Thriving in Grad School

Graduate school can be a challenging experience that distinguishes itself from the undergrad experience. Even the most meticulous students can find themselves floundering if they're not prepared. Although there's no secret formula for success, a few proven tips can help you be more successful in your college classes.

Here's the inside scoop on how to thrive academically, socially and professionally during your grad school years.

Take Charge

Some habits that will help you as you step into the graduate portion of your academic career include:

  • Registering for classes as early as possible
  • Creating a schedule that allows you to keep up with the weekly assignments
  • Taking advantage of free school resources like libraries, tutoring and writing centers that are available for both on-campus and online students
  • Contacting your academic advisor regularly
  • Setting achievable and measurable goals each semester

Develop Your Time Management Skills

Good time management is a skill that will serve you well for the rest of your life. Managing your time well means you can give your classes the attention they require while still fitting in free time to unwind and de-stress. Here are a few behaviors that should help you manage your time effectively:

  • Prioritize your tasks each day to make sure the most important items always get accomplished.
  • Avoid overextending yourself. Doing so includes registering for too many classes or taking part in every activity that interests you. You're allowed to be picky.
  • Make sure to schedule regular study sessions during which you do nothing but study. There's nothing worse than cramming for a test five minutes before class. That's a good way to fry your brain.
  • Avoid procrastinating. Instead, complete your assignments as soon as possible. For longer projects, try breaking up the work over the course of the semester. Doing so will reduce your stress levels enormously.
  • Remember that it's okay to set time aside to kick back and have fun. Maintaining balance is essential to college life. If you need to take a few days to recharge, that's okay. Give your brain time to rest, and take care of yourself.

Be Successful in Class

Good grades are the measure of your college success, and higher grades hinge on you doing well in each of your classes. Even if you struggle with a concept or find certain courses challenging, certain activities can help you maintain a strong GPA:

  • Stay organized by holding onto your syllabi and keeping all your notes and handouts in one place, preferably a three-ring binder for each course.
  • Complete all assigned classwork and homework, and don't fall behind.
  • Be an active participant.
  • Communicate with your instructors, especially if you have questions or concerns.
  • Take notes, ideally by hand, as this method will help you retain more information.
  • Study more than you think you need to. Most experts recommend studying for two hours on your own for every hour you spend in class. This process will help you recall information easily when you're taking tests.

Become a Success Story at Rowan Global

Now that you've learned the steps for continuing your academic career successfully, put these skills to the test at Rowan Global. We invite you to apply now or contact us today to find out how to join our thriving student body to continue your educational journey.


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