terms of tuition hours, difficulty of the work, total study hours?
-Is note-taking even more difficult in post-grad? Note-taking from reading was really my Achille's heel in my first degree as I often felt I didn't really understand the concepts well enough to come up with a concise yet accurate summary.
-What skills should I master to give me the edge in studying at post-grad? I'm thinking of things like speed reading, self-hypnosis, etc.
-How do I get less bothered by hostile literary styles?
-Could someone suggest a strategy for me to find mentors who have done a course before me?
Thanks for any help with this.