Grad Students: Tips on Writing

In a recent post, I mentioned speaking to my department’s graduate student organization, COGS (for which I am the advisor), about tips and tricks for having a productive summer. One of the topics they were particularly interested in is the writing process, which exceeds an exclusive focus on the summer. At the outset, everyone needs to understand that there is no magical formula for being a productive writer. I think the biggest things good writers have in common, however, are (a) that they have a game plan/methods that work for them and (b) that they view writing as a process rather than an event. With that in mind, here are some things that I find helpful in becoming a mildly productive writer (or, at least, pretending to be one). These notes were written for my UNT audience, so there are some specific references that won’t apply to others.  Continue reading “Grad Students: Tips on Writing”

Grad Students: Some Tips for Summer Productivity and Applying for Ph.D.’s

I was recently asked to speak to my department’s graduate student organization, COGS (for which I am the advisor), about thinking ahead to the summer. Basically, there were two main issues I was asked to address: thinking about Ph.D. programs (we’re a Masters-only program at UNT) and getting work (particularly writing) done over the summer. As a result, I came up with some general notes/ideas that I’d like to share with a wider audience. Some of these notes reference some UNT-specific things, but I think a lot of what I have to say is applicable to Masters students elsewhere. So here goes. Continue reading “Grad Students: Some Tips for Summer Productivity and Applying for Ph.D.’s”