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  • Regaining Control of Your Food Expenses
    Posted by GradProSkills on November 16, 2017   
    Contrary to what you may think, eating well doesn't necessarily mean you have to spend a lot of money. This blog post will touch on ways that graduate students can make smarter choices when grocery shopping by creating a budget, planning their meals and doing a bit of research before heading out to shop. Read more
  • Choosing the Best Reference Management Tool
    Posted by GradProSkills on November 2, 2017   
    Putting together a bibliography or reference list can be a cumbersome process if you don’t have an organized system. Fortunately, there are three very useful reference management tools that graduate students can use to make compiling their references less of a headache. This blog post will discuss RefWorks, Mendeley and Zotero, free reference management software that can enhance productivity. Read more
  • Writing Tips to Boost Your Thesis
    Posted by GradProSkills on October 19, 2017   
    This November will mark another GradProSkills Thesis Boost event, a 3-day writing retreat meant to encourage and refuel the writing process of graduate students so they can finish their thesis with confidence. As such, this blog post discusses the academic writing process and touches on three ways that graduate students can rethink their approach to writing their thesis and rekindle the intrigue that led them to their research. Read more
  • Polishing Your Funding Application: 3 Questions You Should Ask Yourself
    Posted by GradProSkills on October 5, 2017   
    Similar to crafting essays, fund writing requires strategic skill and practice to develop an adequate pitch that will convince a committee of researchers that your project is meaningful. In the GradProSkills Fund Writing Strategies workshop, a variety of approaches are discussed to help create a successful funding application. This blog post will discuss three central questions that this workshop probes concerning the rules, the argument of your proposal and your communication plan. Read more
  • Reading Strategies: Skimming vs Close Reading
    Posted by GradProSkills on September 21, 2017
    As a graduate student, you’ll find that there will always be an academic text that requires your attention. Readings in graduate school vary from those you need to do to prepare for your seminar discussions, to those you must indulge in to support your own research for your thesis, conference presentations or publications. This blog post addresses two reading methods to help you manage your academic workload: skimming and close reading (SQ3R). Read more
  • Useful Strategies to Achieve a Meaningful Learning Experience
    Posted by GradProSkills on September 7, 2017   
    The GradProSkills team members were very fortunate to have the opportunity to participate in a workshop on classroom management with Carol Hawthorne from Concordia University’s Centre for Teaching and Learning. This workshop discussed useful strategies that can be implemented to plan and execute a meaningful learning experience. Read more
  • Three Key Points Graduate Students Should Consider for September
    Posted by GradProSkills on August 26, 2017   
    The approach of the beginning of September means it's time to seriously consider how you want your academic year to unfold. You can start by focusing on three important areas: funding, student-supervisor relationships, and Concordia University resources. Read more
  • 5 Useful Apps For Concordia Graduates
    Posted by GradProSkills on August 7, 2017   
    If you’re a smartphone user, you already know that the range of activities you can do on your phone vary from browsing videos and reading news articles to catching up with social media and finding out how to get to a location. One of the obvious benefits of these multi-use mobile devices is the addition of apps (applications) that change your user experience and provide entertainment, like Candy Crush. But have you considered how you can use your phone to optimize your graduate school experience? Read more
  • Leading Teams for Success
    Posted by GradProSkills on May 8, 2017   
    Teams can produce amazing results. If you are working by yourself, you have only one way of thinking. In a group – you can feed from each other’s ideas and build on each other’s knowledge and experience. But working in a team is not always easy, especially when members have very different interests, personalities, and motivations. In today’s global market teams are here to stay, so the demand for effective team leaders is increasing exponentially. Worry not, you will be prepared! This week’s blog post aims to provide you with practical tools and strategies that will allow you to lead your team to success in any situation. Read more
  • How I advanced my thesis with Thesis Boost
    Posted by Lara Khattab on April 25, 2017   
    At least once a year, GradProSkills, in collaboration with Concordia Libraries, the Student Success Centre and Health Services, organize Thesis Boost — a 3-day writing retreat for graduate students in the mid to late stage of writing their thesis. In this week's blog post, Lara Khattab, a Concordia PhD student in Political Science and a past Thesis Boost participant, will share with you four reasons why you might want to attend the event this summer. Read more
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