Bachelor’s is an extensive period of equipping a student with all the basic level knowledge and professional expertise. Still, when they go for a master’s, there is a lot they find new. In fact, some of them leave before completing because they are unable to get along the competitive studying environment. Here are a few things that you should know in order to be well-prepared for your master’s in a social sciences subject.    

Enhance your attention span to attend hours-long classes

You hate when teachers used to take two hours classes, right? Well, be prepared for even longer classes. An average class during master’s can be of three to five hours. So, before you start your master’s, increase your attention span to the extent you can. Have a healthy breakfast that includes coffee or strong tea because you sure are going to feel sleepy no matter how long you slept the last night. Use other ways to stay active in your class like participating with the lecturer and taking notes actively. This will enhance your interest in the class and the time will pass easily. 

Extensive reading 

It is not like your undergraduate that you can go to your class without even opening your books at home and then paper night study saves you. You have to be an extensive reader to develop a mature analysis of your subject. Not just your course books, master’s require you to have detailed knowledge about everything. When it comes to social sciences, the more you read, the lesser it is. So, read your course books and the books that are somehow related to it. In short, if you do not have this habit before, develop it now.   

Be prepared for interactive classes 

In bachelor’s, you used to sit in a class of almost forty students or more. It would work if you did not participate in the class. Sometimes, the teacher doesn’t even know your name till the end of the semester. However, the case is the opposite in masters. The strength of the class is usually 15 to 20 students. The teacher has a close interaction with all of the students so, the class is usually very interactive. Be prepared for your lectures ahead of time so that you do not get embarrassed when it comes to giving your expert point of view before others.  

Presentations are important 

In masters, you are a scholar. So, behave like one. You cannot simply make slides consisting of basic definitions and examples of the theories. It is a few steps ahead of that. You not only have to give analysis-based presentations, but sometimes have to introduce new ideas, critique philosophers, and bring new dimensions to theories. In other words, you have to make scholarly presentations and assignments. It is a way to equip you academically and professionally. So, don’t take it lightly.  

Do your thesis like an expert

Again, there is a real difference in the thesis of bachelors and that of masters. The previous one was just training. Don’t take a master’s thesis that easy. As you are giving scholarly presentations and assignments, you have to be an expert in the thesis. Make it with the intention that you will publish a scholarly article out of it and present it at some international conferences. Your supervisor will also be expecting a lot from you. Thus, start preparing for it from the start of your semester. 

Enhance your analysis for exams

 The questions in the exams of a master’s student are not simple either. You will not be getting the definitions of theories and their explanations in your questions. Neither will it all be about some surface-level analysis. Instead, you will be getting detailed questions demanding your critical view over some philosophies or theories. Do not prepare for exams like a student who is studying all these theorists or philosophers. Study them like critical thinker who has their own ideas. Only then will you be able to cope with the standards of an intellectual.

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Ayesha Areej is a staff writer at The Academia Magazine

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