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How to reclaim your life when writing a dissertation

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Dora Farkas outlines 12 simple habits that will help you to reclaim your health and personal life while writing your dissertation. These straightforward choices help to increase productivity allowing more time for other commitments. She also provides a link to her “Finish your Thesis Program” if you are interested in further webinar coaching.

Want to Be a Better Writer? Cut These 7 Words

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Joe Bunting offers practical advice on how to become a better writer. In order to be specific, which he claims is “the one writing rule to rule them all”, he advises that you avoid these 7 vague words that will generally lessen the quality of anyone’s writing.

18 Simple Essay Hacks Every Student Needs To Know

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These essay hacks are a brief (and fun) look at some helpful writing tips.

Stand Up, Stay Awhile

UntitledAs students, hours are spent sitting at a desk to study, attend class, write essays – the list goes on. So what can this prolonged sitting do to your health? Experts say that even with appropriate activity levels incorporated into every day living, nothing can counter the detrimental effects of sitting for long periods of time. It is for that reason that it is recommended that individuals stand for 2-4 hours of their workday. To read more about the benefits of standing, and the harmful effects of sitting, click here.


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Why You Should Sleep in Grad School

UntitledBusy with school work? Think skipping out on sleep is a good way to catch up? Think again. Depriving yourself of sleep is not only unhealthy, but it may backfire in terms of productivity. This article outlines both short term and long term effects of lacking your Z’s, including:

          • Decreased accuracy of work
          • Reduced ability to make decisions
          • Increased blood pressure
          • Risk of stroke, heart disease, diabetes

To read more of the justifications for getting your beauty sleep, click here.


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Surviving Graduate School With Kids

4888532947_535c5482aa_zBoth having children and completing graduate education are challenging on their own; so it is not surprising that the combination of the two can be exceptionally difficult. This article acknowledges this challenge while providing some tips and tricks on how to get through it. These include remaining open about having kids while remaining on task in your studies and using exceptional time management. To read the full article, click here. 



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All About Speed Reading

woman-notebook-working-girlSometimes getting through readings a little faster is all you would need to get them finished on time; but how successful is speed reading for your comprehension of texts? This article dives into the pros and cons of speed reading, as well as describing the different kinds of speed reading that exist. These include:

          • Skimming
          • Meta-Guiding
          • Rapid Serial Visual Presentation

Click here to learn about the different methods and the give and take relationship between speed and comprehension.


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