GraduateLevel ExpectationsErickaJonesProfessionalCommunications 516January28, 2018Communication& Graduate level Expectations The transition from undergraduate to a graduate student is adaunting task and can occasionally be a cumbersome business. Theexpectations of the graduate student pursuing a higher degree in thefield of education are arduous; the student is required to be morethan just a student but also a professional student that can instructother students. As a graduate student, I will focus my efforts onacquiring and sharpening my professional writing skills. I willpersevere through hectic and stress-filled days by following a timemanagement regimen. I will also ensure that I have set aside time torest, so that when I do perform- I do my personal best.
The graduatestudent in education must understand a specific subject but will alsobe a professional at the techniques needed to teach another uniquestudent, regardless of limitations. Communication,collaborative efforts, and perseverance are the three key componentsthat prepare the graduate student for the professional pressure andexpectations (including ethical & moral) that they will be taskedto handle. The first step all educators at the graduate level must beis an exceptional communicator, in both interpersonal communicationand writing. The skills that make the graduate student effective atprofessional communication are; knowledge, structure and professionaltone. When it comes to interacting with other professionals andwriting professional works, the graduate student must be clear,concise and professional. Communication must be explicit but not toowordy. Also, most professional works are usually impersonal.Professionalism is needed in graduate-level communications &writing, this way the overall tone is implied and the objectives areunderstood.
In order to improve my own professional writing skills, Iwill focus my energy on editing and grammatical structure. Much of mywriting has been free-lance, with much less structure and exhibited apersonal tone. To acquire and hone these skills, I will seek inputand collaboration via instructors, graduate-level classmates,workshops and online resources.StrategiesThat Enhance Learning Myshort time as a graduate student, teacher and parent have taught methat strategic planning is an absolute must! Being a graduate studentalone is a lot, and adding on more work makes life that much morerigorous, so to use my time and talents wisely I employ severalregimens to help me stay grounded. One of the things I do every dayis I make sure to take a minimum of a 4-5 hour nap, and this helps meto recharge and rejuvenate my body, I also try to maintain a healthydiet.
As a teacher, I have time throughout the day when I have noclass period, and I use this time to get extra work done and reachout to other professionals. Another piece of my game plan to helpmake my life easier is to do work and study on the weekends, I canthink without students interrupting or the phone ringing. Studying onthe weekend is much less formal and helps me to decompress, althoughI do not spend the entire weekend working. While I believe mystrategies help me to absorb the material better, I also thinkcollaboration is key to my success and the success of all graduatelevel students. Students are not self-contained, we need input fromother sources, so I make sure to reach out to veteran teachers andadministrators who have a wealth of class resource knowledge. Once Ireach out to other professionals, I learn short-cuts and whichwebsites the school makes regular uses. Another strategy that Iemploy is classroom management, when I let my students knowexpectations upfront, then less time is wasted, and we don’t end upbehind in what we are working on; meaning I don’t have to revise mylesson plans.
Onthe day that I am fortunate enough to graduate with my master’sdegree will be one of my proudest moments, but I understand thatthere were weeks of strategies that worked and some that didn’t work.I will appreciate that my instructors expressed and expected me toadhere to a specific standard. It is not just in the knowing; it isin the doing, taking care of business and meeting the highprofessional standard of a graduate level student.