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Tips to tackle procrastination

Tips to tackle procrastination

The struggle is real and it happens to all of us grad students. It seems timely to write a post about our evil friend, procrastination. I know we don’t have much time here, as its #grindtime to final assignments, deadlines, and exams. So I am going to keep this short and sweet for now and perhaps I will dig a bit deeper into this issue next term.

Here are some quick and easy tips that help me tackle my procrastination:

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Prioritizing Reflection: Scholar Sunday’s

Prioritizing Reflection: Scholar Sunday’s

With only one month left of the school semester, my to-do list seems endless. It’s crunch time with final papers, exams, grading and copious amounts of readings. Reflection at this point is not a priority and in most cases nonexistent. I get it. But today I will try and convince you otherwise. Scholar Culture has created “#ScholarSunday” to help you prioritize reflection and focus on positive affirmations, here’s why:

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Guest lecturing: How to prepare

Guest lecturing: How to prepare

If you have been following me on Instagram, you will know that I had a guest lecture last week. This wasn’t my first guest lecture but I can also count the number of guest lectures I have completed on one hand. Needless to say,  I had some preparing to do. I reached out to my #ScholarSquad on Instagram and I was blown away by the advice and tips everyone gave me to help prepare for the lecture. I want to share those tips with all of you but I also want to add the five things that helped me in preparing for my guest lecture.

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Study tips: A podcast

Study tips: A podcast

When it comes to exam time, many students are most likely anxiously cramming into the wee hours of the night. Some of these same students are also using weak and ineffective study techniques. Let me ask you a question, do you really know how to learn? How to actually retain the information and learn it – not just memorize it? Surprisingly not a lot of students do.

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How to write a research proposal for funding

How to write a research proposal for funding

In order to succeed in academia, you need funding. And in order to get funding, you need to be able to write a killer research proposal. Today I am going to share with you a brief overview of key aspects you need for a winning research proposal, as well as a few tips and tricks that have helped me in my proposal writing.

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Lunch ideas for class

Lunch ideas for class

Finding healthy food options on campus have always been difficult for me. With a little resourcefulness and creativity, I can usually find something but I don’t like to rely on it. The best way to ensure I am eating healthy, satisfying and delicious food – that also agrees with my body – is taking time to prepare it myself.
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What to do after losing motivation in grad school?

What to do after losing motivation in grad school?

Whether it be two months into grad school, one year or almost done your thesis, we all reach a point where we lose motivation.

Looking back at how wide-eyed and excited I was at the beginning of September (almost as if I have never experienced grad school or school for that matter), I realize I am not at that place anymore. I’m tired, there is not enough time in a day and find myself getting distracted more easily (cough – wedding planning). I am left wondering, how can I get myself back to that place of motivation, inspiration, and zeal after experiencing tireless days of reading, assignments, stress, and anxiety and those days that still await?

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Must-Have Online Platforms for Grad Students

Must-Have Online Platforms for Grad Students

These two online platforms have been keeping me on my A game during the first month of my doctoral studies. They have saved me SO much time in researching and editing during my busy schedule.  Here are my two must-have grad school online platforms. And the best news is – they are FREE!

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How to Take Notes on Assigned Readings

How to Take Notes on Assigned Readings

In a typical graduate-level course, professors will assign 100+ pages a week, per course.

That’s a lot of reading.

Have you ever read an assigned reading and when it comes time for class, you don’t remember what you read or the point of it?

You are not alone.

This far into my academic career, I have learned how to navigate readings, record the important information and believe it or not, actually retained the learnings. Here are my how to’s for effective note-taking and reading techniques for your assigned readings.

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