This semester I am taking 3 classes for my Pathology Assistant program: Microbiology & Immunology, Specimen Processing, and Gross Anatomy. So far Microbiology has been a review of the classes I took in undergrad, but the professor basically said "study what you think you should know". Umm, what? Specimen Processing is our first pathology class so there is pressure to do fabulous, but I am hoping this one will be okay for me since I've been in the field for 5 years. I have really enjoyed Gross Anatomy so far because it is super relevant to my program.
So after one whole semester, I am totally an expert at graduate school, so here are my 3 tips to succeed in grad school!
This should be a no-brainer, but if you are in grad school to begin with, I am sure you did fairly well in undergrad. And if you were like me, I didn't have to study that hard in undergrad. So what a shocker it was now that I'm in grad school and need to study all the time.
Grad school is no joke. It requires a ton of dedication. You have to get perspective and decide what is most important to you. I am assuming if you are spending a load of cash (or student loans) on graduate school, it is fairly important. So you have to put it first. Put your schooling and studying before blogging, checking your social media, and hanging out with friends.
I suggest reading over the new material 10 minutes before class each day so you know what will be discussed that day. I also use the time in between classes to review material from the day before so I won't spend every ounce of my free time studying.
Now what fun would your life be if everything you did was school? It wouldn't be. So make sure you find balance with what is important to you, what you want to do, and what you have to do. Can those dishes wait? Absolutely. Can you give up all your hobbies. Absolutely not. You would be miserable!
I set mini-goals each day of the things I need to get accomplished. These goals can include things I need to get done like laundry and dishes and things I want to do like shopping or catching up on my DVR. And since I want to take a mental break
What tips do you have to succeed in grad school? Also, make sure you check out my post tomorrow when I explain more about my grad program!