Sohail Mohammed, University of Liverpool online MBA graduate

On occasion, we might view ourselves through the lens of procrastination and feel a lack of energy due to our hangovers from the office, or other issues and perhaps feel groggy at times. However, one needs to prepare based on the facts and not beat around the bush by lying to ourselves. What did I aim for when I joined the online MBA? First, to complete the full course come what may, second, getting at least “B” grades. Did I achieve it? Yes I did. How? Here are some tips I have followed since the beginning of the course which might help you:

1. Put in the effort

You need to put in effort to achieve whatever you have set out to do. Without effort, can you even imagine eating your own dinner? Can you? Therefore, at the beginning of the course, you may feel diffident about reading the literature. Study it in a dilettante (casual) way and then use the theory to answer your discussion question in an educated manner. But be sure to read the question quite a number of times to get the depth of the issue and do not deviate from the discussion. To enhance your answer you could provide real-world examples which you have experienced during your professional and personal life, this will create a positive impact and fit in with the discussion.

2. Review your lecture notes

Always review the lecture notes first, review the articles mentioned in those lecture notes and the required chapters from your e-books provided by the University. Research more articles from scholarly and peer-reviewed material from the online library. Read all the available learning and researched material before you prepare to answer your discussion question. Select an interesting article first so that you do not get bogged down by theoretical presentation and overlap it with your professional experience. This might enlighten your thoughts and you will conclude the paper with ease, in time for submission.

3. Keep your notes

Make and keep valuable notes which you prepare over the study week for your final project, then incorporate/integrate all those readings of 7 weeks into the module project. Do not let other matters delete your notes from your memory. Be conscious of your end-of-module project, which carries greater weight as you get to amalgamate your learnings from throughout the module.

4. Interact with your classmates

Enjoy reading your classmates’ posts and writing in the discussion board (DB), because this is the main platform where you will interact with your classmates and exchange your views on different subjects. In the DB, you have the chance to explore those theories or questions which you always wanted to ask your colleagues. Disseminate your real-life knowledge (remember sharing of knowledge provides you with an incredible experience) as much as you can in the DB as it will help you tremendously in your professional life.

5. Research

Again, research is the key to making valuable comments on your classmates’ discussions posts and to having an effect on your readers. If you do not support your discussion board postings with research it will look anecdotal to your colleagues and the instructor. Therefore, it is imperative that at least two articles are researched, based on the key words of your subject, to support your argument.

A small piece of advice to fellow students, I achieved good grades in my modules only through research, hard work and commitment to learn something new in life. I have also gained tremendous experience in different fields through the discussion board in the online classroom, which cannot be replicated anywhere else!

Finally, if you do not get the results you set out to achieve, that does not need to be the end of the world. Failure indicates that you have shown a lax approach towards your committed goals. You must always believe in yourself and work towards your goals. Good luck then; keep dreaming and achieving!

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