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MastersNet tools for getting the most out of your masters

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MastersNet tools for getting the most out of your masters

  1. 1. MastersNet tools for Graduate Students: Case Studies
  2. 2. Special NOTE: • These slides are designed as a bibliography of the tools available to doctoral students, powered by DoctoralNet • These slides include the urls needed to find the tools mentioned… HOWEVER • You must sign into the portal for your university (or main. If your university does not have a subscription) • Then add the end of the url for the tool you want after .com • All additional urls start with /
  3. 3. We never know what we don’t know – we uncover it slowly – and sometimes painfully Goal for today, to use the experience of those before you, so… • That you know of and can easily find the tools you need when you realize you need them • Have some fun imagining 3 very different Masters students Goal – to make Masters’ work easier
  4. 4. 1. Getting Started • What makes the difference between Masters & Undergrad? • Introducing our 3 cases 2. Progress Your Academic Writing 3. Improve Your Critical Thinking 4. Tools if you will do your own research 5. Work-Life Balance & Continuous Support Agenda as told through 3 case studies
  5. 5. What makes the difference between Masters & Undergrad?
  6. 6. • The ability to think critically… • To read and comprehend • To dissect and analyse • To build arguments and critically look at the arguments of others • The ability to write from that viewpoint… • Knowledge of and skill in academic writing • To develop your own ideas through writing • To build arguments based on your analysis and built on the foundation of previous literature • Knowledge of and maybe experience in research What makes the difference between Masters & Undergrad?
  7. 7. Getting Started… How to prepare for the end journey at the beginning Jonah’s story
  8. 8. Jonah is the kind of student that always wants to know where he is going so he can efficiently prepare. To him this ensures an easy endgame, as he is prepared if something unexpected comes up. He realizes as he starts his Masters that: • He doesn’t know enough about the final project, called a capstone thesis at his university • He hasn’t written anything in years and he is insecure about the quality of his assignments • He knows he will be expected to demonstrate his ability to think critically but he is not at all sure exactly what that entails
  9. 9. He doesn’t know enough about the final project, called a capstone thesis at his university Check out the map for Masters Students (aimed at research) /mastersnet/map-for-masters-students.html On Demand Video… Begin with the end in mind (for Masters)… (conducting a critical analysis of others’ final work) /begin-with-the-end-in-mind-for-masters.html 1 2
  10. 10. He hasn’t written anything in years and he is insecure about the quality of his assignments Review the basics • On Demand Video: Academic writing basics: /academic-writing-basics.html • Opt-In: 10 Day Writing Boost https://resources.doctoralnet.com/optins/opt-in-10-day-academic-writing- boost.html • Opt-In: Friday academic writing emails https://resources.doctoralnet.com/optins/opt-in-friday-academic-writing-emails.html • Many of you may have been signed up for these by your Deans
  11. 11. He knows he will be expected to demonstrate his ability to think critically but he is not at all sure exactly what that entails Boxed Set: Critical thinking, reading, writing, and analysis • https://resources.doctoralnet.com/boxed-sets/critical-reading-thinking-writing- analysis.html On Demand Videos /my-account/video-on-demand.html • Critical thinking : /critical-thinking.html
  12. 12. Sally Ann… Skill Progression
  13. 13. She knows that once you’ve mastered the basics you need to: 1. Build strength through employing the subtleties 2. Perfect through consistency She concentrates on her thinking, writing, and research
  14. 14. Academic writing… Tools.1 • Build strength through employing the subtleties • Upcoming Webinars: https://www.bigmarker.com/communities/doctoralnet/conferences • Boxed Set: Academic Writing – Tools and Concepts • https://resources.doctoralnet.com/boxed-sets/academic-writing-tools-to-get-it-done.html • On Demand Video: Academic writing subtleties /academic-writing-subtleties.html • On Demand video: Avoiding Unconscious Plagiarism /avoiding-unconscious-plagiarism.html
  15. 15. Academic writing… Tools.2 • Perfect through Consistency – Phases 2 & 3 • Masters 2.1 & 2.2 -Understanding Academic Writing /mastersnet/2-writing-masters-problem/2-1-academic-writing.html • Read about building writing habits /mastersnet/2-writing-masters-problem/2-3-writing-process-habits.html • Build your practice with the 30 Day writing challenge • https://resources.doctoralnet.com/optins/30-day-writing-challenge.html
  16. 16. Finally there is Timothy…
  17. 17. He just got the job he has always wanted. He is mostly done with his Masters research. He needs to: 1. Finish his Masters Thesis or Dissertation ASAP and easily 2. Manage his stress and work-life balance
  18. 18. Building your design • Automations © or Self Assessments • /self-asses-aspects-of-my-research-with-automations.html • Phase 1 /phase-1.html • /phase-1/1-3-bridging-topic-and-methods.html • On Demand videos /my-account/video-on-demand.html • /choosing-research-designs-methods.html • Boxed Set • https://resources.doctoralnet.com/boxed-sets/designing- research.html • Ongoing webinars: • https://www.bigmarker.com/communities/doctoralnet/confere nces
  19. 19. Writing about your research • For your final thesis or dissertation… /mastersnet/final-writing.html • Ongoing webinars: • https://www.bigmarker.com/communities/doctoralnet/confere nces • For publication – Phase 4 /phase-4/beginning-to-write.html
  20. 20. Work-Life Balance • Webinars at the start of each semester • https://www.bigmarker.com/communities/doctoralnet/conferences • Skills development showcase on control panel • /my-account/my-control-panel/358-resources/skills-development/planning- and-time-management/465-facing-down-the-doctoral-candidate-dragons.html • OnDemand Video: /my-account/video-on-demand.html • /work-life-balance-in-grad-school.html • 30 Day work-life balance challenge • https://resources.doctoralnet.com/optins/30-day-challenge-4-work-life- balance.html • General Motivation • On the app or your control panel – a showcase of support in motivational quotes and also highlighted videos 3
  21. 21. Continuous Support • Been at it too long? Join the lingerers for support • https://resources.doctoralnet.com/optins/opt-in-abds-or-those-moving-forward- with-theses.html • Or try this boxed set… • https://resources.doctoralnet.com/boxed-sets/for-abds-reengaging-and-getting- done.html • Feeling Isolated? 365 motivational emails • https://resources.doctoralnet.com/optins/365-phd-motivation.html • Need to translate grad school skills to employment skills? 2 boxed sets: cognitive skills and soft skills • https://resources.doctoralnet.com/boxed-sets/5-cognitive-skills-for-the-4th- industrial-revolution.html • https://resources.doctoralnet.com/boxed-sets/5-soft-skills-for-the-4th- industrial-revolution-the-attitudinal-ones.html
  22. 22. Remember… When you need help…
  23. 23. Go to your university.doctoralnet.com site • Search on keywords • Look under the masters menu for resources • Look under your account on the upper right for on-demand videos • Do the self assessments (for research) Go to the webinars and sign up for those you need so you’ll have the recordings Go to the Resources menu and • Sign up for opt-ins that look interesting • Sign up to receive boxed sets on the materials you need 1 2
  24. 24. Download the app Sign Up 4 the Webinars Take 30 minutes and explore your uni.doctoralnet.com site

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