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Thread: Venturing into a Masters- mature student - hints , tips and advice please

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16-Nov-17, 10:33
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Ah ok - there are 8 hours contact time for a full time masters compared to 6 hours for part time . I’ve opted for full time as the contact hours will be all over the place and very difficult to fit a teaching timetable around. I also thought that the experience may be a little less isolating in a full time course compared to part time - is that right ?
From the posts I’ve read on this forum It appears possible to temp here or there to earn a little bit of money without jeopardising my studies . That’s reassuring .

Thread: Venturing into a Masters- mature student - hints , tips and advice please

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16-Nov-17, 06:54
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You’re right . The experience will be what I make it . All very exciting .
Pm133- I don’t think I can put a value on it really but as I’m paying for the course myself , and leaving my job there’s an opportunity cost I guess!

Thread: Venturing into a Masters- mature student - hints , tips and advice please

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15-Nov-17, 21:59
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Thank you for your replies and for your tips! I really appreciate it !

Based on my very brief research on the internet I seem to remember reading about students who barely survived their masters . Some have attributed that to extensive reading lists ,numerous essays due and sheer exhaustion. Is it really that bad? How much reading do you do outside of the contact hours? Say if you had 10 hours contact time a week?

I have been teaching full time at a secondary school for over 10 years , and will have to most likely quit my job to pursue this, so I’m hoping that the intensity of the course won’t be too unfamiliar and that I can keep myself organised. I am very excited at the prospect of immersing myself selfishly in a subject that I find so fascinating (Climate Change and Sustainability)– a welcome break if I’m honest. I also hope that this course allows me to be part of something bigger than myself, and perhaps guide me to a different career path . I do hope I’m not being naïve though.

It is a taught masters, and having only just paid off my student loan I really do not want to succumb myself to that again. I have looked at the alternative guide to postgrad funding and not surprisingly, I’m either too old, or too far away to qualify for any of the grants available. So I will be diving into my life savings to fund this.

Can I ask, for those that have completed their masters degree- aside from a deeper understanding of an area you were passionate about , has your masters degree paid you dividends? Have you changed career paths, has it opened up more opportunities for you? Was it all in vain?

Thread: Venturing into a Masters- mature student - hints , tips and advice please

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08-Nov-17, 18:47
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Hi everyone !
Yes , as the title suggests , I have decided to enrol onto a masters course . I’ve been working for the past 10 years and am thinking of studying full time . I have however heard that it is super intense . Do any of you have any tips , hints or advice ( things you wish you’d done or known ) that You could pass on ?
For example : to buy or not to buy books , how you stayed organised , what kept you going , what was the most difficult part , any websites that are particularly helpful for students , grants and funding , things like that really .
I’d really appreciate it !
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