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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

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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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Ways to Enhance Your Personal Capacity for Creativity

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It goes without saying that innovation, creativity, and design thinking are buzzwords nowadays. In my work and education, I have observed that many people have a propensity towards innovation and creativity. Or so it seems. Upon reflection, however, I feel

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A Short Guide to Living a More Efficient Life

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How do I manage a more efficient work life? How do I navigate through competing priorities? How do I maintain my sleep while also accomplishing my goals? These are some of the many questions I am often asked. Personally, I

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On Five for Focus

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As a graduate student, you’ll often be confronted with mentally challenging tasks. Your thesis, for example, demands you to write about difficult concepts, understand dense research articles, and analyze unruly data. Here are five strategies to help you focus so

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Strategies to Succeed in Moments of Failure

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Greetings fellow graduate students, I hope this blog post finds you well. Failure seems like a very scary word. For some, it can occur in personal, professional, social, and psychological life domains. For others, the fear of failure forces them

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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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Make or Break? The Impact of Student-Supervisor Relationships on Graduate Learning

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Figure 1: A word cloud with the topics related to the student-supervisor relationship. The most visible terms are supervisor, student, discussion, and learning. (Majid, 2017b) “’Mentoring is best when it is free of pressure, and when it feels reciprocal’ (Cullingford,

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The 101 on the SGS and the SGPS

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Having worked at the front desk of the SGPS office since this past February, there’s a question I’ve heard surprisingly often. Is this the SGS office? Though the SGPS and the SGS have very similar names and both cater to

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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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