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Highly Effective Study Habits

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

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

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

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

  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

Graduate Students Read with Queen’s Reads

This past summer I received an email asking if I’d like to get involved with the Queen’s Reads program. I had heard of the program before – a university-wide common reading program with one book chosen each year – and I remembered

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On Feeling Overwhelmed

As graduate students, you have to prepare for your courses, work on your research, and fulfill your teaching responsibilities. You may also need to spend time with your spouse/partner, children, family members, and friends. What about regular, daily household chores

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Let’s Take Back The Night at Queen’s

Last Thursday September 20th, a large group of individuals from Queen’s University and the wider Kingston community gathered at the Confederation Basin across from Kingston’s City Hall. Despite light rain and dreary weather, the atmosphere was welcoming and hopeful; some were

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Making Your Own Grad Study Station

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

Battling the Snake: Surviving your Defense

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

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