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How to get the most from your MA course
How to get the most from your MA course
Thank you very much for following the link to this page. It contains just a few questions relating to your experiences as an MA student of English Language Teaching or of Applied Linguistics. The purpose is to help me to provide advice and information for people who are considering taking such a course in the future. I shall be presenting a session – ‘How to get the most from your MA course’ – on this topic at the
annual conference in Brighton on 18th April. If you are able to complete the questionnaire below this would be most appreciated. As you can see, the form is anonymous, although if you wish to provide your email address so that I can send you a report in the future, there is space at the end for you to do so. No names or other means of identifying individuals will be used in my session or any subsequent write-up.
What type of MA course did you follow/are you following at the moment? Please choose the option which gives the closest description of your course
an MA in English Language Teaching
an MA in English for Special Purposes
an MA in the teaching of English to Young Learners
an MA in the teaching of English Language with Multimedia
an MA in Applied Linguistics
an MA in Education with modules concerning aspects of English Language teaching
any other MA but with modules concerning aspects of English Language Teaching
If you choose, you may type in the name of the institution where your MA takes place and its location. If you prefer not to do so, please move to the next question.
What is the length of your MA course?
more than two years
What was/is your mode of study for your course? Full or part time? Please click on the response that represents your experience most closely.
What made you choose this course and not others? Please click on all responses which are true for you. There is a text box below where you may type in any other ideas or comments of your own if you wish
The institution was the first to accept my application
Word of mouth. People I know had studied there and liked it
The course had very good on-line information
The institution has high rankings in league tables
The structure of the course suited my personal time table
The content of the course seemed very relevant to my needs
This was an affordable course
Other [please comment below]
If you have other comments on how you chose your course, please type them in the box. If not, please pass to the next question
It would be interesting to know about what students find particularly challenging on their courses. There is a [large!] textbox below for you to write about this in detail, but there are also some ideas in the possible responses opposite
Some topics were very new and unfamiliar
It was difficult to decide on which assignment questions to answer
My course has exams, which are a stressful experience
I was not used before to writing long essays and papers
Referencing conventions are challenging to master
I found/find deciding on a dissertation topic difficult
The teaching culture on my MA was/is unfamiliar. It was/is difficult to work out what my teachers wanted from me
In this box you may write more about the special challenges that you found on your MA course. If you have no comments of this type, please move to the next question
During your studies, what were your best decisions? There are some ideas in the possible responses opposite. Please click on as many as are true for you, but, if you wish, you can also write your own responses and comments in the text box below.
Social: I mainly mixed with other students from my culture/language background
Social:I tried not to mix very much with other students from my culture/ language background
Social: I made sure to pursue different hobbies/sports/ clubs available in the instution
Social: I did not distract myself with different hobbies/sports/ clubs available in the instution
Personal: If I got upset or depressed I found someone to talk to about it
Accommodation: I chose to live in campus accommodation
Accommodation: I chose not to live in campus accommodation
Financial: I worked out my budget before I started the course
Financial: I found out about financial assistance available to me while studying
Study: I made use of pastoral and study skills advice available in the institution
Study: I read everything!
Study: I only read the bare essentials for my assignments or exams
Study: I made full use of library facilities
Study: I had a special budget for buying essential books
Study: I arranged with friends on the course for us to buy different essential books. We then shared them
If you have further responses or comments concerning your best decisions, please type them in the text box. If not, please pass to the next question
While you were following your MA course, did you make any decisions or do anything (with reference to your studies) which you now regret? There are a few ideas in the responses opposite. Please click on as many as are true for you, but it would also be helpful if you wrote your own details about any Bad Decisions that you are prepared to share in the text box below
Financial; I miscalculated the amount of money I would need to complete my studies comfortably
Other financial decisions
Time-use: I undertook paid employment which left me less time for my studies
Other time-use Bad Decisions
Study-related Bad Decisions
Bad Decisions of a personal nature
No bad decisions to report!
If you are prepared to share any Bad Decisions that you wish you had avoided on your MA course, this could be very helpful to people thinking of studying for an MA in the future. Remember that this questionnaire is anonymous if you choose and that the identity of all respondents will be kept confidential
Have you any advice that you think would help people considering studying for an MA in the future? This could be about any aspect of MA life e.g. personal, financial, study, cultural, choice of institution and most interesting topics. All advice will be gratefully considered and made available to the people who attend my conference session. If you have nothing to write in this box, thank you and please go to the next part of the questionnaire
If you would like a report on the findings of this questionnaire and on the session that I build around it, please write an email address here. This is entirely optional. Otherwise, the respondents to this questionnaire will be entirely anonymous. Thanks again!
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This form is anonymous. No data which personally identifies you is collected on the form, and the data you provide is used solely to help us improve the delivery of our courses.