For most graduate students in education, summer is the season of accomplishment. Whether you are a teacher or administrator, work duties are a bit more relaxed. This means that you are able to set goals to advance your degree progress. That might mean that you are able to take an intensive week-long class, have time to write your candidacy exam, or analyze data collected during the school year.
If you are one of those graduate students, be proactive.
Now is the time to look at your summer calendar to set achievable goals for yourself along with a timetable that will keep you on track. Some of these goals might require you to meet with your committee. If this is the case, make sure that you schedule your meetings before spring semester ends to ensure the availability of your team.
While you might work more intensively toward your degree during the summer, do consider how much you can reasonably accomplish.
Stretch yourself, but don’t snap.
It’s difficult to start a new school year when you do not feel refreshed and renewed.
- Remember to set time aside for yourself.
- Time spent with your family and friends keeps you motivated and grounded.
- Plan outings that you can look forward to as rewards for rigorous work.
- Set smaller achievement goals and rewards every day that can keep you on track.
- Take a walk around the neighborhood or make a coffee run if you meet your daily goal.
- Find a place to work with limited distractions. It might pay off to take the time to go to the library instead of getting up every few minutes to do something around the house that will divert your attention from your task.
The National Graduate Student Committee of Kappa Delta Pi is offering an online professional development contributing some tips, resources and challenges for you this Saturday, April 23 starting at 10:30 a.m. Eastern. You can register by clicking here.
We invite you to join us if you are able. If not, we will be gathering a list of information that we share, along with some recommendations that we might not have time for, in a document that you can download. Check back here next week to download those tips!