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E-Book for Surviving Graduate School

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“For too many students, graduate school looks like a game whose rulebook they’re not allowed to see: it’s different from college, but nobody tells you how. The practical advice in David Nguyen’s little book not only will help graduate students avoid some of the common pitfalls, but will help undergraduates prepare themselves for what their advanced studies will bring them.”

Steven Justice, Ph.D.
Professor of English, University of Mississippi
Professor of English, University of California, Berkeley

This Kindle E-book has been recommended by David H. Nguyen, Ph.D at University of California, Berkeley. In light of mental health issues surrounding graduate studies, this guidebook can be useful for any post-baccalaureate students. This could be a very important book for any first-year graduate or professional students in need of skills beyond “book knowledge” and test-taking.


  •   jschaub@uoregon.edu
    November 8th, 2013 at 5:31 pm    Reply

    Thank you for posting this article. I like the academic angle rather than the school-life -and perhaps work, balance approach.

  • I especially like two of the options… taking deep breaths and finding humor and laughter in the workplace.

  • Great stress reduction techniques. Thanks for an article with some weight to it (versus the usual Yahoo stuff!)

  • There are many great suggestions here… thanks!

  • Wonderful list. I especially like #8 and #23!

  • Sometimes I think breathing is at the heart of it all.

  •   Judith Montgomery
    November 13th, 2013 at 11:26 pm    Reply

    Deep breathing and laughter….my two favoites

  •   Traci Price
    November 23rd, 2013 at 11:59 pm    Reply

    How often we all forget to eat well…essential for grad school & life in general!

  •   Chelsea Peil
    November 24th, 2013 at 2:40 am    Reply

    Eat a rainbow! Great advice for a balanced diet. The mixology for success is healthy food, good friends, and regular laughter. Don’t forget, “nosce te ipsum”, know thy self.

  • Thanks for posting this- especially regarding managing good sleep hygiene- as a student- that is a really important aspect of health and brain functioning that I tend to overlook!

  •   Marti Newkirk
    November 24th, 2013 at 5:30 pm    Reply

    Healthy eating and adequate sleep are essential for a positive mental attitude. Do remember that grad school is an abnormal experience – the stimulation and stress of it. Relish it! Not everyone has the opportunity.

  • A good reminder that it’s easy (if not necessary) to cut some corners to survive in grad school, but try not to do it at the expense of your own health and well-being.
    Eating and sleeping well- vs. staying up all night reading -will serve you much better in the long run..

  • This is all very good advice even when you aren’t in grad school anymore. And lately I have been working on gratitude for the smallest blessings when I start feeling overwhelmed (sometimes small blessings are just FINE).

  • Thank you so much for providing a necessary final break during this final crazy week!!

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