Never procrastinate and always free time…..
One blog I read regularly is by Leo Babauta, called zen habits. Essentially, he writes all about simplifying your life. A while ago, Scott Young was a guest blogger for Babuata’s website and wrote a post, The Really Simple Way to Get Work Done. I was greatly inspired by this piece and therefore want
Coping strategies for full time workers turned PhD students
By Thesis Whisperer
Have you given up a great full time job to do your PhD? Some of you might have done this fairly recently – what changes can you expect?
Jo Khoo is currently enrolled in a PhD at the University of Wollongong, Australia. Her research focuses on health services use and financing, particularly related to service delivery for people living with chronic diseases and the role of health insurance. She commenced a PhD full-time in 2016 after a decade working as a public health professional in research management, information systems and health policy. Jo has managed to...
How Academic Parents Can Find Time to Exercise
A question that often comes up when I do campus workshops on work/life balance is how and when busy academic parents can find time to exercise. As we get older, it becomes increasingly important for us to exercise in order to stay healthy and keep our stress levels in check. I find time to exercise
Rhythms of Writing: juggling inspiration and discipline
A lot of writing advice tends to shift between write-when-inspired and write every day. In this blog post, Aya Nassar suggests that maybe we do not really need to choose...
It has been a while since my last two blog posts ‘Becoming kind to your writing’ and ‘Becoming kind to other’s writing’. In these I tried to convey how approaching writing with a changed attitude helped me think of it as something other than fearful, judgemental and scary. To continue this series of blogs, I want to focus on changing writing rhythms, and how I experimented with them. Do these mindful insights help when...
Don’t Be Bummed Out While School’s Out
Strategies for making good use of your summer "break."
Florianne Jimenez is a PhD student in rhetoric and composition at UMass Amherst. She tweets via @bopeepery.
Remember when you actually used to look forward to summer vacation as a kid? The last day of school always felt like the sweetest day of the year: the sun always shone a little bit brighter, and the snacks always tasted a little bit better. For graduate students, our last days of school are more bittersweet. For many of us, summer means no funding and relying on on part-time jobs, loans, or...
How Microlearning is Stopping Student Burnout Syndrome
BY TIM MONSON
All through our early years and first forays into the world of education, we’re told time and time again that learning requires time, dedication, perseverance. We’re taught that it needs hours, and hours, and hours and while this is true in a sense, it isn’t the whole story. Indeed, many would claim that some of the most effective learning we can partake intakes the same amount of you need to make a decent cup of tea – just ten minutes out of your busy schedule.
That is the essence of microlearning; short bursts of learning which take between ten and fifteen minutes. While ...
Take The Plunge: Immersing yourself in your studies
by Kaitlin in Study Hacks
The language learning community has always been a huge proponent of the idea of immersion. In its most extreme form, this means relocating to The Netherlands (à la Benny of Fluent in 3 Months), but for most students, it involves using Facebook in French, listening to Spanish music or podcasts, or watching Inspector Rex without the subtitles.
There’s no reason, though, that you can’t incorporate this premise into other subjects or areas of expertise. Here are a few suggestions of ways to enrich your experience and understanding of the material you are covering ...
Getting to know a research intern: Cathy Wong
Google Research tackles the most challenging problems in CS and related fields. Being bold and taking risks is essential to what we do, and research teams are embedded throughout Google, allowing our discoveries to affect billions of users each day.
The compelling benefit to researchers is that their innovations can be implemented fast and big. Google’s unique infrastructure facilitates ideas’ speed to market — allowing their ideas to be trialled by millions of users before their paper is even published.
Today we’re talking to Cathy Wong, a former Research intern. Read on!
Some Quick, Low-Effort Ways to Improve Focus
by Jason B. Jones
We live in distractible times, for bad reasons (cf. the news) and good (cf. Alto’s Odyssey, or the soccer ). It is common from time to time to feel that one’s ability to focus is slipping away. (And focus has certainly been an evergreen topic here at ProfHacker!)
Last week, David ‘MacSparky’ Sparks (prior) wrote a post about focus that is both helpful and compassionate. You should definitely read the whole (short!) post, but I wanted to highlight in particular some easy ways to get started.
The first is, at least temporarily, to turn off all notifications on your p...
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