Ever get that feeling that you have so many things on your to-do list that you can’t do well at any one of them? Grad school is riddled with these moments and, darn it, they are frustrating! Today alone you are probably juggling a host of demands and to-dos: read a book for seminar, review... Continue Reading →
Surviving Grad School: How to Read and Take Notes Efficiently
When I googled how to survive a graduate seminar, I found a zillion different websites with a zillion different opinions. I realized that I could spend my entire graduate career reading tips on how to survive graduate seminars and graduate school more broadly. And there would still be more to read out there! But here’s... Continue Reading →
Book Notes Template
Chicago Manual Style Citation for the Book or Article, for example: Leslie J. Reagan, Dangerous Pregnancies: Mothers, Disabilities, and Abortion in Modern America (Berkley: University of California Press, 2010). Book’s Thesis: (include page number where it is stated) Sources: Research Question: (include page number where it is stated) Methodology: Historiographical Intervention: (include page number where... Continue Reading →
Getting along in Grad School: Navigating Friendships (or, Yes, you have to be happy for people)
By Sarah King & Tiffany Baugh-Helton As part of our sub-series “Getting along in Grad School,” today we’re looking at how to sustain friendships as a grad student. Look for forthcoming articles in this series, “Getting Involved as a New Grad Student,” and “Creating a Cohort.” Graduate school offers a rare opportunity to forge friendships... Continue Reading →
The Shy Guide to Speaking Up: Grad Seminar Edition
There is no need to panic if you find speaking up in graduate seminars difficult. Like anything else, public speaking is a skill that you can develop. Here are some approaches that you might find useful...
Staying Physically Healthy in Graduate School
Taking care of your body is one of the most crucial aspects of graduate school. Here are some tips that can help you take back some control over your body during periods of peak stress and help ensure good physical health.
Saving Money for Research and Conference Trips
Featured Image: Photo by Sabine Peters on Unsplash Graduate. School. Is. Expensive. Even if you have a position as a teaching assistant… Even if you receive grants and fellowships… Even if you only buy used books full of very excessive and unhelpful underlining from the previous reader… Graduate. School. Is. Expensive. Building a diverse resume as a graduate... Continue Reading →
A University Press Wants to Publish my Dissertation!: How to Negotiate the Book Contract
This piece explores important "dos" and "don'ts" for scholars on the cusp of signing with an editor for their first book.
My Dissertation is Done! Now What?: How to Get a University Press Interested in your Book Project
This piece breaks down the steps recent PhDs should take to find the right academic press for their first book, including important "dos" and "don'ts."
You Have To Write How Much?: Writing a Doctoral Dissertation
One of the hardest and most intimidating things you’ll do on your way to earning a PhD in history is write a dissertation. Sitting in front of a blank computer screen can feel overwhelming when you consider the size of the task in front of you, and without an idea of how to proceed, it... Continue Reading →