Masters Insights: February 2016 – 5 tips on surviving results day

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Omowonuola Temowo, Nigeria
MSc Operations, Project and Supply Chain Management
Class of 2016

Exams have come and gone, life goes back to normal. But does it really? The anticipation of the dreaded results day may have been too much to handle for some, but it has happened anyway. That begs the question, what do I do now?

Here are 5 tips to help survive results day regardless of what your grades may be.

Compartmentalise it
Excuse the big word but it fits this situation perfectly. It is important to view your first semester results at a new university as an isolated incident regardless of how great or how disappointing they may have been. Realise that this is the 1st leg of a 3-lap race. You have not achieved greatness, neither have you completely messed this up. There is still a lot of work to be done. Relay races are not won from the first leg. Think of all the common clichés ‘it’s not over till it’s over’.

Ask why
On the MSc OPSCM course, we have been taught about the 5 whys analysis  to identify the root cause of a problem. You may even go all fancy and draw an Ishikawa diagram. Just kidding, but I digress. More seriously, it is always important to assess yourself and take stock of both the good and the bad. Find things you did right that were successful and vice versa. Then ask why they happened and so on. This is an important part of the reflective process that provides clarity on improving on mistakes and maintaining/exceeding current successes.

No man is an island
Teamwork makes the dream work as they say. Do not be shy to discuss results with individuals you trust especially if you a very shy/private person. It helps to know if you are doing great or being too hard on yourself. Also, if you need a little push to do better than where you are at presently or answer the question am I alone in this? If so, how do we help each other to do better? If not, how can I be assisted to do better? This makes you more accountable to someone apart from yourself. Do not forget, the aim here is improvement regardless of the current situation, good or bad.

Stay motivated
This is the next step after realising your mistakes and assessing yourself against other students. Do not be too hard on yourself. Whenever you forget, visit tip 1. Do not let one-third of your final grade get you down. You need to remain driven to exceed your expectations. If you did great, do not rest on your laurels. It is what happens from here that determines what your final grade will be.

Set your goals
What do you want? What do you aim to learn from the MSc OPSCM course? What grade do you want to achieve? It is important to define what success means to you. Thus, when you are working, you remain conscious of the effort required to reach your aim. If you want to get an 80% overall grade, your aim should be 90% because as a wise man once said, “Reach for the stars so if you fall, you land on a cloud”.

Finally, goals are good; goals are important; goals are what dreams are made of.

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