Damilola Oyedele, MSc Healthcare Operational Management
Hello and Happy New Year! I wrote this blog post before the Christmas break, and wanted to share the run up to Christmas with you...
Over here in MSc life, I had lots of to do in the run up to Christmas, including Post Module Assessments (PMAs), as well as my project research work. It seems that the work really begins to pick up towards the end of the year. On the bright side, even though the work is becoming more tasking, WMG definitely does a lot to take the stress off. There have been a series of events organized by the department to hep students wind down and relieve some of the stress going on around this time. I did not attend all of them, but I did attend some.
For starters, there was a dinner organized for scholarship winners. The dinner was a celebratory dinner for all students in the department who are studying on a scholarship. I am a WMG scholarship recipient. Many other people in attendance also received the same scholarship. Apart from the WMG scholarship, there were recipients of many other scholarships including Chevening, Commonwealth, Women in Engineering and many others in attendance. Although this happened last month, it was a nice opportunity to relax and meet new people from the department. Also, the food was amazing. The event was organised by the WMG recruitment team and it was definitely a blast. If you’re planning to join WMG in the next session, please make sure to check out some of the scholarship options.
Another event I attended was a Research Methods movie night. This event was not specifically organized for the Christmas period. It happens every month but this was my first time attending. We saw “The Post”, which is a really good movie. I enjoy every chance I get to watch women grow into confident, decision-making bosses. At the end of the movie, Dr Schrock pointed out to us, some of the things we might have missed in the body language of the actors. I really liked this event and might attend the next one.
There was also a disco roller party that I attended. I’ll start off by saying I have never skated in my entire life so this was a new one. I fell once I attempted to stand up while wearing the shoes. I didn’t do much better after that but it was definitely fun to try something new. The most recent event, and I think the last one was the Christmas party. There were two Christmas parties so that as many students as possible got to attend. I attended the second one and I had a lot of fun. Overall, while it has been a pretty busy period for me, I am thankful that I’ve also had some fun while working. Merry Christmas everyone! Have an amazing holiday!
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.