More Than a ‘Summer Slump’: How the Loss of Structure Affects Academics – The Chronicle of Higher Education

“Professors invest time in students, committees, and teaching; students invest time in their assignments. Pushed to the side are research projects, dissertations, authorial goals, and, often, social lives.

That changes in the summer. The fixed schedule disappears, the community disperses, and the work that has been building up over the school year can loom dangerously close to deadline…It’s in that solitude that professors and students say they experience what some call a ‘summer slump,’ a period of isolation that can heighten symptoms of depression or anxiety for those susceptible to such disorders.”

Source: More Than a ‘Summer Slump’: How the Loss of Structure Affects Academics – The Chronicle of Higher Education

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Getting the Writing Mojo Back: How Not to Suck in Graduate School

“I would really like to have a full-on meltdown and declare commitment bankruptcy. Then start from scratch, only better. But overwhelming frustration is simply the nature of the job. Even the best planner gets overwhelmed. So, time to re-build the writing habit.”

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Hooked on your phone? Anderson Cooper can relate

“That phone in your pocket is like a slot machine. Every time you check it, you’re pulling the lever to see if you get a reward.

At least that’s how former Google product manager Tristan Harris sees it. This week on 60 Minutes, he tells correspondent Anderson Cooper that Silicon Valley programmers are engineering your phone and its apps to make you check them more and more.”

Impact of Social Sciences – 30 tips for successful academic research and writing

“Choosing something that you are passionately interested in to research is a great first step on the road to successful academic writing but it can be difficult to keep the momentum going. Deborah Lupton explains how old-fashioned whiteboards and online networking go hand-in-hand, and offers advice for when it is time to just ‘make a start’ or go for a bike ride.”

Source: Impact of Social Sciences – 30 tips for successful academic research and writing