5 Commonly Asked Questions About Being a PhD Student

Unless you grew up in an academic family, most people have no idea what being a PhD student is actually like. Academia may not be for everyone, but whether you are a high school student or a 4th year undergraduate, here are some things you may not have known about pursuing a PhD degree. Money.

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How to Prepare for Your Study/Work Abroad Trip

Going abroad to study and/or intern can be both exhilarating and nerve-wracking at the same time. Careful planning can help avoid last-minute stress, and allow you to swiftly ease into the new environment. Below is a list of considerations for planning ahead for your journey. Paperwork: Immigration documents: visa, and other related forms. To obtain

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How to Prepare for Academic Conferences

Following up on David’s great article on why you should attend conferences, I will be focusing on how to choose which conferences to attend and how to prepare for them. If you are hoping to go to a conference, first discuss with your supervisor about which ones they think are appropriate. If they give you

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Spaced Repetition: How To Remember What You Studied Even After Your Exam

Many of you have likely completed at least one exam for the new school year. Now, take a minute and ask yourself: how much of what you studied for that exam do you actually still remember? Like many of my classmates, I often felt that I forgot almost everything I studied after handing in my

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How to Avoid a Citation Headache

One of the most useful tools for academic research and writing papers is a reference manager. As a disclaimer, if you have not manually generated a bibliography, learn the fundamental principles of references before using an assistant tool. This concept is similar to how students should learn arithmetic before using a calculator. What is a

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Tips to Support a Friend through Hardship

In the midst of the winter semester– with its flurry of midterms to study for, papers to write, assignments to complete, extracurricular projects to execute, work commitments, and for graduating students, the additional pressure of interviews and applications– it can be easy for students to stumble, especially when overwhelmed by an acute stressor. For those

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I’ve Graduated – Now What?!

The time has come. The moment that once seemed so far off – that particular time in which you thought you would have all of your goals and priorities laid out and would know the exact direction to pursue for the rest of your life. College graduation. You’ve finished at least seventeen years of primary

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3 Simple Productivity Tips to Ace Midterm Season

When midterms arrive, many students make resolutions to ideally better themselves, whether that be academically or non-academically. One common goal is to be more productive, in both aspects. However, much like New Year’s resolutions, it is easy to fail in mere days or weeks, which is why it is important to be disciplined and persistent.

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How to Make the Most Out of Your Summer Research Position

Congratulations on acquiring an undergraduate summer research position! Paid or unpaid, this can be a great chance to explore what academic research is like and acquire skills both at the bench and beyond. In this article, I will primarily address how those in experimental life sciences can make the most of their summer; however, many

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Advice from 56 Paper Clips Co-Founder & Surrey’s Top 25 Under 25 Tobias Carryer

Recently, I had a chance to chat with Tobias Carryer, an ambitious high school student from South Surrey, BC and winner of Surrey’s Top 25 Under 25 award. With a vision of empowering teens and helping them discover opportunities, Tobias founded 56 Paper Clips. In our interview, he describes 56 Paper Clips’ initiatives and shares

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