The Day Tripper

Post 15-Pic, Day trip

We’re at T minus pretty-soon before things are going to get hectic with coursework, research, TA responsibilities, lab duties, clinical work, grant writing, … *deep breath*. The time for a vacation has past, but that doesn’t mean the time for

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Active Lifestyle Options in Kingston

Welcome to the first week of classes for the 2015 – 2016 school year. If you are new to Queen’s, I hope that your orientation week was fun and informative, and I wish you a smooth transition into grad school.

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How to live (and survive) in Kingston

As I write this post, it feels like a scorching 35 degrees outside. Queen’s campus is pure mayhem with new students moving in and setting up places they will call home for at least the next 8 months. I remember

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Don’t know what you won’t know (about Orientation)

Our September series here at Gradifying is going to be all about Orientation; official events at Queen’s, getting to know the city as a new resident, and other things you want to know about when you’ve just picked up your

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TA’ing: Unspoken Skills

I’m not going to echo my colleagues who have lost hope that the summer is going to last forever. I know there are at least some of you that believe, like me, that this is the first never-ending summer. I

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Desired Learning Outcomes and Constructive Alignment

After reading this post, you should be able to… As Amanda has alluded to, the twilight of summer is upon us. Personally, I am not ready to accept this fact; however, wishful thinking does not change the reality that TA

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Understanding your students (as a TA)

Well, today is Monday August 10th. Someone please tell me where our summer has gone? While most of us go on with life as usual over the summer, in just over a month, another school year is set to begin.

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Wikipedia, we need ya


August is about teaching and learning – designing courses, TAing, all things pedagogic – with Orientation and other events thrown in as they come up. (These will be September’s focus more squarely). Apropos of designing three new courses this year,

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Mixed Media: Connect with Queen’s

Getting your daily dose of social media.

Among the most important aspects that determine your employability are your skills and your ability to convey those skills to potential employers. This month at Gradifying we have been writing about ways of reaching out into your community to connect

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Meaningful Networking: 140 characters (or less) at a time


My previous post was intended to promote the Destination Kingston event hosted by the Science to Business Network (S2B) at Queen’s. The event turned out to be very well organized and well received by panelists and attendees, alike. The event

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Gradifying Poll

Grad Community at Queen's
How connected do you feel to a community of other graduate students at Queen's?