Using Brown Bags as Practice Runs
Practice makes perfect, so why should your presentations be any other way? You can do a spin on Terry’s idea and record your presentations online to critique yourself which can be very helpful. But if you’re anything like me, there’s just something cringe-worthy about seeing yourself on screen. I tend to over-analyze all my […]
The Perils of Perfectionism
Let’s face it-a lot of us in graduate school are perfectionists. I could go a step farther and argue a lot of us made it into graduate school in part because of our perfectionism. Graduate school is exactly the kind of environment where perfectionism thrives. There’s a constant striving to tackle our significant workloads without […]
Some iPhone Apps for Productivity
The smartphone has become a regular part of my daily workflow, and I find myself using it regularly for To Do lists, email, reminders, and keeping up to date on news and such. Recently, I’ve found a couple of apps that have been particularly helpful in keeping me on track, so I thought I’d […]
Flipping out? What you need to know about the Flipped Classroom
The traditional model of the lecture and learning cycle has long been to deliver the lecture during class and to send students home to do homework and perhaps engage in a discussion or two afterwards. The flipped classroom flips this model on its head: through lecture capture software, lectures can be captured on video for […]
The Newberry Library: A User’s Guide
This is a Guest Post by Ashley Wiersma, a PhD graduate student at Michigan State University.
If you work in the humanities, you might want to check out the Newberry Library in Chicago. This research library has a number of core collections in American history and culture, American Indian and Indigenous studies, Chicago […]
Posting a CV Online
GradHackers Alex Galarza, Katy Meyers, and Julie Platt recently led a bootcamp for graduate students at Michigan State University, and I briefly listened in via twitter. In thinking about developing an online presence, participants were worried about exposure: what facets of one’s professional/academic/personal selves should be revealed online, and to what extent? Their reservations […]
Is your Filing Cabinet Actually a Trash Can?
Last week, as I prepared my office for an upcoming move to another home, I had a realization: when was the last time I actually took something out of my filing cabinet?
The filing cabinet sits in my closet in my home office. It include four drawers: two full of articles, one full of research notes […]
Academic Book Club
BOOK IT was (and still is, actually) a reading incentive program that many in my age group were enrolled into during grades K-6. You’d do some reading, chart it, and get star stickers to paste onto a large plastic pin. The best part, of course, was getting a gift certificate to […]
Setting Time Boundaries
The busy life of a grad student is often spent juggling multiple responsibilities from school, work and personal life. If you’re anything like me, you’re always finding yourself overcommitted to things and something has to drop to the wayside.
One of my goals has been to better manage my time and set up boundaries with […]
7 Strategies to Make Your Online Teaching Better
There is no doubt that online education has arrived in Higher Education. Each year, the numbers of colleges and universities offering online courses increases. There is certainly appeal for these types of courses: students can better fit them into busy schedules and traveling to campus is no longer required. While I […]
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