If you are pursuing a research or non-research based graduate degree, it is important to discuss expectations with your faculty advisor. This should be a continuous conversation: starting at the beginning and evolving as you grow in your program. Consider the following topics in your conversations. Self-reflect on your goals/needs and be true to yourself in conversations with your advisor.
Not sure how to maneuver challenging conversations? Check out our section on "How to have Difficult Conversations"
From a not-perfect grade on a test, a conditionally passed qualifying exam or a paper/grant that is not accepted... all people in graduate school have their own failures. It is okay.
The important parts about failing in graduate school are 1) failing gracefully and 2) learning from your failures.
If you have been accepted into graduate school, you already know that you are an excellent student. You are also surrounded by excellent students at your university. Use graduate school as a time to learn from the best of the best! You all have gaps and you all have strengths ? come together to learn and do great things!
Failure in Grad School (Dr. Toyin Alli)
Want to learn more on imposter syndrome? Check out resources on Mental Health and Wellness.
If you need help in a class, you can go to the course Teaching Assistant (TA), peers who have taken the class already and/or any tutoring or other university offices that might have additional support. Ask around to see what would be most helpful to you.
Ask for feedback:
Prepare for meetings when you are asking for help:
Bottom line: you can (and should!) ask for help in graduate school when you need it.