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Postgrad 101 : How to Survive and Succeed

An archive of shared insights and helpful advice on various topics including adjusting to postgraduate life, overcoming the imposter syndrome, what it means to pursue mastery, maintaining motivation, connecting with colleagues online 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. 

How to Read for Grad School - Inquiries Journal

Strategies and advice for conquering huge amounts of reading in graduate school without getting completely overwhelmed in the process.

Academia Stack Exchange

Q&A for academics and those enrolled in higher education. Among other things, you can find general and specific advice on

  • Life as a graduate student, postdoctoral researcher, university professor
  • Transitioning from undergraduate to graduate researcher
  • Inner workings of research departments
  • Requirements and expectations of academicians
What advice do you wish you’d gotten when you graduated from college? 25 TED speakers answer.

Whether you put on your cap and gown last week -- or last century -- these honest answers can give you some insight and guidance.

Build Relationships With Faculty as an Online Student

Five tips prospective online students can follow to develop relationships with their professors.

Online Study: Your Basic Setup

There’s a first time for everything, and as with anything new, you may be feeling just a tad (or a ton) anxious about the prospect of studying online. You may be wondering whether you’ve got everything you need to start, let alone succeed. The good news is that you don’t need much – just a few basics to arm you for the journey ahead. Let’s jump in!

8 Habits of Highly Successful Students

Some students just have everything together. They earn awesome grades, but they're also successful on other fronts. Opportunities always seem to find them, and they're always prepared for what's coming next.

If you want to become one of these students, start by adopting their habits.

My book "10 Steps to Earning Awesome Grades" is completely free, so check it out if you're interested in improving your grades!
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Six skills you need to land a graduate job.

Read about the six skills employers say are a must when going for a graduate job.

What's your professional personality? The careers quiz.

Take the quiz and uncover your unique career personality, as well as a range of occupations tailored to your interests.

Tips for Successful Online Learning

Whether you’re trying online classes for the first time or looking for ways to strengthen your current habits and approaches, there are a few key areas to consider to set yourself up for success and take full advantage of all online learning as to offer.

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