It may feel too early to start thinking about New Year’s Resolutions, but here’s one to add to your list: starting the new semester fresh and balancing school, work, and life as a grad student. Read it here.
Disabled students face a lot of different barriers, not least of which is the agony of disclosing disabilities and asking for accommodation. Inside Higher Ed has advice on how to have those talks with your professors if you need them, and how to help your students if they approach you. Read it here.
Ahh, it’s that time of year again…finals! You might be feeling a little overwhelmed right now. Here are some tips for studying and staying sane. Some are tried-and-true and some are, well, a little more out there.
“The opening five minutes [of class] offer us a rich opportunity to capture the attention of students and prepare them for learning. They walk into our classes trailing all of the distractions of their complex lives — the many wonders of their smartphones, the arguments with roommates, the question of what to have for lunch. Their bodies may be stuck in a room with us for the required time period, but their minds may be somewhere else entirely.” James M. Lang with the Chronicle of Higher Education describes techniques for transitioning students’ attention from the outside world into your classroom. Read the article here.
Grad school is overwhelming in so many different ways–not only are you digging into the material deeper than ever before and conducting your own research, but you’re also dealing with a whole new set of academic political dynamics. You have to answer to your advisory committee and professors while still following the passion that got you into the school in the first place. But what if your advisers won’t even, well, advise you? Captain Awkward answers some questions about standing up for your research while taking care of yourself in grad school. Read more here.