This week, we’re going to talk about grad school: how to study, how to act as a graduate student, how to handle money, and more!
“What is a ‘Trainee Academic?’ In one sentence, the stage before you BECOME an Academic. You better believe it Boys and Girls, whether you decide to go into academia or not, that is exactly what you are. ”
“Grad student guilt (GSG) (n) is the feeling that a grad student experiences when he/she does any activity that is not related to grad school work and does not make progress on his/her thesis/dissertation (e.g. classes, literature reviews, data analysis, writing).”
Some broad grad school advice
5 common post grad problems (and how to deal with them).
What do you do when you are waiting?
How to send an email to a professor: a post grad’s guide.
“This is what graduate school can do to people who are not guarded against becoming cynical: critical thinking skills and healthy skepticism run amok and soon cynicism, and the attendant negative mindset, is a reflexive response.”
“As a graduate student you are, of course, still a student, but you are a student actively engaged in becoming a professional; in fact, it might be helpful to consider yourself an apprentice in your field of study, rather than a student. The most visible outward sign that you have successfully navigated this shift lies in your sartorial choices.”
6 mistakes students make when studying abroad in Europe.
For how long should you study new information? An answer in picture:
A few tips on study habits.
Some good note-taking tips.
Study groups: why they’re cool.
“Whenever people use harsh words to me, it makes me feel very sad and upset most of the time. During this time, I’m not able to focus in my studies which affects my studies so much. What I should do?”
How to explain feedback to students in the creative disciplines.
How to cope with harsh supervisor feedback: 1/ invite criticism early and often; 2/ engage with criticism.
Lowering your hackles for presentation-based feedback.
Grad school for the non traditional student
Graduate school for the college athlete.
How to succeed as a ‘non traditional’ student, by maintaining momentum and motivation.
“I find myself wondering if participating in graduation with my children in attendance will ultimately mean something to them, even if it doesn’t mean anything to me. Will it help them see tangible evidence that all of my time away meant something?”
Attending Online Courses
Tips for success for adult learners in online classes: 1/ don’t panic; 2/ take your time – and manage it wisely; 3/ adapt and overcome; 4/ organize, organize, organize!
Study skills for eLearning: pretend your online course is a “real” one.
Stop feeling isolated in online college courses.
How to stay organized in online college courses.
4 reasons to volunteer while in grad school.
“While in school, volunteering can influence your chosen area of study; show you potential career paths; allow you to give back to your college’s community; and learn about an issue from an array of perspectives beyond academia.”
Working for free: do voluntary work and outreach activities really make much of a difference in an environmental career? Yes, in general, but not for the reasons you might expect.
Working while in grad school
Thinking beyond internship: simultaneously earn extra money and advance your career.
How to apply for a field job.
And on dissertating while working.
3 tips for surviving a graduate research assistantship.
Why and how to create a side business while in grad school.
Have a look at this list of basic (track your spending, budget, monitor your credit…) and stretch (minimize your debt, save agressively…) financial goals for graduate school.
How much of your stipend should you spend on rent?
On the cost of attending conferences and not having access to travel funding.
Choosing where to go, knowing when to leave
How to choose an Oxbridge college.
“One of the best barometers of the health of an institutional research culture is the presence and activity of graduate researcher groups and associations.”