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On writing blocks and getting unstuck

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Have you ever experienced a writing block? Last February, I attended a special lecture by Visiting Professor Deborah Britzman. Professor Britzman holds the York Research Chair in Pedagogy and Psycho-Social Transformation. Her lecture was on a topic that is close

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On Craftsmanship as a Metaphor for Research

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How do you frame your scholarship? Do you have a metaphor for how you approach your thesis or dissertation? In her book Write No Matter What: Advice for Academics, Joli Jensen extols the benefits of craftsmanship as a metaphor or

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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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On my favorite books from 2017

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I try to squeeze in time to read books outside of my research area. I read more non-fiction books nowadays, especially those in the self-help and academic writing genre. Here I’m sharing 8 books from my 2017 reading list. These

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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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Help Beyond Grad School: Finding Your Mentor

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How to find a mentor may vary depending on your field, but across the board it is a universally necessarily asset in order to get connected to people in your field and for getting a head start on your job

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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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Guest Post: SGPS Student Advisors

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The SGPS Student Advisor Program is a confidential support, referral, and advising service available to all SGPS members. As a resource for student support on campus, the Advisor program is not alone. There are many great offices offering a variety

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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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