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Blame is not a strategy for dealing with gun violence.

This op-ed doesn’t exactly qualify as a “tip” but it does incorporate the perspective and science of social psychology. So it still has relevance to students. As the latest shooting tragedy in America unfolds, I tiredly and resignedly wait for the ensuing conversations about how this could have...
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COMMUNICATING WITH A PROFESSOR

Students and professors differ in how they prefer to communicate with other people. One of my grad students–during her practicum–conducted a survey and found that if there was an emergency on campus, most students would prefer to receive an alert by text; most professors would prefer an alert...
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Grad School: Letters of Recommendation

You generally need at least 2 academic recommendation letters for your graduate school application. That means letters, not just from professors, but professors who are familiar with your academic work. ‘A’ students can generally find a letter writer among the professors with whom they’ve taken classes. But if...
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THINGS I WISH I KNEW AS A STUDENT

The behaviours of professors might seem peculiar and frightening at times, but they are largely understandable and easily managed. Although my advice may at times appear to be obvious, simplistic, or even stupid, for the most part, I was ignorant of them in my youth. I have many...
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