Preparing for effective post graduate studies


  • When is the right time to start preparing for post graduate study?
  • What does it mean to prepare effectively for post graduate study?
  • What does it require to succeed during post-graduate studies?

Planning timelines: Phase one (1st year of study)

  • Begin to accumulate good marks
  • Start cultivating a the relationship with the career advisor.
  • Join societies and club on campus
  • Talk with seniors( tutors, mentors, residence academic advisors, peer buddies) who are already doing post graduate programmes in your field

Planning timelines :Phase two:(2nd year of study)

  • Begin researching available programmes
  • Visit universities and compare programmes
  • Meet with the advisor to begin discussing your career options
  • Make a tentative list of universities and programme you plan to apply for.
  • Start exploring financial aid resources
  • Get involved or take part in on campus initiatives
  • Continue to accumulate good marks
  • Attend seminars and initiatives to develop skills

Planning timelines :Phase three :(3rd year of study)

  • Continue to accumulate good marks
  • Organise application forms and related information for each programme
  • Apply for financial assistance and scholarships
  • Order and or print your transcript ( academic record)
  • Request letters of recommendation
  • Write a powerful essay and personal statement
  • Prepare for interviews if required
  • Attend seminars and initiatives to develop skills
  • Apply and comply with all application processes
  • Be sensitive to deadlines
  • Tailor your correspondence

What skills are required to succeed at postgraduate level

  • Good command of language of instruction
  • Advance reading skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Organisational and effective planning skills
  • Critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • Ability to manage workload
  • Creativity and innovation skills
  • Ability to work independently and in teams (collaborating with others)
  • Analytical skills and ability to synthesize information
  • Ability to provide constructive feedback

Postgraduate Funding Support (PFS)

  • The post graduate school handles scholarships , internal and external bursaries

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In Summary

  • Decide exactly what you want.
  • Write the goal down.
  • Set a REALISTIC deadline.
  • Make a list of everything you could possibly think of that you will have to do to achieve your goal.
  • Do something every day that propels you toward your attainment of your major goal.