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Highly Effective Study Habits

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This blog is co-authored by our guest blogger Dylan Ermacora. Dylan is currently pursuing his MSc in epidemiology at Queen’s University and has an academic background in both psychology and social work from the University of British Columbia. Dylan is

Posted in General, Guest Posts, New Students, Orientation, Overwork, Productivity, Skill Development, Student Perspective

Where do I start? Strategies for writing effectively

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Reading and writing are key components of life, curiosity, inquiry, and learning. Writing, in particular, is an important skill that is at the foundation of graduate student learning and professional life. However, writing is not easy; it is a lifelong

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Surviving Archive Fever

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In Jacques Derrida’s book Archive Fever: A Freudian Impression (1996) he writes about the French idiom mal d’archive (archive fever) explaining that this idea is more than simply suffering from a sickness but it is – “to burn with a passion. It is never to

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Delivering in a Time Crunch

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As productive as we may like to be, sometimes life gets in the way. We may find ourselves taking energy shots late night to power through a massive assignment or to finish a project due in a few hours. I

Posted in New Students, Orientation, Overwork, Productivity, Professional Development, Skill Development, Staying Well, Student Perspective

Goal-setting and Occupational Planning: Designing Your Ideal Career

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  Some of us feel comfortable going with the flow, not having a preconceived plan or a vision, and we can get lucky doing that. For instance, my undergraduate thesis supervisor had an interesting, non-linear career path. He did his

Posted in Internship, Jobs and Careers, New Students, Productivity, Professional Development, Skill Development, Student Perspective, Uncategorized

Making Your Own Grad Study Station

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Here at Gradifying, our grad student writers know the importance of having a space of their own to get work done, far away from distractions but also an inspiring and reassuring space. The writers have decided to let you into their homes and

Posted in General, Group Post, Kingston, Productivity, Student Perspective, Uncategorized

A Short Guide to Promoting Your Research

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I don’t need to convince you that research is at the heart of most graduate school programs. Not only for thesis-based programs, research is also an essential aspect of professional-degree programs in the form of research papers as course assignments.

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Overcoming the Challenges with Distance Learning

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Like me, many of you may be distance learning students; you are simultaneously working full-time and trying to complete a graduate degree that expands your knowledge and skills. Some of you may be on this educational journey to expand what

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Battling the Snake: Surviving your Defense

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In Luke Burn’s 2010 article entitled “The ‘Snake Fight’ Portion of Your Thesis Defense”, he describes the battle that all successful PhD students must go through. In case you didn’t know, university guidelines require PhDs to defeat a snake. These

Posted in Productivity, Skill Development, Student Perspective, Thesis, Uncategorized

Steps to Expanding Your Personal Comfort Zone

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I cannot say how many times I have encountered a situation that challenges my comfort zone. By comfort zone, I refer to a set of skills, knowledge, and experiences that I feel comfortable in engaging in or performing. I cannot

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