GradHacker Gift Guide: Personal
On our last day of holiday gift guide posts we are suggesting some good personal buys to help your grad student survive. Grad school isn’t just about work; it’s still life. So here are some suggestions to make life easier!
1. An E-Z Pass. These are pre-paid transponders that attach […]
GradHacker Gift Guide: Technology
Technology is important to the grad student life nowadays. With Twitter being a major form of networking, and constant online updates running our lives, it’s important to have technology to make it easier and faster. Here are some tech gift suggestions from our authors.
1. Belkin mini surge protector. I bought one of […]
GradHacker Gift Guide: Professional
In case you’re still doing your holiday shopping or, like many of us grad students, haven’t even thought about it yet, here is part one of our handy gift guide for graduate students. Graduate students can be difficult to shop for- often our needs can be different and we don’t have too much time to […]
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 […]
Teaching with Batman
One of the most frequent comments I receive on student evaluations is that my enthusiasm for the subjects I teach is infectious. Students tell me that I help to enliven topics they would be otherwise uninterested in, and that my obvious joy for what I teach motivates them to enjoy the topics as […]
Using Text Expansion Software in Your Workflow
Readers of ProfHacker and Lifehacker will likely be aware of text expansion software. Brian Croxall, Ethan Watrall, Ryan Cordell, and Jason Jones have shared their tips for using software like TextExpander for Mac and PhraseExpress in Windows that have aided their workflow.
Several of my snippets are used for research and writing, and […]
Getting out of “Triage” Mode
When asked how you’re doing on your academic work, does your heart race, adrenaline spike, or do you just go numb? If you answered, “yes” to any of these questions, you are in “triage” mode, just trying to stem the bleeding of your time and energy enough to complete your tasks and (hopefully) get a […]
Don’t Scare the Children: Giving Advice on Grad School
On average I get about an email a week from an undergrad who is thinking about going into my field or looking to attend Michigan State University and wants some advice on the process. The conversations quickly turn from archaeology specific to grad school in general.
I’ve attended three grad schools and looked at about […]
What I’ve learned about Defenses
In my program, we have two major milestones prior to the dissertation process. These tasks require that we conduct original research that we must orally defend in front of a faculty committee. I just successfully came through those milestones (woot! bring on the diss!) and thought I would share the collective wisdom that was […]
Online Teaching: For Naught or Skill to be Sought?
It struck me as a bit odd, given the orientation of GradHacker towards technological tools that can support and promote grad student research, organization, and productivity (basically…life), that online teaching did not make more frequent appearances in the great pantheon of blog topics. I went back a year or so in a staggeringly unscientific survey […]
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