Through the #DILO series of blog posts we have been bringing you insights into the life of our master’s students, sharing their thoughts and opinions, ups and downs, and key learning points during their online studies. The whole idea behind this series is to make you aware of realities of online studies, and help you in decision making.
This week we take a look at a day in the life of our MBA student Beatrice. Beatrice is an electronics engineer with over 19 years of experience working in IT. She is currently studying for the MBA in Management Consulting, offered through our exclusive partnership with York St John University, UK, and working for an American company as an IT Project Manager. Along with handling a full-time job and a master’s programme, Beatrice manages a busy household with a husband and two daughters. Here is an insight and some words of wisdom that Beatrice had to share from her own experience.
Which Uni are you studying with?
York St John University (UK)
Which programme did you choose and why?
I chose the MBA in Management Consulting programme. It allows me to improve my knowledge and complete my profile as Project Manager.
The Study Plan
How did you plan to study each module, and what was the reality? How many hours did/do you have to put in each day/or in a week?
I planned the modules to avoid overlaps and could make it as planned. It is important to allow at least four to five hours a day, 4 days a week. This can be increased to 5 hours a day when approaching assignment deadline.
What part of the day did/do you find most suitable to study? (e.g. early mornings, lunch break, evenings, weekends?)
What worked best for me were early in the morning and late in the evening, when there is no distraction (work, children, etc.)
How much time did you devote for each assignment?
Generally, 4 to 5 days. Sometimes more, depending on the topic.
Travelling and Communication
How did travelling impact your ability to study?
When travelling, other activities make it more difficult to find the required hours to study
How were you able to interact with peers and/or professors given the time differences?
We used e-apps that allowed delayed interactions (email, campus portal, WhatsApp).
A typical day as a master’s student
What does a typical day as an Online Masters’ student look like for you?
1. Spend 2 hours early in the morning, reading and watching class videos
2. Spend 1 hour at lunch time to review and make some researches
3. Spend 1 to 2 hours at late evening to write or complete researches
It is important to have:
1. The support of your entourage
2. A schedule that includes your studies, work and personal activities, even leisure. Follow it as much as possible
3. A contingency plan
Well indeed, incredibly helpful advice from Beatrice. A contingency plan not only saves you from an unpredictable situation but also helps you follow your study plan with confidence. To get you through the master’s studies we have a great faculty who are subject-matter experts, guide and encourage the students to achieve their potential.
If you have been dreaming of joining a master’s programme or have had this personal goal to gain a higher education, now is the time! Take the valuable advice from our current students, gain from their experience, add your own unique study strategies, and make your own success stories! I would love to feature you one day on our college blog.
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