Graduate Study Challenges and Strategies for Success

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Graduate Study Challenges and Strategies for Success

Graduates Study Challenges and Strategies for Success Making my decision to go to graduate school through an online program was difficult. I had no idea what to expect. However, with my administrator’s advice and encouragement, I decided to start on this new endeavor and take the challenge. My only experience as a student has been the traditional classroom, which alone produces in me a set of uncertainties about the challenges I will face. The unfamiliar setting, communicating through writing and being good at research are my three challenging areas. In order to juggle these and many my other responsibilities as a fulltime nurse and a mother it may take some fundamental strategies for my success. On my first course of the online graduate program in nursing I realized that it requires a whole different approach towards studying. I need to spend at least 15 hours a week which might take five to seven days spent in front of the computer. My ability to use the online/technology properly in order to meet the instructor’s requirements for the class and complete assignments on time are a must. Be able to work with others in completing projects was an interesting experience as not all teammates have the same approach to building relationships and understanding the importance of adhering to institution’s standards. As I will continue to my next course, I intent to promote consistent and effective communication among team members to ensure that team assignments will not get compromised and to be of utmost quality. Be able to communicate through writing is an ongoing challenge as English is my second language. I have a tendency to write as I speak. Not that I speak inappropriate but, I am less than perfect when I find myself translating literally a phrase or a word directly from Spanish into English making its meaning absolutely



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