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									Your Cum Laude is waiting!




          Dr. Lindelani Mnguni
  Dept. of Science, Mathematics and Technology Education




   079 257 3616        @DrLindelaniM      lindelani@up.ac.za
Supervisors
Doctor of Philosophy   Terminal degree
                       Latin docere, meaning "to
                       teach"
                       Habilitation degree in
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Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
  And sorry I could not travel both
  And be one traveller, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
 To where it bent in the undergrowth;
                 ...
           Robert Frost
My journey...




Its never been easy
                Academic life
• Pressures
  – Academic           External & Internal factors
  – Family
  – Social
  – Peer
  – Financial                Time             Identity

                            Tenacity                Vision
                                       excellence
              Tenacity & hope

• Imagine:
  – Mandela’s day 1 in prison – 9855 days before
    his release + 1460 more to be president
  – David the shepherd – later King of Israel
  – Natalie du Toit – soon after accident –
    multiple Olympic champion


• Me and...YOU!!!
    Stephen Hawking




Never quit & never give up!
              Vision & courage

• There are no free spirits in academia
• Purpose & reason
• A vision
  – realistic
  – past experiences, the current status and then
    build the future
  – logical
  – strategic
       Be a CEO of your life

• What is your vision?
• Strategic milestones
                              •   Strengths
  (deliverables)?
                              •   Weaknesses
• Work Breakdown Structure?
                              •   Opportunities
• Schedule?
                              •   Threats
• Accountability?
• Monitoring & evaluation?

Relentlessly pursue your vision!
                 vision     An excellent
                            MEd or PhD

                          Proposal, Ethical clearance,
          milestones      data collection, etc.

                    Attend all support sessions
                    Submit all assignments
         WBS        Regular meetings with supervisor (27,
                    1hr meetings per year)
                    Read 1 paper daily – (1095 in 3yrs)
                    Write 1 paragraph daily (1095 in 3yrs)
                    One day rest

     Schedule      Daily, weekly, monthly and
                   semester plan

Accountability
                   Research group
                   Supervisor
                   Critical friend
                        Sports fanatic
                      “Yes man” attitude
                          Language
•   Strengths       Laziness (sleepy head)

•   Weaknesses
•   Opportunities
•   Threats
                       Friends & family
                    Supervisor relationship
                           Finances
                             Work
       Be a CEO of your life

• What is your vision?
• Strategic milestones
                              •   Strengths
  (deliverables)?
                              •   Weaknesses
• Work Breakdown Structure?
                              •   Opportunities
• Schedule?
                              •   Threats
• Accountability?
• Monitoring & evaluation?


       Paste this on your wall
       Excellence




A culture of mediocrity
                    Excellence
•   Don’t be a Master or Doctor of Excuses
•   Get your MEd in 2yrs, PhD in 4yrs
•   Don’t be comfortable in mediocrity
•   Be a benchmark of quality and excellence
•   Excellence is not relative – its absolute
•   Make excellence a habit



           Be excellent, always!
 Research and job opportunities

• I don’t know whether you’ll get a job or not, but its cooler on top of
  the mountain
• Loads of funding for science education
• Consider working in academia
• Go to conferences
• Establish networks
• Publish while studying
• Review journal papers
• Be a brand
           Finally!

    Time            Identity

Tenacity                 Vision

           Excellence


         Wisdom...
   Is the principal thing,
   therefore get wisdom!
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
   And sorry I could not travel both
  And be one traveller, long I stood
 And looked down one as far as I could
 To where it bent in the undergrowth;

 I shall be telling this with a sigh
  Somewhere ages and ages hence:
two roads diverged in a wood, and I --
  I took the one less travelled by,
And that has made all the difference.

           Robert Frost
Your Cum Laude is waiting!

								
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