Archive for April, 2013

Cell Phones in the Classroom: What’s Your Policy?

Nice concern from: Faculty Focus

Research has indicated that student performance is significantly correlated with cell phone use. A study by Duncan, Hoekstra, and Wilcox (2012) demonstrated that students who reported regular cell phone use in class showed an average negative grade difference of 0.36 ± 0.08 on a four-point scale. Students also underestimated the number of times they accessed their phones while in class. While students reported an average access rate of three times per class period, observation data showed the rate was closer to seven times per period. An interesting finding is that other students are distracted when students text in class (Tindell and Bohlander, 2012). So while a student may claim he’s only hurting himself when texting, studies show that others are affected also.

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9 things you should consider before embarking on a PhD

Share with our students who are interested in a graduate program.

Major points from the article:
1. Actively seek out information about PhD programs
2. A PhD program is not simply a continuation of your undergraduate program.
3. Take a break between your undergraduate education and a PhD program.
4. Your current area of study does not dictate what you have to study in graduate school.
5. Make sure the PhD program has a variety of research options, and learn about as many research groups as possible in your first year.
6. Location is more important than you think — but name recognition is not.
7. Those time management skills you developed in college? Develop them further.
8. Expect to learn research skills on the fly – or take advantage of the training your department or career center offers.
9. There are no real breaks.

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Share: 26 Time Management Hacks I Wish I’d Known at 20

Life learning lessons: 26 Time Management Hacks I Wish I’d Known at 20 from Etienne Garbugli @egarbugli

1. There’s always time. Time is priorities.
2. Days always fill up.
“Only plan for 4-5 hours of real work per day.” – David Heinemeier Hansson, 37 Signals
3. Work more when you’re in the zone. Relax when you’re not.
“It’s normal to have days where you just can’t work and days where you’ll work 12 hours straight.” – Alain Paquin, Whatsnexx
4. Respect your time and make it respected.
“Your time is $1000/hour, and you need to act accordingly.” – Jason Cohen, @asmartbear
5. Stop multi-tasking. It merely kills your focus.
6. Set up a work routine and stick to it. Your body will adapt.
7. We’re always more focused and productive with limited time.
8. Work is the best way to get working. Start with short tasks to get the ball rolling.
9. Work iteratively. Expectations to do things perfectly are stifling.
“Doing is better than perfect.” – Facebook company motto
10. More work hours doesn’t mean more productivity. Use constraints as opportunities.
11. Separate brainless and strategic tasks to become more productive.
“Separate thinking and execution to execute faster and think better.” – Sol Tanguay, Imarklab
12. Organize meetings early during the day. Time leading up to an event is often wasted.
13. Group meetings and communication (email or phone) to create blockes of uninterrupted work.
“A single meeting can blow a whole afternoon, by breaking it into two pieces each too small to do anything hard in.” – Paul Graham, YCombinator
14. Keep the same context throughout the day. Switching between projects / clients is unproductive.
15. Work around procrastination. Procrastinate between intense sprints of work (Pomodoro).
16. “Break the unreasonable down into little reasonable chunks. A big goal is only achieved when every little thing that you do everyday, gets you closer to that goal.” – Maren Kate, Escaping the 9 to 5
17. No 2 tasks ever hold the same importance. Always prioritize. Be really careful with to-do lists…
18. Always know the one thing you really need to get done during the day.
“Only ever work on the thing that will have the biggest impact.” – Jason Cohen, @asmartbear
19. Break tasks into hour increments. Long tasks are hard to get into; feels like it all needs to get done.
20. Delegate and learn to make use of other people.
“If something can be done 80% as well by someone else, delegate!” – John C. Maxwell, Author
21. Turn the page on yesterday. Only ever think about today and tomorrow.
“Yesterday’s home runs don’t win today’s games.” – Babe Ruth, Hall of Fame Baseball player
22. Set deadlines for everything. Don’t let tasks go on indefinitely.
23. Set end dates for intense or stressful activities. Everything ends at some point.
24. Always take notes.
“Get a reminder app for everything. Do not trust your own brain for your memory.” – Julien Smith, Author
25. “Write down anything that distracts you – google searches, random thoughts, new ideas, whatever. The point is, if you write them down, they’ll stop bubbling up when you’re in the zone.” – Steven Corona, Twitpic
26. Take breaks. Sometimes.

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