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MCI | Managing Your Postgraduate Workload

At times it can be difficult for all of us to manage the competing demands on our time and maintain a healthy work/life balance. For postgraduate students, this can feel especially overwhelming since – in addition to a demanding study schedule – you may have a family to care for, a full-time job to do, a professional practice to maintain and no one standing over you to make sure if and when all this gets done. For online learners, this can be an even bigger challenge, since you not only have to decide when to read, research, practice and study; you also have varying degrees of flexibility around receiving lessons and instruction.

But the good news is, that you're not alone. Time management is a skill you will learn to master as part of your degree and the learning begins now. Start by exploring this curated collection of resources on how to devise and maintain a healthy online learning routine.

Mastering Time Management as a Distance Learning Student

Here are some tips for optimizing time management as a distance learning student. Learn the best way to manage your online courses and assignments.

6 Ways to Deal with Postgraduate Stress

If you’re feeling anxious or stressed about your postgraduate study, you’re certainly not alone. In fact a study in the journal Medical Education said that mental health problems in need of treatment during the postgraduate year were reported by nearly 20% of students, with no gender difference – and lots of that is attributed to stress. Many will wonder where this stress comes from, while others won’t even realise they’re suffering. Here's some tips to help minimise your stresses.

And if you feel like you can't manage this yourself, you should talk to your mentor/lecturer or the student councillor who will be able to help.

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11 Things To Do When You Feel Overwhelmed In College

Is it bad that I’ve only had three weeks of classes and I already want the semester to be over? No? Okay, good. Don’t get me wrong, I do love most of my classes and I feel like they’ll only get better and better, but I wish that were true of the amount of work I have to do! I definitely feel like I’m always doing homework, no matter how much of it I complete; when I finish one class assignment, I have to start preparing for the next. Ya know what I mean???? And if you have a packed schedule, it feels way crazier!

GradLife's Online Study Tips

The team at GradSchool often have conversations with people taking on a postgraduate degree online, and get to hear great solutions to the challenge of completing studies outside the traditional classroom environment.

Here are three “nuts and bolts” strategies for online study success that we have based on suggestions current and former students commonly make – useful things to know before you get started, and handy tips that can assist current students too.

How can I balance work, life and study as a postgraduate student?

We hear a lot about work-life balance in the media. There are articles on how to find it, some that question whether it even exists and others insisting that as we get older an unbalanced life may actually be best. Whatever your view, it’s hard to deny that ‘finding balance’ has become a modern-day 'Holy Grail'. Trying to find that elusive balance between study, full-time work, and family and personal commitments, can seem overwhelming at times.

Managing Reading Workloads

Reading at postgraduate level is not just about reading and committing it to memory, it is about reading and thinking about what you have just read. It is about forming your own analytical skills; forming your own academic opinion.

One of the differences between postgraduate and undergraduate study is the amount and depth of reading. You will never be able to read everything available, therefore you need to learn how to read efficiently and effectively.

The top 5 ways to beat distraction and find your focus

Life has never been more distracting than it is in 2016. Where once we only had to contend with the phone ringing or someone knocking at the door, we now have the world at our fingertips thanks to fast internet access, a never ending influx of email and our 24/7 availability via social media apps on our Smartphone.

It is hard to concentrate on work or study projects when friends are messaging you about tonight’s dinner plans or you just have to compare flight prices for your next holiday right this minute! It might start off only taking five minutes of your time, but five leads to ten and the next thing you know the whole morning has disappeared into a vortex of social media and Googling.

To help you steer clear of distractions and get back on track, we have compiled GradSchool’s top five tips for finding your focus, keeping stress to a minimum and getting your assignment or work project written and delivered on time, every time.

Managing Postgraduate study with a Chronic Illness, Disability, or Learning Difficulty

Completing a postgraduate degree whilst managing a disability, illness or learning difficulty may seem tough, but it's far from impossible. In this post Chantelle offers some tips from her own experience.

Where do the hours go?

Did you know that we tend to overestimate how long it will take to complete short tasks and underestimate the time longer projects will take. Then there's the fact that we forget to schedule time for the basics.

In this article, graduate students and procrastination experts share their best time-management tips to help us avoid this common trap.

7 Time Management Tips for Students

With exams approaching, you should be thinking about how to get better at time management and organize your days so you can strike the right balance between home, work and university life. By taking the time to arrange your priorities, you can give yourself the best chance of staying on track and organized during the exam period, which in turn can help reduce stress levels, something that can be the difference between success and failure at university. Take a look at our top seven time management tips, so that you can do your best at university and also find moments to relax and even earn some money on the side.

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How to Productively Procrastinate as a Postgrad

If you are feeling guilty about procrastinating on your postgrad work, you can greatly improve the situation by using this time productively. Here are a few suggestions for how you can do this:

How To Procrastinate Effectively

Taking a break to do simple or "mindless" tasks can have a positive impact on your creativity, productivity and decision making. So if you're going to procrastinate or waste time, here's how to do it properly.

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Finding Balance in Graduate School - Inquiries Journal

In the darkest days of the graduate school “doldrums,” as you wade through readings and midterms and papers, it can be hard to recall why exactly you decided to go to grad school in the first place. Here are five tips for balancing your grad school workload with your personal life.

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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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