6 Things You Can Do To Prepare For Your Degree
Have you recently enrolled in a new degree, such as the AIB MBA, and are eager to get started? That’s a great attitude to take to your studies, because students who spend time laying the groundwork now will find that they’re better equipped to cope with the workload when the course starts in earnest. Here are six tips we’ve developed to help you get off to a flying start.
1. Get a head start on the learning materials
When you study with AIB, learning materials become available two weeks before a subject commences. This allows students to get a jumpstart on their first subject, which can be important when studying in an accelerated format for the first time. Students who schedule breaks between subjects can also benefit from this, and begin reading subject material during their month off.
2. Set up a work space
Distance learning or on campus, you’ll need to do a lot of work in your own time. Set up a work space somewhere in your house that is solely for your studies. If possible, claim a little used room, or screen off a corner of your lounge or bedroom so that you’re as free from distraction as possible. Make sure there’s plenty of natural light and a power source nearby.
3. Develop your networks
Most degrees today, especially those delivered by distance, are accompanied by an online forum where students can interact with each other and academic staff members. At AIB, there is a diverse range of students from around the world, so it is likely that you will be challenged by the ideas of those from other industries and experiences on the forum. New MBA students are encouraged to pose questions to fellow students, and work constructively to tackle projects from new angles.
4. Refresh your study skills
If it’s been a while since you’ve studied, your study skills may need a refresh. When you study with AIB, you will have access to a Study Skills Guide to help you prepare for the road ahead. The guide outlines effective study methods that can be adopted and tips for achieving in assignments and exams. AIB Student Relations Officers and Academics are also only just a call or email away, should students require any assistance.
5. Consider your work/life balance
Studying requires a significant time commitment. Before you begin, see if you can carve out some extra time in your busy life to make room. Talk to your employer about flexible working hours if required, streamline any domestic duties as much as possible and develop a study schedule that will suit your lifestyle. Don’t forget to make time to rest and recuperation during your studies, which can be critical in the long run.
6. Polish your persona
You may be employed in a role you love, but once you complete your studies, you could begin looking for more senior career opportunities, and that means your personal brand will be under the spotlight. Now, and during your studies, is the ideal time to clean up your act. Consider what your social media presence says about you and update your online and offline resume. Add your new degree to your LinkedIn profile too – this will let your network know of your new chapter and will add you to the institutions LinkedIn student and alumni community, so you can keep up to date with the latest news.
What do you think?
What was the most effective thing you did to prepare for your degree? Is there anything you wish you’d known ahead of time?
This article was written by Tanya Ashworth-Keppel on behalf of the Australian Institute of Business. All opinions are that of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of AIB. The following sources were used to compile this article: Oregon State, Forbes, Nerdwallet and Prepare for Success