Wrote this for MPSA – Will be posting my notes and recording on Gradventure very soon.
An example of the author’s mind mapping technique (click to expand).
There comes a time in every PhD student’s career where they have to sit through the dreaded qualifying exams (or “comps” as they are often called). The structure of the exam changes from department to department, but the essence of the process and purpose remains the same; test the knowledge and capacity of the candidate to see if they qualify to be a peer rather than a student.
Having recently taken my comps (and hopefully having passed them), I realized a number of things that I wish someone had told me earlier. There were techniques that my colleagues and I used which were helpful and unique in their own right that could be of benefit to others. Here are three approaches, and tips from the process, that might be helpful to those of you taking your comps soon:
I am proud to announce that #Adnanventure is back again and this time around it is Pittsburgh. As I write this, I am waiting on the airport for my flight to Pittsburgh. This #Adnanventure is slightly different from others as this time around I will be attending work events most of the time and will be bring you the awesome experiences I have. As this is an election year, Adnanventure 3 will be heavy on political news and events. But as always, I will be trying to explore as much of the city as I can.
So far these are the places I have been told to definitely visit –
Andy Warhol Museum
I would love to get more suggestions. Leave them in the comments section
As fall rolls in, the US primary season is in full swing. And while the general elections are still at least 14 months out (November 2016 to be exact), the political games are already in full swing. The Super PACs (Political Action Committees) are up and running, campaign adverts are on TV and candidates are doing their best to convince their financiers to back them in what seems to be a long and hard battle to the nomination and eventually to the general elections. Continue reading The Primary Spin – Super PAC Sweepstakes
So the ‘we are all economists’ season begins with the presentation of the annual budget. The budget is a decent policy document clearly in line with the World Bank and IMF regulations. Senator Dar has done a great job of packaging it in to something that could be sold politically. But as a I mentioned in my last post, focus on economics is great but there is a lot more that we need to be focusing on too i.e. the social issues. Continue reading Looking beyond Economics: Why Pakistan needs to focus on Social Issues more
I have always enjoyed teaching but after this semester I know this is what I want to do for rest of my life. Having taught in 3 different ountries, this is the first semester I was teaching at a large state university in the US with a class size of over 65. 85 students to be exact. I thought I share the top 5 lessons I have learned from this experience as I want to start a conversation on the best practices so teachers can contribute and learn from it. So as a start, I am sharing my lessons. Continue reading 5 Lessons from Teaching Undergrads