Three Tips For Grad School Success

To make the most of graduate school, make friends, ask questions, and communicate.


Grad school is a wonderful, and challenging, adventure. Here are three tips for making the most of it.

Ask lots of questions and don't be afraid to ask for help

At grad school, it can feel like everyone already knows everything, but we guarantee that they don't. Everyone is learning together, so go ahead and ask your questions! Ask your professors, your supervisor, and your fellow students. When you need help with something, ask! And, don't forget to take advantage of your university's many other resources. For example, UBC's Graduate Pathways to Success workshops can answer your questions on academic, professional and personal development.

Communication is key

No matter what you're studying, clear communication is vital. Talk to your professors early and often. Tell them what is challenging and what is going well, and where you need their help. And don't forget to tell your friends and family about your work so they can support you (even if they can't pronounce whatever you're studying).

Build your social network

Grad school is a lot of work, and it can be tempting to spend every day at the library or in your lab. But that won't make you a better student ? it will just lead to burnout. So, make friends, and make time to see them. Connecting with others will give you the mental and physical break you need to return to your work refreshed.

No matter what challenges grad school brings, if you ask questions, communicate clearly, and build connections, you will be poised for success. To learn more about the supports and resources that UBC has to offer, attend one of our grad school info sessions.

Best of luck on your adventure!

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