How (Not) to Screw Up In Grad School

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Graduate students often find themselves reading a narrowing range of publications. As the saying goes, a PhD student knows more and more about less and less.

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Prose, Privacy, and Pronouns

Who are I? The question “Who are I?” combines the singular and plural, making a grammatical mess. But the combination nicely describes our book. Written by two people, it offers … Continue reading

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You. Should. Be. Writing.

In my experience procrastination is one of the most common ways graduate students screw up. It is a bad idea to be casual about your writing schedule. It is a … Continue reading

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Funded Vs Unfunded or Self Funded PhDs – An Important Debate

It is great to get so much positive feedback on our piece, 10 steps to PhD Failure, in the Times Higher Education Supplement yesterday. One bit of commentary that surprised … Continue reading

August 28, 2015 · Leave a comment

Communication? Miscommunication?

My biggest issue during the MA program was both a lack of and miscommunication with my supervisor during the thesis-writing process. I met with him only four or five times … Continue reading

August 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

How To: Make It To Grad School

My biggest university screw-up was the way I almost didn’t make it into graduate school. I failed to look into the requirements until I was nearly done my undergraduate degree. … Continue reading

July 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

Forget Sorry! ‘No’ is the hardest word.

I have found one of the most difficult things to do as a graduate student is to learn when to say “no”. Once people recognize that you are talented and … Continue reading

July 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

How To: Save Your Grad School Experience

I often talk to students about how to avoid common missteps in grad school. Over the years different students kept asking me many of the same questions, which prompted me … Continue reading

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