The leap between the undergrad and postgrad can sometimes come as a surprise, especially if you’ve been out of education for a while. Postgraduate study involves applying skills and knowledge in a more sophisticated and advanced way than was required during your degree. Your Guide to Successful Postgraduate Study demystifies some of the expectations of post-grad study and outlines tools and strategies for developing skills that will improve your work throughout the whole of your post-graduate course. This book advises you on how to: • decide what to read, and how best to read it • produce engaging outputs in writing or speaking that are convincing and engaging • pursue academic arguments and show evidence of research/reading • maximize your employability after graduation. Get ahead of the game and equip yourself with the skills needed to supercharge your postgraduate work! SAGE Study Skills are essential study guides for students of all levels. From how to write great essays and succeeding at university, to writing your undergraduate dissertation and doing postgraduate research, SAGE Study Skills help you get the best from your time at university. Visit the SAGE Study Skills hub for tips, resources and videos on study success!

The Study Environment

The Study Environment

Chapter overview

This chapter explores the process of applying to university, studying there, and the support that will be available for you. We try and demystify this process, and we encourage you to be confident about making your choices and planning your studies. In particular, we recognise that many postgraduate students have to balance postgraduate study with other demands, including home, family, partner and job. For this reason, we have tried to structure our advice and guidance so that it is clear, realistic and applicable across a variety of different contexts. For example, the section on ‘Earn as You Learn’ recognises that most postgraduates will need to work and study, whether they are on a part-time or full-time course.

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