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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TIP OF THE MONTH: iCal + iReminders

TIP OF THE MONTH: iCal + iReminders

Straight up, I’m an Apple girl.

 

I’ve had a Mac and iPhone since 2008 and never looked back.

I know this can be a big debate but this style and level of detail fits my needs and has always worked for me.

The two main tools that keep me organized AF are iCal and iReminders.

Here is how I use them:

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Prep for school in September with Trello

Prep for school in September with Trello

I’m not being dramatic when I say Trello has changed my life.

I call myself an organized person. Maybe even a bit over the top and psychotic at times. This probably stems from my anxiety and feeling prepared and organized helps calm it. But that’s for another blog post.

For many years I have been searching for solid organization tools. I am also a visual person so it needed to be something that was easy (and fun) to read. Handwritten calendars, pocket-sized, calendars that hang on my wall, calendars on my computer, my phone. To do list on paper, notepads, post-it notes, apps like Todoist, Wunderlist etc. I have tried it all.

And while these might work for some of you, they didn’t work for me (or they did but only to an extent).

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