As a graduate student, there are specific expectations of you. Here is a list of basic expectations.


Don’t Procrastinate

  • Start work well in advance of the due date
  • Prioritize what work needs to be finished first
  • Don't make excuses
  • Use free time wisely
  • Eliminate distractions
    (e.g. music with vocals, phone, laptop, TV)

Help Your Cohort

  • Complete assignments in groups
  • Give advice if others don't understand
  • Set up time where you can study together

Plan Your Semester Wisely

  • Create a schedule that outlines all the major assignments
  • Set start and end dates for assignments and projects
  • Break larger projects into smaller deadlines
  • Allow enough time to complete everything

Ask for Help

  • Know where you are at with your studies
  • Know what you have to work with
  • Meet with professors during their office hours
  • Ask questions during class
  • Talk to your classmates

Be Original

  • Interpret everything you've read
  • Use your own words
  • Cite any unoriginal ideas
  • Don't plagiarize

Do Your Homework/Assignments

  • Complete your homework before class
  • Use class material to complete assignments
  • Schedule time everyday to work on your assignments
  • Practice what you learn