Preparing for the GMAT/GRE

If you are feeling anxious or worried about beginning the journey to an MBA or PhD, you are not alone. In particular because the first step are the dreaded standardized exams. There are many of us out there who don't do well on standardized exams for a number of reasons. When I prepared to take …

How to Read an Academic Paper

If you are brand-new to research, you will soon discover that academic papers should come with an instruction manual to understand. The first time I read an article, I felt like I was going to cry! I could only understand one out of ten words. At some point, I decided to blame my dyslexia and English as a …

Day 42: Finding a Research Question

A few days ago, I talked about how to find a topic to study management. But the question that I should have been answering is: how do you find a research question? Coming up with questions is easy. Coming up with a GOOD research question - well, that is HARD. A good research question: Is falsifiable. Addresses …

Day 8: The Pomodoro Technique

Today was a day of meetings and errands. But I still need to get some writing done. Not just because crappy words on paper are better than no words at all. But because I have to send an update to my mentor tomorrow morning. In the past, I have taken days of meetings as permission …

Preparing to Lead a Seminar

It is very likely that at some point during your PhD coursework, you will have to lead a seminar. Professors usually let the senior students do it first so that the junior students can see them in action. In order to prepare to lead a seminar, you need to do the following: ONE: Read all …

Dyslexic Resources

This is where you will find my posts with resources for Dyslexic PhD Students. These are my Guides and Resources: Surviving your PhD with Dyslexia The Dyslexic Grad Student's Toolbox Preparing for the GMAT/GRE These are my post that discuss Dyslexia: The Irony of Writing for a Dyslexic Audience An Embarrassing  Dyslexic Moment How I Use …

What to Expect in a Doctoral Seminar

If you are anything like me, you are a professional who has been out of school for more than a few years. You might also be the first person in your family who went to college (not to mention getting a Master's degree or PhD). If so, there is little in our networks that will help …

Earning a PhD

The process of earning is a PhD varies from school to school. And from discipline to discipline. In a Business program, the process generally unfolds in three stages. In this post I will discuss what each stage entails, what faculty expect of you, and most importantly what YOUR agenda should be as a student and …

Welcome!

Hi there! Earning a PhD is hard work. No worries, though. There are a few things here that may be worth your while if you are a PhD student (or know of PhD students that could use some help). Last updated: January, 2017. Mentoring Network! Join a growing mentorship network - because I cannot handle all …

Productivity Tactics

It is so hard to stay on track when there is no structure: there is no one checking on my progress, I don't have any coursework, I don't even have to teach. I do want to graduate in time (and by that I mean within 5-6 years). So I constantly struggle to find ways to …

Always Up-to-Date: Learning Resources

This is my always up-to-date page of Learning Resources. As I navigate the PhD process, I will make sure to collect as many resources as I can. At the moment, I have collected resources for Statistics, Programming, and Writing. Last Updated: August, 2016. STATISTICS Learning the Basics Khan Academy: Probability & Statistics Khan Academy provides …

Productivity Tactic #3: Captain’s Log

I have often been told: "If you didn't write it down, it didn't happen." And I never wanted to listen. It just took too much time and effort to write things down. But when I started my PhD, I knew I would need some sort of way to make sure that I stayed on track. …

Productivity Tactic #2: Rescue Time

My computer is the source of all the things. It is both my place of work and entertainment. I connect with my family and friends and conduct meetings. I have all the papers that I am writing for my degree as well as a science fiction I have been working on. I learn by participating …

Productivity Tactic #1: Mailbox

A lot of my work takes place in a web browser. Unfortunately, that is where all my distractions happen too. In order to minimize distractions, I have been finding ways to move my work away from the web browser. Enter Mailbox for Mac. It was quite a quest to get a betacoin in order to …

Lego Calendar

I am having a hard time getting started today. So I decided to get warmed up by writing about how I like to stay organized. More specifically, how I organize my time. The LEGO Calendar Lego Calendar Awesomeness! Why It's AWESOME It is (in my own biased opinion) the best way to think about time. …