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June 11, 2010 / Julia Hughan

5 Tips For Honours Students

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A few words of wisdom…

  1. Be sure to engage with your supervisors/professors/lecturers. The advice of staff can be invaluable and the more personable you are, the more likely they are to be in return.
  2. Structure your time well. When you reach Honours level of study, it is very easy to become overwhelmed and the idea of consolidating research assignments seems next to impossible. The best way to do this is to formulate a timetable that will allow you to focus on different tasks, whether it be course work, a presentation or research. By planning out your time, it will help ensure that every facet of your course is taken care of and it will also assist in minimising your stress levels.
  3. Learn how to operate EndNote. Enough said.
  4. Realise that you are not an island. We all need help at times. The smartest decision I made this year was to pay a visit to the faculty learning services centre. By scheduling that appointment, I was able to gain some objective feedback which ultimately changed my entire outlook on the entire assignment for the better.
  5. Be passionate. Choose a thesis topic that you revere. During your Honours year, there will be days when you want to throw the towel. However, if your topic truly strikes your interest then there will always be a light at the end of the tunnel. If you are not invested then your course work will eventually suffer.

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