New Grad Student Resources
Everyone has those moments where we wish we could go back in time and tell our past selves 3 things that we wish we knew. Picture these resources as the timey-whimey, Holly-Hindsight collection that we all wish we had at year one.
The School of Graduate Studies has many, many documents that you should become familiar with to navigate your graduate studies journey. Take some time to become familiar with this site and its contents - and you can always chat with them if you have any questions. Here are a couple that you should take a peak at right now if you haven't already:
New Student Checklist
Trust us. You need a system.
Organizing all the information that makes up a thesis can be daunting. Having a system to keep track of resources, citation, 2AM shower thoughts and how much time you have to work on everything a day is a must. Here are some tools and resources that can help:
Gabe Tippery was once a first year grad student. He put together a very thorough blog post on how to navigate writing a thesis. His method may not work for you, all of his tools may not work for you. The point of his documentation is not to adopt it exactly, but more to take what you need and leave the rest. If you're unsure where to start, this is a good place to poke around in.
Has it been a while since you took Writing 1000? Need a refresher on academic writing? This book is an easy read, and doesn't bore with endless pages of grammar. This is not a citation reference. The Purdue Online Writing Lab is one of the best resources around for citation how-to's, along with our own Uleth Library.
Writing down author names, quotes and links to articles on post-its may seem like a good idea at the time...but when it comes to compiling all of that into a readable thesis at the end of your journey, you will be regretting your life choices. Some of the most popular ones include Mendeley, EndNote, and Zotero. Use a citation manager for a short while (as in a couple days at most), and see if you like it. If it doesn't fit your groove, choose another. If none of them do, pick the least objectionable.
Hacking the Thesis has some really good ideas on where to start with time management, such as using a calendar and the GTD method by David Allen. The biggest takeaway point is to find a method that works for you and to stick with it. If you need more ideas on how get disciplined, check out the /r/getdisciplined subreddit.
Tools for Time Management
Health and Wellness
We're grad students. We know how to work. Sometimes we struggle shutting that off and taking care of ourselves. It's important to get outside the office, get some fresh air, and do something to relax that hardworking brain of yours.