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Staying Healthy This Winter

10th November 2020

It’s important to keep ourselves healthy and functioning – this also means taking care of our emotional and psychological health.

Books and Movies to Celebrate Halloween

27th October 2020

It’s almost Halloween, and although it might look different this year for many people, you can still get into the holiday spirit! As the weather gets cooler in many parts of the country and the leaves start to fall, we love diving into the autumn traditions like pumpkin or apple picking, hayrides, and spooky activities.

Developing an Engaging PowerPoint

20th October 2020

Most of us have done PowerPoint presentations at some point in our professional and academic careers, and if you haven’t, you will.

Benefits of Dissertation Coaching

6th October 2020

Writing a dissertation or thesis can be challenging. It takes a long time from start to finish, and for many people, is unlike anything they’ve ever done before.

October is National Book Month!

1st October 2020

I bet you didn’t know that October was National Book Month, did you? The National Book Foundation established the first National Book Month in 2003.

Maintaining Connections with Your Cohort and Advisor When Distance Learning

22nd September 2020

If you’re suddenly finding yourself with a remote college or graduate school experience for the time, when you planned for in-person learning, don’t panic.

How Dissertation Editor Can Help with Math Anxiety

17th September 2020

If you have math anxiety, you’re not alone. Many kids, teens, and adults have anxiety or trepidation with math, which has often led them to avoid it at all costs.

Need to Get Organized? Read These Books

15th September 2020

Getting and staying organized: for some people, it comes naturally. For others, it takes some work and effort.

Tips for Stress Reduction

8th September 2020

September is the awareness month for both self-care and suicide prevention. While you might hear many graduate students talk about their stress like it’s a badge of honor, stress can wreak havoc on both your physical and mental health.

September is Self-Care Awareness Month

2nd September 2020

September is Self-Care Awareness Month, and, at first glance, this might seem a little silly. After all, when many people think of self-care, the first thing that comes to mind might be what all the commercials and television shows portray: someone lounging in the bath, cucumber slices on their eyes, drinking wine or indulging in a “cheat” food, or something like that.

Preparing for Graduate School (Yes, even remotely!)

31st August 2020

If you’re starting graduate school this fall or are continuing your graduate education, preparation is key.

When Zoom is Overwhelming

25th August 2020

Many of us with kids started to see some push-back with Zoom after a certain point in the shelter-at-home orders.

Self-Publishing 101

20th August 2020

So you want to write a book – great! Or better yet, you’ve written a book – even better! How will you publish it? There is the traditional mode of publishing: depending on your genre, you need an agent, who will then submit the manuscript to publishers.

Benefits of Joining a Virtual Writing Group

18th August 2020

Writing groups have always been helpful, and, especially in graduate school, they’re often done in-person.

Books to Read in Honor of the ADA Turning 30

27th July 2020

The Americans with Disabilities Act, or ADA, turns 30 this year. It was signed into law on July 26, 1990.

The ADA Turns 30!

23rd July 2020

On July 26th 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law by President George H.

It's Summer! Here's How to Stay Motivated

16th July 2020

It’s summertime, and while our summer this year looks different than in years past because of the COVID-19 pandemic, hopefully you’ll still be able to get outside in the sunshine, relax a bit, and recharge for the coming year.

Tips for Online Learning

14th July 2020

With classes moved online for the time being for many students, and online classes even heading into the fall semester, some people may not be as comfortable with online learning as others.

Setting Up Your Outdoor Workspace

7th July 2020

As the weather gets nicer, you might feel the pull to be outside more – and that’s great! Being outside and spending time in nature can help reduce stress and anxiety.

Alleviating Aches and Pains While Working at your Computer

30th June 2020

If you’re working on your thesis or dissertation, perhaps in addition to sitting in front of a computer screen all day for work, you’re probably familiar with the myriad aches and pains you might develop.

Virtual Tours for When You Need a Break

25th June 2020

We know that sometimes, in the middle of research, writing, working, and reading, you just need to get away.

Ways to Improve Your Written English

23rd June 2020

English is a difficult language. Here at Dissertation Editor, we have years of experience working with clients for whom English is not their first language.

Movies to Marathon During COVID-19 Quarantine

18th June 2020

If you’ve been feeling distracted or like you haven’t been able to focus, you’re not alone. It’s not uncommon to feel a lack of focus, increased stress (especially if your job has been affected or if you’re worried about loved ones), or even depression or loneliness.

Books To Read If You're Interested in Pandemics

16th June 2020

Reading can help us think more deeply and make better sense of things around us. We are living through a global pandemic, and for some people, reading about pandemics can help make sense of the current state of affairs and bring a bit of understanding or even comfort.

Coping Strategies During COVID-19

11th June 2020

We did a post on self-care in the era of COVID-19 and self-isolation/social distancing, but as the weeks go on, we may find ourselves running out of coping strategies.

The Benefits of Joining a Book Club

4th June 2020

Book clubs can be a fun, engaging, and educational experience at any time, but especially now during the COVID-19 stay-in-place orders, they can be especially helpful.

Helpful Websites for Writers

2nd June 2020

Whether you’re writing your thesis or dissertation, a journal article, or a novel or memoir, sometimes you need…something else.

Staying Positive in the Face of Uncertainty

26th May 2020

It’s been a hard few months. People are out of work, others are working from home, many are juggling teaching their children and making sure they’re staying on top of the work the school provides and working from home – it’s a lot.

Preparing for the Job Market

12th May 2020

It’s nearing the end of the semester and many of you are starting to think about the job market. Whether you’re looking for a temporary job or a more permanent one, it’s never too early to start thinking about these things.

Star Wars Day!

4th May 2020

It’s May 4th, the best day of the year for Star Wars fans! Here at Dissertation Editor, we love a good space opera and we love Star Wars.

How Dissertation Editor Can Help with Online Teaching and Learning

28th April 2020

With online teaching being the new norm right now because of COVID-19, we realize this may be unfamiliar territory for many of you, especially those of you who are teaching elementary, middle, and high school.

National Library Week!

20th April 2020

It’s National Library Week (4/19-4/25) – a time to celebrate the libraries in your life. Libraries serve the needs of their communities, whether it’s a busy undergrad university, a small charter school, a research institution, an inner-city neighborhood, or a graduate school.

Self-Care During COVID-19

14th April 2020

It’s always important to practice self-care, but it is especially important during graduate school and while you’re working on your thesis or dissertation.

April is D.E.A.R. Month

7th April 2020

Do you remember DEAR (Drop Everything And Read)? In elementary school, there would be DEAR time, and we’d all stop the lesson and take out a book and have quiet time to read.

How Do You Know if You Have the Right Dissertation/Thesis Topic?

31st March 2020

Many people spend a lot of time wondering how to choose a thesis or dissertation topic, but how do you know when you have the right one? Well, it can be different for everyone, including how you define “the right topic,” but there are a few ways to know you’ve picked a good topic.

Choosing Credible Sources

24th March 2020

In this day and age, we are lucky to have a surplus of scholarly information at our fingertips. No more are the hours of paging through card catalogs or scrolling through microfiche.

Working from Home with Kids During COVID-19

23rd March 2020

Working from home can be challenging enough if you’re not used to it, whether it’s for your job or working on your dissertation or thesis.

World Poetry Day is Tomorrow!

20th March 2020

Tomorrow is World Poetry Day! Why world poetry day? Poetry is universal, it crosses cultures and generations and reminds us of our shared humanity.

Academics in the time of COVID-19

16th March 2020

If you attend an in-person undergraduate or graduate program, you most likely have been affected by school closures, due to the novel coronavirus, COVID-19.

Celebrate Pi Day!

14th March 2020

Ah, Pi Day – no, not PIE day, although we’d love that, too – but Pi Day, a day in which math lovers everywhere celebrate the wonder that is pi, the mathematical constant typically known as 3.

Dealing With Feedback

10th March 2020

This blog post might be hard for some of you to read. Good. That’s a good thing – we all need to push our comfort zones and be uncomfortable from time to time.

National Grammar Day!

4th March 2020

March 4th! It’s the only day of the year that is also a complete sentence (march forth!). It’s also National Grammar Day.

Quitting Your Doctoral Program

18th February 2020

Yes, you read the title of today’s blog correctly. Graduate school isn’t for everyone, and sometimes a certain graduate program isn’t right for you – there’s nothing wrong or shameful about that, and there’s no reason to stay in a doctoral program and amass debt and lose time if you know it’s not right for you.

Self-Care for Valentine's Day

13th February 2020

February brings with it the commercial trappings of Valentine’s Day: red and pink hearts and the ideas of romance and relationships.

Books to Read for Black History Month

11th February 2020

February is Black History Month. This originated as “Negro History Week,” which historian Carter G.

Maintaining Your Motivation During Winter Time

21st January 2020

It’s the middle of winter, and in many parts of the country, the temperatures have dropped and snow may be on the ground.

Networking as a Graduate Student

14th January 2020

In a perfect world, simply going to school or an internship and working would enable you to meet everyone you need to meet and open up doors to opportunity; unfortunately, that’s not reality, and active networking is necessary.

Academic New Year's Resolutions for 2019

2nd January 2020

It’s a new year! It’s that time when people make resolutions…and often break them. We did a post like this last year, which you can read here.

Books to Read Over Winter Break

30th December 2019

It’s winter break for most students, and that means more time: time to work on your thesis or dissertation, time to learn a data analysis program, time to rest and recharge, or time to read a good book.

Making the Most of Winter Break

23rd December 2019

Winter break is coming up – are you planning on actually taking a break, or planning to power ahead with your work? It is possible to do both, with a little planning.

How Failure Can Help You Succeed

17th December 2019

There was an article going around about a PhD candidate who defended her dissertation wearing a skirt made out of rejection letters she’d gotten during her doctoral program: scholarship rejections, journal rejections, grant rejections, conference rejections, and more.

Keeping a Research Journal

10th December 2019

We’ve discussed academic bullet journaling and how it can help you in a previous blog post, but what about keeping a research journal? While bullet journaling keeps a record of your deadlines and schedules, a research journal is different.

What Can You Do with a Dissertation Editor Gift Card?

5th December 2019

The holidays are coming up, and sometimes it’s not easy to figure out what to get friends or family members.

Practicing Gratitude as a Graduate Student

3rd December 2019

It’s that time of year when people take stock of what they're thankful for and how they can do nice things for others.

Submitting Your Dissertation or Thesis to ProQuest

26th November 2019

After your final revisions are complete, your manuscript has been edited, and you are completely finished with your thesis or dissertation, you’ll upload your manuscript to ProQuest.

Graduate School and Disabilities

19th November 2019

Did you know that nearly 20 percent of undergraduate students (19.4%) report having a disability, and 8 percent of masters students and 7 percent of doctoral students report having a disability? The ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) defines “disability” in legal terms, not medical terms, and defines a person with a disability as “a person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities.

Getting (and Staying) Organized for Graduate School

12th November 2019

The school year is well underway, and whether it’s your first year in graduate school or your final year; whether you’re in a traditional in-person program or an online program; and whether you’re going full-time or part-time, getting and staying organized can make a big difference in your academic life.

Dealing With Burnout

5th November 2019

The term “burnout” gets thrown around a lot, but do you know what it really means? Burnout is defined as a state of chronic stress leading to physical and emotional exhaustion, cynicism, detachment, and feeling ineffective and unaccomplished.

Taking a Gap Year Before Graduate School

29th October 2019

By the time you graduate from college, you’ve been going to school for nearly 20 years, if not more.

Dealing with Dyscalculia

22nd October 2019

Many people are familiar with learning disabilities that deal with reading, writing, or language, but did you know that learning disabilities can also affect the ability to process and understand mathematics? Dyscalculia, sometimes also called “math dyslexia” is a math learning disability that is diagnosed in approximately 5 to 7 percent of students in the US.

Tips for Effective Presentations

15th October 2019

Graduate school provides many opportunities to hone your presentation skills: some classes require you to present your research or a topic, you may be teaching, and you might go to a conference or two and do a poster presentation (you can check out our blog on that here).

Dissertation Editor: What We Do

8th October 2019

The school year is getting underway and Dissertation Editor is ready to help! Our name might have the word “dissertation” in it, but did you know that we aren’t just for dissertations or theses? That’s right! We offer a range of services for both students and professionals, at every stage of your career.

Dealing With Math Anxiety

1st October 2019

Math anxiety is real and quite common. Many graduate students dread their Statistics class or shy away from data-driven projects.

Is it Too Late to go to Graduate School?

24th September 2019

If you’re reading this blog, you might be in graduate school already, you might be thinking of applying to graduate school, or you might be in the process of doing so right now.

Academic Writing Tips: How to Declutter Your Writing

17th September 2019

It’s important to get words down on the page. Without it, you don’t have a thesis or dissertation.

Writing 1000 Words a Day (or 750, or 500...)

10th September 2019

Did our blog headline get your attention? Great! We thought it would. Too good to be true, you might be asking? Nope.

Want to Combat Stress or Burnout? Get Outside!

27th August 2019

As graduate school looms in the not-so-distant future, you might be a little anxious about starting or going back to your graduate program or stressed out about your dissertation or thesis.

How to Beat Back-to-School Nerves

22nd August 2019

If you’ve been in any store lately, you know it’s just around the corner: back-to-school time! You can’t escape the school sales, kids stocking up on clothing and school supplies, and that oh-so-familiar smell of new notebooks, paper, and the memory of the thrill of choosing just the right backpack and lunch box.

Back-to-School Necessities for the Graduate Student

20th August 2019

Summer is winding down and going back to school is on the horizon. If you have children, you’ve likely gotten their class lists and are stocking up on supplies – but what about you? Yes, you! Just because you're a graduate student, it doesn't mean you don't need any school supplies.

Podcasts for Writing

13th August 2019

Are you a podcast-listener? We’ve talked about podcasts for graduate students before, but as you know, whatever you’re interested in, there’s a podcast for that! Here are some that may be helpful in writing your dissertation – and writing in general, too.

Classics that Are Perfect for Summer

6th August 2019

We’ve written posts before about how important it is to read widely, and if you read interviews with writers or talk to an established writer, at some point it’s likely that they’ll tell you that in order to write well, you need to read a lot.

Happy Birthday Harry Potter!

31st July 2019

It’s July 31st! In addition to being a sign that the summer is winding down, it’s also Harry Potter’s birthday! Yup, he will be 39 years old this year, and the Harry Potter world of Hogwarts has been part of our cultural fabric for more than 20 years now, if you can believe it.

Maintaining Your Motivation This Summer

25th July 2019

It is mid-summer and many of you might have had some plans in mind for your academic work. There's still time! Whether you’re planning on knocking out a rough draft of a chapter or two of your dissertation, making some headway with your research, or even just wanting to get to a reading list of yours, it can be hard to find the motivation to actually do it.

How to Deal with Rejection (From Academic Journals)

23rd July 2019

It happens to everyone. Really, it does – rejection from academic journals. It’s almost a rite of passage.

Making the Most out of Summer During Graduate School

18th July 2019

Summer is here and your instinct might be to kick back and relax and do as little work as possible on your thesis or dissertation – after all, you want to actually enjoy your summer, right? Well…yes and no.

Podcasts for Math, Statistics, and Data Analysis

16th July 2019

Do you listen to podcasts? Do you want to learn more about math or statistics? This post is for you! It’s also for those of you who may not necessarily love statistics and numbers (hey, it’s not for everyone), but want to learn more or need some clarification.

Summer Reading: Books and Workbooks on Academic Writing

9th July 2019

Summer is a great time to work on any challenges you might have with writing, especially academic writing.

Basics of Submitting to Academic Journals

2nd July 2019

Summer is a great time to start thinking about submitting to journals for publication. You might be working with a professor on research, have you dissertation, or other paper, completed that shows some promise, or you finally have time to finesse that article you’ve been working on.

The Importance of Fact-Checking and Understanding Your Research

27th June 2019

Recently, the author Naomi Wolf learned – on-air, no less – that a major premise of her book is based on a misunderstanding.

Great Podcasts for Graduate Students

25th June 2019

There are all sorts of tools to help you with your graduate school journey: books, websites, blogs, and…podcasts? Yup, podcasts! For those of you who love being able to listen to podcasts while at the gym, on your commute, or while you’re relaxing, now you can listen to a podcast that will help you navigate graduate school and any questions you have about a whole range of topics for grad school and even beyond! First, the basics: what is a podcast, for the uninitiated? It’s generally a series of episodes of audio files, like a digital serial radio show, almost.

Tips to Deal with Graduation Blues

5th June 2019

Congratulations! You worked hard, persevered, and graduated from college or graduate school. This should be one of the happiest times of your life, right? For many graduates, once the immediate graduation and all is festivities pass, a creeping depression can occur.

Organizing Your Home Workspace for Success

7th May 2019

As a grad student who is potentially also juggling full-time work and family obligations, needing a “room of your own,” to paraphrase Virginia Woolf, can be vital to your school and/or work success.

April is Stress Awareness Month!

22nd April 2019

Did you know that April is Stress Awareness Month? Established in 1992, Stress Awareness Month is meant to increase general awareness about the causes and effects of stress, and how to manage stress in your everyday life.

Setting Reasonable and Attainable Goals in Dissertation Writing

16th April 2019

The dissertation writing process is a long one – the dissertation process itself is more like an Ironman triathlon than a quick sprint.

How an Academic Bullet Journal Can Help with your Dissertation Work

9th April 2019

By now, you’ve probably heard of bullet journals, or BuJos. We even posted this article about their use with dissertation work and academia from Inside Higher Education on our Facebook page.

Nurturing Relationships While in Graduate School

2nd April 2019

Relationships are an important part of life: friendships, romantic relationships, family relationships, and professional relationships.

Acing Your Dissertation Defense

26th March 2019

After you turn in your dissertation, you will have a defense. The actual format can vary among disciplines and schools, but, in general, it’s a one to two hour event in which you “defend” your work, answer questions, or present your findings to your committee and colleagues.

Why Reading Widely Is So Important

19th March 2019

If you talk with any professional writer, at some point they will likely tell you that if you’re interested in becoming a writer, you need to read.

Happy Pi Day!

14th March 2019

Happy Pi Day! While we love pie here at Dissertation Editor (and let’s be real, who doesn’t), we also love pi – especially our stats team.

How to Beat the Winter Blahs

6th March 2019

In many parts of the country right now, it's still winter, although spring peeks through occasionally.

Selecting Your Dissertation Committee

26th February 2019

Choosing your dissertation or thesis committee is perhaps one of the most difficult but important decisions you will have to make as a graduate student.

Tips for Applying to Graduate School

20th February 2019

So you’ve decided to apply to graduate school – congratulations! This is a big decision. It can be overwhelming, but it’s very doable.

Valentine's Day Gift Ideas for the Graduate Student

11th February 2019

Love is in the air again…or maybe it’s just February. It can feel like every year, the Valentine’s Day plans people have get more extravagant, which can be stressful if you’re a grad student or don’t have a ton of money to spare.

Dr. Roda's Recent Trip to USF!

29th January 2019

There are a lot of wonderful things going on here at Dissertation Editor, and we wanted to share some with you, our blog readers.

Dealing With a Difficult Adviser or Chair

15th January 2019

In a perfect world, your dissertation adviser or Chair would always read and return emails promptly, provide unwavering support and expert guidance that always hits the mark.

New Year's Resolutions for Graduate Students

10th January 2019

Happy New Year! It’s tradition for many people to make resolutions at the start of the new year, but so many times they fall by the wayside by the time January ends.

Study Skills Tips

8th January 2019

Let me guess: you looked at the blog topic and thought, study skills? CLEARLY, I know how to study and study well; I wouldn’t have made it to graduate school if I didn’t.

Thoughtful Thursday: Books About Science that Everyone Should Read

3rd January 2019

It’s the tail end of winter break for many of you, and hopefully you've been able to take at least some time off from writing and research and enjoy some free time, get some sleep, get outside and play in the snow, or do some “pleasure reading.

The Benefits of Journaling in Graduate School

26th December 2018

When was the last time you journaled? For many of us, it was as angsty teens, or kids who kept a diary.

Graduate Student Gift Guide

6th December 2018

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…the holidays are coming up, and no matter what you celebrate, if you have loved ones who are grad students, you might be wondering what to get them.

Staying Healthy During the Winter

4th December 2018

During the winter time, the days get shorter, nights are longer, and it can be frighteningly cold, depending on where you live.

Managing Stress During the Holidays

29th November 2018

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…with the holidays around the corner and the end of the semester upon us, there’s a lot to look forward to – but this time of year might also come with stressors.

How to Construct an Effective Poster Presentation

15th November 2018

If you decide to present your research at a conference, you might have to prepare a poster presentation.

4 Ways a Professional Editor Can Help Save You Time and Money

13th November 2018

We get it – as a graduate student, you don’t have a ton of disposable income, and so you’re careful about how you spend your money.

How to Utilize National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), Even for Your Dissertation!

1st November 2018

It’s November, and it’s National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Although it was developed for people writing novels, many people use it to write nonfiction.

Classic Scary Books to Get You in the Halloween Mood

29th October 2018

Halloween is coming up, and along with black cats, pumpkins, candy, and scary movies, what about getting in the mood with some creepy classic books? Take a break from your research and writing, and escape into these time-tested stories for a few hours.

How to Write Professional Emails

23rd October 2018

You’re probably wondering why we’re devoting a whole blog post to the simple task of emailing – after all, we all do it, right? What could we possibly blog about? Well…a lot, it turns out.

Thoughtful Thursday: Beating the Mid-Semester Slump

18th October 2018

It’s mid-October, and the semester is halfway over. You’ve gotten into a routine, you know what your professors expect of you, and things are moving forward.

In the News: Penn Will Be the First of the Ivies to Offer an Online Bachelor's Degree

19th September 2018

The University of Pennsylvania will become the first Ivy League school to offer an online Bachelor’s degree, starting next fall.

Returning to School as a Non-Traditional Student

12th September 2018

Maybe you’re returning to school after taking some time off to start and raise a family. Maybe you’re changing careers.

How to Make the Most out of Your Graduate School Experience

4th September 2018

Graduate school is a unique experience and though it’s cliché, it really is what you make of it. Whether you’re attending an in-person program, low-residency program, or completely online program, it’s important to make the most of it, no matter what that might look like for you.

Tips for Beating the Back-to-School Blues or Butterflies

28th August 2018

It’s that time of year again: stores have displays of rows and rows of notebooks, pens, pencil cases, glue sticks, and backpacks.

Movies to Help you get into Back-to-School Mode

24th August 2018

Summer is winding down, and it’s almost time to go back to school. Whether you’re continuing your program, starting a new adventure, or even if you took a class or two over the summer, the transition back to the daily grind can be a tough one.

Dissertation Research Tips: Choosing a Topic

7th August 2018

Some people go into their doctoral program with a clear idea of what they want to study and never waver from it; others have a vague sense of what they want their topic to be, and then fine-tune it; still others go in with some idea, and then end up focusing on a completely different topic altogether.

Thoughtful Thursday: 15 Free or Low-Cost Summer Activities to Help you Recharge

2nd August 2018

It’s summertime, and while you might not be totally free of graduate school or dissertation stress, you might have a bit more free time on your hands.

Dissertation Writing Tips: Tightening up Your Academic Writing

31st July 2018

When editors write things like “tighten this up!” or talk about “tightening up” during a consultation, they’re not referring to physical fitness! Tightening up a piece of writing, whether it’s academic or creative, means cutting the excess, streamlining the ideas, and getting to the point.

Dissertation Writing Tips: How to Improve and Strengthen Your Writing

27th July 2018

Nathaniel Hawthorne once said “Easy reading is damn hard writing.” He was right, of course. Good writing takes time and practice, and even if you have a natural inclination toward writing, it’s still not easy.

Need a Break? Check out these Movies Based on Books

26th July 2018

As we’ve mentioned previously, all work and no relaxation is never a good thing. Sometimes we need to step away from the writing and research for a few hours and do something fun: go for a walk, a swim, take a nap, volunteer – anything.

How to Increase Your Productivity

24th July 2018

We’ve all heard people talking about being morning people or night owls – and with that, comes varying differences in productive times for different people.

Thoughtful Thursday: The Benefits of Music

19th July 2018

Anyone who’s ever exercised or runs knows that music can be a big motivator. A long run can feel a lot shorter when you have the right music playing on your headphones, and even a night out dancing can fly by if there’s a great soundtrack.

Thoughtful Thursday: Yoga Apps and Videos

28th June 2018

With summertime upon us, it can be a great time to start a new fitness routine (if you have any doubts about your physical ability to do an activity, or have any physical issues, check with your doctor before beginning any exercise routine).

Thoughtful Thursday: Aromatherapy

14th June 2018

 Most of us have had the experience of smelling something and having an associated, instinctual response – for instance, the smell of chocolate chip cookies reminding you of coming in from playing in the snow and sitting down to a plate of freshly baked cookies; the smell of a cooked meal similar to one your grandmother used to make, bringing you a feeling of comfort, or maybe even making you tear up a little; or even the smell of a medical facility, reminding you of an unpleasant experience.

Thoughtful Thursday: Slowing Down

7th June 2018

The summertime invites a slower pace, bare feet, and lounging around, but when you’ve got a dissertation or thesis to finish, slowing down is the last thing you feel like doing! We understand that – but sometimes, even slowing down for part of each day can be beneficial to recharge your soul and “reboot” your motivation.

Tips for Summertime Dissertation Motivation

29th May 2018

The summer is (finally) sneaking up on us – barbeques, longer days full of sunshine and swimming and relaxing, and plans with family and friends.

Thoughtful Thursday: 5 Tips for Stress Reduction

10th May 2018

We’ve done a post on self-care tips, and though this one might overlap a bit, with finals and the end of the semester coming up, having plenty of tools in your toolbox to cope with stress is never a bad thing.

Commencement Speeches That Will Inspire You

8th May 2018

Graduation season is approaching, and schools often get leaders in various fields to give commencement addresses.

Thoughtful Thursday: Juggling Graduate School, Work, and Parenting

26th April 2018

We know many of you are not only working (whether it’s full- or part-time) and going to graduate school, but you’re also juggling family responsibilities.

Thoughtful Thursday: the Importance of Connection

19th April 2018

When we’re stressed or swamped with work and on deadline, it’s natural to hole ourselves up in our house or office to try and make a dent in the pile of papers, or to meet all of the deadlines on time.

Thoughtful Thursday: Self-Care

29th March 2018

You’ve probably heard about self-care – it’s a common buzzword these days. At its most basic, self-care is simply taking care of yourself – both your body and mind.

Thoughtful Thursday: Mindfulness

22nd March 2018

We posted on Facebook last week about a study that found increased rates of depression or anxiety in graduate students, compared to the general population; the post did so well that we realized that many people might benefit from some tips and resources about anxiety, depression, and stress reduction on a consistent basis.

Pi Day is Here!

14th March 2018

Happy Pi Day! What is Pi Day, you ask? Pi Day is celebrated on March 14, or 3/14. (It also happens to be Albert Einstein’s birthday, ironically).

Conferences, Part 2: Are You Ready for a National Conference?

5th March 2018

So you've gone to a graduate student conference, and maybe even presented your research - great! The next step is a national conference in your field: is it worth going? There's no doubt that going to a national conference in your discipline is a commitment - financially, at the very least.

Resolutions for Grad Students

27th December 2017

The new year is quickly approaching, and many people are making their resolutions. As a grad student, you might be making a list of things to finish this coming year, or things you want to do before graduate school is over, or you might be thinking, resolutions? I always give up on them anyway before January is over, so why bother? No matter what your approach, making some resolutions as a grad student can be a good idea, if done realistically.

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