What makes your best big class?

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Keeping on our teaching theme, this is one for the Teaching Fellows and TAs out there, and those aspiring to teach. At the beginning of a course I do a “best & worst classes” exercise where the students have the opportunity

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Being on Both Sides of a TAship

I have been a grad student for more than six years. That’s bought me a lot, and as I’m approaching the end of this stage/journey/self-imposed sentence/dream (all of above), one of the things I’ve recently realized I’ve picked up is

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Getting Started on Teaching Dossiers

Happy New Year and welcome back to what finally feels like a Canadian winter. This time of year generally accompanied by a sense of a fresh start, a new beginning, resolutions to keep. While it’s likely that most resolutions will

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Responding to attitudes of academic entitlement – what grad students can do

We’ve all heard it. “I deserve a better grade than that.” “I tried hard and my mark doesn’t reflect how hard I tried.” And the especially common in Biology “I am applying to medical school and I got an 87%.

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Addressy Occasions: On Greetings and Titles in Email

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Happy end-of-classes to those of our readership who are teachers, students, and both at the same time! As you know, we always take a couple of weeks off around the Winter holidays each year, so look forward to another post

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Managing RAs: Helping Them Help You

They're in your hands now.

At Gradifying we try to reach everyone on our topics. This month there have been different variations on the theme of the supervisor-supervisee relationship and congeniality, and how to hone it so that it works for you. I’m going to

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Meeting of the Minds: 5 tips for productive meetings with your supervisor

Student-supervisor meetings can take on many different formats. My personal favourite (in theory) is the peripatetic meeting, implemented by Dr. Ian Janssen in the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies. Although I’ve never been on a walk, I think the

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Networking in (un)expected places

During my time with Gradifying, we have touched on the subject of networking on many occasions, and offered lots of perspectives including: conference networking, networking with grad alumni and so many more.  A couple of weeks ago, Dustin highlighted networking

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How to Choose a Supervisor Wisely

The stars represent the universe of knowledge. It's a visual metaphor.

This week I’m following up on Dustin’s post about (net)working smart, not hard, by reflecting on what it means to make a good or a bad choice on the core of your network: your supervisor. Last week Dustin used the

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NetWork Smart, Not Hard

How will you roll into your career?

“Jump in on the conversation.” “Have an opening ready.” “Develop your elevator speech.” “GET OUT THERE!!” I think these are good tips. Graduate students are one leap away from being in the career they decided to invest heavy doses of

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Gradifying Poll

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