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How to Run a Graduate Study Group

Graduate school is a time of intense studying and in-depth learning, and working together with other students as you earn your degree offers many benefits. Are you currently completing a graduate degree and do you want to study with others? If so, then read on for tips on running a study group for your graduate program.

Create a Strong Foundation

To form a graduate study group that is effective, experts recommend that you involve no more than 4 students. After reaching out and finding interested individuals, decide on what day of the week you would like to meet and for how long. Your study group should consist of students who are interested and enthusiastic about the group. If you plan to lead the study group, then be prepared to help ensure that each session starts on time, its members stay on task, and essential concepts are covered during each meeting.

Prepare for Each Session

Before the beginning of each study session, you and the other members should determine which concepts you would like to cover. This step can be done at the end of the previous week’s meeting or through communication during the week. Typically, a graduate study group works on the topics that were covered over the last week. To help get the most out of each session and ensure that all members are on the same page, make weekly concept assignments to members and take turns discussing these at the beginning of each session.

Give Your Sessions Structure

After covering key concepts at the beginning of your meeting, focus on areas where anyone is struggling and take turns leading discussions. At the end of your sessions, offer a brief overview of what was covered and determine if anything should be brought up again in the next session.

The Seattle University College of Science and Engineering offers Master of Science in Computer Science and Master of Software Engineering graduate programs to help you achieve your professional goals. Please call (888) 457-5227 to learn more about our Seattle graduate degrees.

A Look at the Courses in the Computer Science Fundamentals Certificate Program

If you are considering enrolling in a computer science master’s degree program but don’t have an undergraduate degree in the field, then our Computer Science Fundamentals Certificate could be right for you. To be eligible for admission, you must hold an undergraduate degree and be able to demonstrate course work or work experience in the computer science field. If you don’t have those credentials, there is an introductory sequence of courses you can take before enrolling. If you complete the certificate program and wish to enroll in a computer science graduate program at Seattle University, no GRE will be required.

In the certificate program, students complete 6 courses that focus on the basics of computer science. The classes cover subjects that include object-oriented concepts, database systems and structures, computing system principles, and the fundamentals of software engineering. The coursework prepares students for advanced computer science study and can give them an edge in their current careers in the field.

Could the Computer Science Fundamentals Certificate in Seattle be right for you? To learn more and find out how to apply, contact the Seattle University College of Science and Engineering at (888) 457-5227.

Choosing a Certificate Program

The Seattle University College of Science and Engineering offers several certificates to help you broaden your skill set and achieve your computer science and software engineering career goals.

Our Graduate Certificate in Computer Science Fundamentals is for students who do not have a computer science degree and want to get ready for the Master of Science in Computer Science degree.

If you have a bachelor’s degree in computer science or a related discipline and have a minimum of one year’s work experience in the software industry, then consider earning our Graduate Certificate in Software Architecture and Design or Graduate Certificate in Software Project Management, which each focus on a specialization area within the Master of Software Engineering program.

Finally, our Career Change Path to Master’s Degree certificate readies students for the Graduate Certificate in Computer Science Fundamentals program, after which they can continue to the MSCS program. If you are hoping to make a career change, then this is the path for you.

To find out more about our Seattle graduate degrees and certificates, please call the Seattle University College of Science and Engineering at (888) 457-5227.

Is the Lack of a Graduate Degree Holding Your Career Back?

When you’re trying to get ahead at work, you may find that your performance is not enough to help you get to the next level. Often, employers want to see the right mix of experience and education when they are considering candidates for higher-level positions. Could your lack of a graduate degree be standing between you and the career you want? Here are some signs that you could benefit from completing a graduate program.

You keep losing out on promotions.

Have you noticed a pattern of your colleagues moving on to new positions as they arise, while you stay stuck in the same job? The reason you’re not making progress could be because you haven’t completed a graduate program while your coworkers have. Even if your work performance is impeccable and you’re a valued team member, in a competitive workplace, a graduate degree could be the thing that gives a coworker the edge over you for a coveted promotion.

You can’t get an interview.

If you work in an industry in which graduate education is common, such as computer science or software engineering, then even getting an interview with a prospective employer could prove difficult without one. When you’re looking for new employment but not getting any calls back, even though your experience is a fit for the positions for which you’re applying, not having a graduate-level education could be causing you to fall behind other candidates.

You have gaps in your knowledge.

In the workplace, if you sometimes feel like you don’t have the same level of knowledge as some of your coworkers, your educational background could be to blame. Entering a graduate program gives you an opportunity to delve more deeply into your field, so you can bring that knowledge back to your career.

At Seattle University College of Science and Engineering, we offer graduate programs in computer science and software engineering that are an ideal fit for professionals interested in broadening their career opportunities. Learn more about our masters and graduate certificate programs in Seattle by calling (888) 457-5227.

How to Succeed in Grad School

Entering a graduate program is a big decision, and it’s natural to feel a little overwhelmed about what lies ahead. Watch this video for advice about how to thrive in your graduate program so you can get everything out of it you can.

Start by evaluating your options for graduate degrees before enrolling in a program, so you find something that you are motivated to study and that complements your career path. Recognize that any stress you feel as part of your program is just part of academics and is also being experienced by every other student. Rely on the students and professors around you for the support you need during your studies.

The graduate programs at Seattle University College of Science and Engineering are designed to allow students with a variety of backgrounds and goals succeed. Find out more about studying computer science and software engineering in Seattle by calling (888) 457-5227.

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