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Tips for improving focus

Sept. 12, 2019

While time management is important, there’s another obstacle that can frequently stand in your way of being productive: staying focused. Here are tips for staying focused.

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Exploring career options? Advice from a recent grad student

The fall marks a crossroads for many graduate students. Whether you are seeking a career in academia or somewhere else, ask yourself these questions: “What is it that you want? When you look back on your life in fifty years, what do you want to see?” Trust yourself to find the path that is right for you. Take advantage of campus resources for exploring career options. I encourage graduate students to consider multiple career paths. At the Graduate School, we partner with Career Services to bring a multitude of workshops throughout the fall, catering to both academic and nonacademic career paths.

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Getting in the Mindset—6 tips to build your confidence in graduate school

Aug. 5, 2019

When I started graduate school, I didn’t believe that people found me smart. Sure, I was a hard worker and productive, but I could not see myself as intellectually stimulating. I could never be as interesting and thought-provoking as my professors, I thought. Uncomfortable with this self-talk, I realized that I did not need any outward change to my work habits to achieve this so-called “intelligence.” Instead, I needed to change my own mindset. I realized, too, that this would be a process, not an overnight transformation. So, I started to force myself to write and think how a courageous and confident person would write and think. Eventually, I started to internalize this and gain the belief that I was indeed just as worthy as anyone else to be in graduate school.

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25 Writing Prompts to Fuel Your Academic Argument

Are you a procrastinator who suffers from writing anxiety? Are you having trouble dedicating time to writing your dissertation? The Graduate School has tips for you and 25 writing prompts to fuel your brainstorming.

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Work Less, Do More

While research suggests that most people are productive for a maximum of four hours a day, the style for how one manages those four hours can vary widely. Here are some tips on how to make your workday most productive.