“Grants look good on resumes.” “Grants show that you can successfully bring money into your institution.” “Grants are necessary for tenure.” All things that you will hear as a graduate student while maneuvering the path to becoming a professional in your field. And you know what? Those are some daunting things to be hearing. So […]
In my previous post on productivity systems I discussed the importance of breaking tasks down into their component parts. When assigned a large paper, you can look it as a series of smaller tasks like reading, annotating, and writing a paragraph or two every day. Paul N Edwards has provided an excellent […]
This summer I experienced a grad student rite of passage: crafting a review of literature. The way was fraught and I had to overcome everything from an avalanche of articles (let’s just say my snowball method raged out of control) to a complete inability to conceive of any kind of organization. I also developed fascinating […]
Our tasks and workflows are infinitely diverse, so no system can claim universal application. We can hack these systems by thinking abstractly on how they affect our habits and give us control over our work. My own system for maintaining and tracking my productivity is a permanent work in progress and that is OK. […]
Its that time of year again. The new grad students are packing up their apartments and heading out to start orientation. I’m sure you’re nervous, you probably should be. I have been a first year grad student for the last three years, and I’m very much looking forward to being a second year for the 2011 […]
“How was Oman?” In Grad-Student-Speak this is code for, “How was data collection?”
When I left in mid-September to begin my fieldwork (an archaeological survey surrounding a UNESCO […]
On Monday, Joe offered a helpful discussion of some of the philosophical points of field conferences. Today, I’d like to give some practical tips and tricks that will help make what can be a challenging trip a little easier. Whether you have yet to attend your first conference or you’re a conference […]
A new year is starting, and that means a whole new group of PhD students are going to start their programs, secretly terrified that they are going to get found out for the impostors they are, or that they are not nearly as smart as they have always thought they were. So […]
Jason Shafer is currently a PhD Candidate in English at UC Boulder, he maintains a personal blog over at http://www.jasonshafer.net that is currently chronicling his battles towards perfecting a strategy for digital workflow in academia.
This post is an attempt to persuade graduate students to attempt to create a database of everything that you […]
This post was written by former Gradhacker author Trent M Kays
When I lived in Arkansas, my friends and I liked to get together on some Friday nights and play board and card games. Given the highly mediated and digital nature of our current culture, it was nice to sit down and interact with something […]
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