Resources to Help Conquer your PMAs
Amanda Foo Min Lin, MSc Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Embarking on PMAs can be a daunting experience, especially if it is your first PMA. However, WMG has several resources that are available FOR FREE to help you understand the demands of your PMAs and how to ace them.
PMA surgeries are generally designed to give you a second opinion on how your PMA looks so far. These 30-minute sessions are usually conducted by students currently pursuing their PhDs, which can be booked via the event booking system.
Question 1: What can I expect from a PMA surgery?
Your mentor will scan through your PMA to give you feedback and offer recommendations for improvement.
Question 2: Should I approach a mentor who is pursuing a PhD that is related to my course?
Answer: That’s not necessary! Personally, I booked a PMA surgery under Zakkiya Adam, who was pursuing a PhD in Urban Science and Progress CDT – quite different from Innovation and Entrepreneurship I must say! Despite the differences in subject expertise, she provided very helpful insights on how to improve my report format and answered all my questions regarding my PMA. Hence, don’t worry if all the mentors available are not familiar with your course content – just choose a mentor who matches your availability!
Question 3: How do I prepare for the PMA surgery?
Answer: Here are some tips to make your PMA surgery fruitful:
1. Prepare questions you may have regarding your PMA: highlight specific parts of your PMA which require attention and insert your questions into comments within the word document. This allows you to keep track of all the questions you have in mind. You can also type and save your mentor’s answers to your questions so that you can review and resolve them at a later time.
2. Complete as much of your PMA as possible before attending the PMA surgery: This ensures that the feedback you receive applies to the PMA as a whole and you make the most out of the 30-minute consultation session.
Sadly, PMA surgeries are not always available for booking all year round. However, you can always make an appointment with your personal tutor, who has been assigned to you at the beginning of the academic year. Like the PMA surgery mentors, your personal tutor will help you review your PMA and offer suggestions for improvement! Don’t miss this opportunity.
If you’re unsure if your approach to answering the PMA is on the right track, do drop your lecturer(s) an email! They will be more than happy to clarify any questions you may have and guide you in the right direction to conquer your PMA.
I hope this has been helpful in providing some tips on how to ace your PMAs! Do check your email and the events booking system periodically to keep abreast of all the different workshops and events WMG has organized to help you succeed in your PMAs.