What study habits have you adopted for your degree?
My study habits have changed quite a bit. As an undergraduate, I generally wrote one rough draft for a paper. Now, I write on average around seven. Each professor has their own preference for how they like papers to be written and that needs to be taken into account. Also, I am not used to the exam system. I have spent more time practising writing answers to essay questions.
What tips do you have for preparing for a master’s at King’s?
For any degree with mathematics or economics, I would take a refresher course on Khan Academy. Yes, it is a shameless plug. Khan Academy rocks.
How do you plan ahead and manage your work load?
I have a planner that I use for long-term projects. In the short term, I use Google calendar and my iPad to send me reminders.
Do you have a hobby that helps you balance studying with your other interests?
Yes, I do! I love to knit. It is rhythmic and so it helps calm my nerves. My husband and I also go hiking when we can. We spent a week hiking around Scotland.
What sort of academic support is offered at King’s?
The library offers a lot of support for different things. Professors are also very helpful. My department offers a course for postgraduate dissertations.
Is there any other advice you would offer re: study skills at a master’s level?
Once you arrive, I would look at dissertations from your degree that are in the library. These are good examples of what will be expected from you. My tutor (a professor assigned to you) suggested this to me. It really helped me take my writing to the next level.