Sort out your finances
It's of paramount importance to sort your finances out before you start your postgrad studies and then you can focus on your course properly. Check everywhere for scholarships and bursaries as you can find them in all sorts of places including your university's finance office. It might be a good idea to sort yourself out with a postgraduate loan from a financial company like Prodigy Finance who offers tailor-made postgraduate student loans by assessing the students' future earning potential based on past achievements to determine individual loan affordability. Find out more here. Other options include Postgrad Solutions Study Bursaries which are worth £500 each towards postgraduate tuition fees.
This motto is not just for Scouts! Always have the book you're reading or your notes with you as you never know when you might get a spare few minutes to catch up. This is especially true when you're travelling or waiting for an appointment.
Back up your work and back up the backups!
Oh so important. Do not lose your work. This will waste you valuable time. Make sure you back up your data to a couple of different places every time you have done some work. It will put your mind at rest and if you've got all that precious work saved in different places it won't matter when you're locked out because you forget your password for one of them!
Be professional from the off
Clear out that weird email address you picked when you were 13 and get yourself a professional one that you're not embarrassed to say out loud. Have a rake through your social media presence, get rid of the embarrassing photos and get that CV up to date. You want to be able to jump at a chance of work experience, or better a job offer, as waiting to reply to an offer while you clear out your social media will waste precious time.
Keep one step ahead of the reading list
Start early and get on with reading. You want to cover as much as you can, but the list is almost certain to be more books than anyone could read in the time you've got. Focus on what you must do and what you want to specialise in.
Make friends and influence people
Network with everyone you meet and be helpful to others as you never know who might return the favour. But make sure you keep the right side of creepy! Don't sit silently watching on professional social media pages, you need to participate.
Take time out
Relaxing and socialising are important parts of postgrad life, and you need to regularly get away from the books. Knowing you are going to have a break is the only way some of us can keep going.
Get enough sleep, eat well and take exercise. This will keep your mind clear and improve your ability to focus on your coursework. Of course, this is all easily said and getting plenty of fruit and veg is not so simple when you've only got the time to pop to the corner shop, but at least try and then you'll find it easier to study.
Keep focused on your long-term goals
When you're in the midst of the revision and exam periods take a moment to think about your long-term goals. Remember that this course is a stepping stone to that place.
Talk to your tutors, lecturers and fellow students
If you find your course is becoming a problem, taking the time to speak with your tutors will ensure that your work doesn't suffer more than it has to. Don't bottle anything up and talk about your worries as soon as they start to appear.
Please note that the information here does not constitute financial advice. Prodigy Finance is one of many potential funding options for international postgraduate students. Other student funding options are available and Postgrad.com advises you to research all your options thoroughly before making such a commitment. Postgrad.com accepts no responsibility for your choice of loan and does not endorse or support Prodigy Finance. Prodigy Finance Ltd is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, and entered on the Financial Services Register under firm registration number 612713.