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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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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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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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2 Tips on Nurturing “Baby” — Dissertation Boot Camp Reflections

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In last week’s post, Dustin offered some useful suggestions for PhD students with a baby (or babies!) to raise. While this week, I would like to start with baby in its metaphoric sense. Every Master and PhD student has a

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So you want to be an Epidemiologist…

Last week, my Gradifying co-author Amanda highlighted how her degree is structured. Today, I’ll be talking about the degrees offered by the Department of Public Health Sciences. There are six factors that differentiate programs: the degree structure, courses, comps, research

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So you want a graduate degree in Biology…

Spring has finally sprung... I thought I'd leave you on a happy note giving the looming rainy weather!

Here at Gradifying we like to highlight the diversity of experiences in graduate school. We did just that over the past month in our “day in the life of” series. It was such a hit that we decided to do

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Life in Grad School: A day in the life of Atif

The editorial staff at Gradifying decided that this month we would describe our experience in graduate school, especially given how different our experiences are. Last week, Amanda discussed her experiences as a graduate student, describing her “field season” and “the

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Planning for the summer

This post may sounds a little premature to some of you. After all, it’s only March, we *just* changed the clocks and there’s still snow on the ground. However, before you know it summer will be on us and things

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On overcoming writer’s block

The setting is your office. You’re bathed in the dull glow of your computer screen, staring at a blank page in Word, trying to write a paper. Blink. Blink. The cursor is watching you, mocking you, laughing at your inability

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