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October 13, 2009

Challenging year*

During the induction week, we were told that the MSc in WMG is an intensive one.  Every tutors here put strong emphasis on time management and this ideas just repeatedly mentioned in every induction activity. I used to be quite confident in my time management skills.  But I am worried to learn that the minimum time that I need to spend on my study is actually 40 hours a week!!!  This is a lot different from the learning style in my undergraduate studies.

Yesterday we got instructions on the 6 mini-projects for CBE.  We have to finish all of them by the end of next week.  I think the time is not very sufficient for me to do that since I have to learn all the new materials and put them into our work in this short period of time. And I have a big problem that I have no internet access in my off-campus accommodation.  I can't stay very late in the library everyday to search for useful materials.  I am quite worried about that but I am trying my best to make good use of my time during the daytime.

Apart from the time management problem, doing research is another new challenge for me.  In my undergradute studies, I learn knowlege from lectures and I am not familiar to research new ideas by myself.  I have a problem that I am not sure with the things I have found.  Fortunately, I feel more comfortable to ask questions in Warwick than in my home town.  The learning environment here is a lot different from the past and I hope my problem can be solved by asking opinions from lecturers and group mates.

This is just the start of the term, though I am prepared to face challenges when I decided to have my postgraduate studies, I cannot get rid of my worries.  I hope I can do well in the mini-projects and adapt to the new learning style here as soon as possible.


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