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Coffee and Cramming: Cafes Around Kingston to Study In

Interior of The Juniper Cafe

Graduate work can often be isolating; whether it’s long hours in the lab, in the library or in your home office pouring over books, experiment results or excel sheets. Sometimes a change in your work space is much needed and

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On Writing Productivity – Writing Among Others

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After years of going through the research stage of my PhD program, watching my cohorts graduate one by one, (feels like) I am alone. It has become difficult for me to stay motivated and focus on making progress in my

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Healthy Writing Matters

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Everybody knows about healthy eating, but how many of us care about healthy writing habits? The same as keeping your body fit, you need advice on how to maintain your writing wellness. This article is based on my recent reflections

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2 Tips on Nurturing “Baby” — Dissertation Boot Camp Reflections

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In last week’s post, Dustin offered some useful suggestions for PhD students with a baby (or babies!) to raise. While this week, I would like to start with baby in its metaphoric sense. Every Master and PhD student has a

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The Bermuda Triangle of productivity; stress, motivation, and time management;

In this subtle metaphor, the plane is your productivity.

Reflections on February I have two conflicting goals around this time. Goal one: get through a pile of work. Goal two: Since February is (typically) cold, I want to wrap up in my bed like a little cinnamon bun and

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Pieces, Pieces, Pieces of me

The title of this blog is not only a catchy Ashlee Simpson song (remember her??!), it is also a phrase that applies in too many ways to life as a graduate student, particularly when it comes to time and project

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Happy New Year – You’ve only got 3 minutes to save the world!

Anastasia Savrova -  3rd in Ontario 3MT last year! Photo credit: http://queensu.ca/3mt/

So maybe not save the world…but how about explaining your thesis? Could you do that in just three minutes? Well, now you have the opportunity to do so. Queen’s Three Minute thesis (3MT) competition is back this year. Queen’s 3MT

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Finding a balance in grad school

Striking the balance

Work-Life balance – the most fantastical and elusive concept in grad school. Two things we know for sure, 1) It is essential, 2) grad students are bad at it. How does this happen! Well grad students tend to say yes

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Resources galore – the SGS has your back!

This is my cat Meanie. Meanie is having trouble understanding what the SGS has to offer him. Don't worry all you Meanies out there. We've got your back!

Well, it’s here, folks! Another semester begins, and of course it has come in like a lion! About a week ago, I was getting ready for the SGS Welcome and Resource Fair. I was scheduled to give a little blurb

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Dissertation-writing Paradise

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You may be reading the post right now because the title seems like a contradiction in terms. Some people enjoy diving head first into dissertation writing. … Perhaps I shouldn’t say that, because I haven’t yet met someone who was

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