In March I decided that I was going to read more. Despite a heavy workload, I figured there was still time in the day for reading besides journal article after journal article, so I made a goal to read 20 books this year. At the time this seemed impossible, but this week I finished [...]
Starbucks is one of my favorite places to work. Coffee, company, and a relaxing atmosphere help me concentrate and keep focused on my task. As it can be a pain to lug my laptop everywhere, I have a tablet and a mobile phone that I use when working away from my desk. But working on [...]
It is no secret that I am a Google+ fan. This is mainly because Google Hangouts is hands down my favorite multi-party video chat client. This past summer I integrated Google+ into the hybrid online [...]
“Our media companies aren’t neuroscientists, nor are they conspiratorial. There’s no elaborate plot aimed at driving Americans apart to play against each other in games of reds vs. blues. … Through the tests of trial and error, the media companies have figured out what we want, and are giving it to us. It turns out, [...]
As a former High School English teacher, I have experienced the overwhelming tsunami of having to provide feedback on a weekly basis to ~150 students. Between that experience and my more recent experiences teaching online students, I’ve thought a lot about providing feedback on student writing and student products.
Before we jump in [...]
We are pleased to announce the launch of The Gradhacker Podcast! Alex Galarza and Andrea Zellner co-host Episode 1: Flipping the Classroom, in which they interview Dr. Ken Frank, a professor at Michigan State who has employed the technique of ‘Flipping the Classroom’ in his courses. They also discuss a number of blog [...]
A new year brings a renewed resolve to really get things done. As graduate students, finding strategies to improve productivity are worth their weight in gold. While there are countless mobile and web applications that can improve one’s workflow, I thought I would highlight a few here that have helped my workflow in my [...]
In the world of graduate school, awed whispers (sometimes with a twinge of jealousy) can strike up when the topic of publication arises. With academic publishing playing such an important role for any graduate student, it is no wonder that there is often a lot of stress when it comes to the whole ordeal.
This is a guest post by Taylor Jardno, a second-year doctoral student in Yale University’s Department of History. Her current work focuses on youth militancy and comic book culture in Argentina. She can be contacted at taylor [dot] jardno [at] yale [dot] edu.
After the first research recon trip of my graduate school [...]
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 [...]
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