I’m a Digital Grad in a Digital World
So what does that mean? What digital skills, technologies, and tools should we develop while in graduate school? And how do we do that? I’ve put together a few suggestions and hope readers from a variety of disciplines will offer additional ideas in the comments section below.
Advocating for Analog: Why I Still Use Paper
It’s a digital world, and I’m a digital girl. Well, sometimes. I use my Google calendar to remind me of every single event crammed into my days, my Dropbox account has all of my data and writing backed up so I can access it at any moment, I read off a Kindle […]
Creating a Course: “Understanding by Design”
“A synthesis of cognitive research endorses the idea that deep understanding of subject matter transforms factual information into usable knowledge. Knowledge learned at the level of rote memory rarely transfers; transfer most likely occurs when the learner knows and understands underlying concepts and principles that can be applied to problems in new contexts. Learning […]
The PhD Thesis – A Crash Course in Project Management
About a year ago a colleague recommended some free courses being offered at the university, one of which was Foundations of Project Management. I’d considered it, but felt I didn’t have time. A few months later, a commenter on my post about managing deadlines in grad school noted that my description for managing project deadlines […]
On Not Knowing: Why I Avoided the Academic Jobs Wiki
This year, I made a fortunately successful run on the academic job market, and I’m looking forward to beginning my tenure-track position in August.
Until now, I’ve resisted posting on those experiences. I have, however, commented on the job search more broadly. For instance, I’ve discussed the need for doctoral students to simultaneously prepare […]
Stripping Down the Writing Process
The hardest part about sitting down to write is the actual beginning of making the clackity sound on the keyboard. I can get myself in the chair. I can turn on my machine. I can cruise around on the Internet, and type up a blog post or two about being in graduate school. But […]
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 […]
(Even More) Distraction-Free Writing Tools
One of the first things that I tell my first-year writing students at the beginning of the semester is that writing is hard, and that anyone who says it’s easy is a liar. That might be a bit of an exaggeration, but as Trent stated in a previous post, writing can […]
Distraction-Free Writing Tools
This post was written by former Gradhacker author Trent M Kays
I’ve seen the blinking cursor on my laptop screen awaiting my commands before. It taunts me, and there are times when I just can’t write. I’ve always found it a bit humorous, since my job is teaching writing, but even writing teachers can’t write […]
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