Kalpesh Shah, TMMBA Student
Welcome to the Class of 2010. I know a few people who have part of the new class. And couple of you have asked for pointers on how to get the best out of the program. Here are some of the things you can consider:
• Set a timetable and stick to it. The first quarter is by far the most hectic. You will have a lot of materials to cover in these 3 months. And there will be no such thing as “catching up”. If you fall behind, you will remain behind throughout the quarter. So, it is very important to plan your time and stick to your plan.
• Set expectations with your family. You life is soon going to be very, very busy. You may not be able to spend as much time with your family as you like. So, it is very import to have support from your families. You will have individual and/or group assignments/projects/deliverables due almost every week.
• Be prepared for the lectures. Complete all the readings associated with the lectures and note down any questions you may have. This way, you will be better prepared for the class. The more you put in the program, the move you will get out of it.
• Get to know your study group very well. You are going to work together for the next 18 months. Have an understanding on how and when you will meet to work on your assignments and how to distribute work among yourselves. Some teams have come up with the idea of appointing a “CEO” of the group for the quarter. The CEO takes on the responsibilities of planning the activities of the group for the quarter and distributing these activities within the group.
• Take advantage of the Teachers’ Assistants (TA). The TAs will conduct review sessions on Thursdays. Even though the review sessions are optional, I would highly recommend you attend these sessions, specially if you are struggling with a topic. The TAs can also meet one-on-one if you want more clarification on any topic.
If you have questions, don’t hesitate to write to me at [email protected]