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Postgrad 101 : How to Survive and Succeed

An archive of shared insights and helpful advice on various adjusting to postgraduate life, overcoming the imposter syndrome, what it means to pursue mastery, maintaining motivation and study tips for success.

5 Reasons to Study a Master's Degree

Whether you’re nearing the end of your undergrad or you graduated several years ago, the decision to do a Master’s degree is not always an easy one. If you’re looking for some positives to help justify the extra costs of further study, maybe this will help you feel confident that you've made the right decision.

Welcome to Graduate School

As graduate adviser in my department for the past five years, I’ve distilled the advice I offer each fall to new graduate students down to six key lessons. Here is my crash course aimed at those of you just starting out now in M.A., M.F.A., or Ph.D. programs in the humanities and social sciences, and at those of you running orientation programs.

How To Survive Online Classes!

Are you taking online classes this fall? Are you terrified? Lisa Ferguson is answering your viewer questions about how to tackle online classes and distance ...

Masters: How to Survive

So, you’ve got a Bachelors degree under your belt and you’ve decided to commit to further study. You might be wise with undergraduate experience but don’t expect your first term of the MA or MSc to be an extension of third year.

Underachiever to highflier: How to perform well in your master's

If you have a place on a master's course and you recognise that you made mistakes as an undergraduate that you’re willing to rectify, there is no reason why you can’t make the transition a little later in life from underachiever to highflyer.

Impostor Syndrome Is Definitely a Thing

Impostor syndrome is the feeling that you don’t belong — in graduate school or in your first academic or alt-ac job — and it’s more common than you might think. It makes people believe that they aren’t good enough, smart enough, or deserving enough.

Seven Things I Wish I Knew Before Going to Graduate School

We've discussed some important things to know if you're headed to college, but if you're headed to grad school, the game changes. In many fields, it's all but required, and even if it's not, it might be necessary to distinguish yourself from the competition. If that sounds familiar, here are some things we wish we knew when we went after our advanced degrees.

The Council of Australian Postgraduate Associations (CAPA)

The Council of Australian Postgraduate Associations (CAPA), is the peak body representing the interests of Australia’s 320,000+ postgraduate students. Founded in 1979, CAPA is a membership based non-profit organisation. CAPA’s member organisations include 33 postgraduate associations, and the National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Postgraduate Association (NATSIPA).

As the national voice on postgraduate issues, CAPA communicates the interests and perspectives of postgraduate students to the Federal Government, Federal Opposition and minor parties, and higher education peak bodies.

CAPA’s activities are supported by quality research. CAPA continues to play a leading role in higher education as an authoritative source of information on postgraduate issues.

Information, support and advice are provided to individual postgraduate students by CAPA’s affiliated member organisations on university campuses in each state and territory. CAPA’s members also elect regional representatives to assist in coordinating activities and information sharing between postgraduate associations.

Succeeding in postgraduate study

This badged open course, Succeeding in postgraduate study, will introduce you to the nature of Master's level study. It offers essential preparation for pursuing your learning at this level.

The Value of Theoretical Knowledge in Masters Programmes

The importance of theoretical knowledge in Masters education is often underestimated, but, in reality, it results in better decision-making.

The Thesis Whisperer

The Thesis Whisperer is a blog newspaper dedicated to the topic of doing a thesis and is edited by Dr Inger Mewburn, Director of research training at the Australian National University. It contains many useful insights and resources.

Alternative Academic Careers

In a world where scholarly publication is changing rapidly, how should we approach the work of the dissertation, and of scholarly qualifications? This group of articles, the second of two clusters in the new Alt-Academy project Graduate Training in the 21st Century, attempts to respond to this question, and to raise new ones, by showcasing the work of early career scholars actively reimagining the dissertation as proto-monograph. 

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    Dr Jodie Taylor is a Senior Lecturer in Media & Cultural Studies at SAE Creative Media Institute, Brisbane. Through the lens of critical pedagogy, Jodie’s praxis-orientated approach to education is guided by the desire to help students become aesthetically inspired, media literate, culturally sensitive, critical and creative thinkers.

    She is the author of Playing it Queer: Popular Music, Identity & Queer World-making (Peter Lang 2012), and co-author of Redefining Mainstream Popular Music (Routledge 2013) and The Festivalisation of Culture (Ashgate 2014). She has published more than 30 scholarly articles & chapters on popular music, gender, sexuality and ageing; queer theory, youth culture and subcultural style; and ethical relations in ethnographic fieldwork.

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