Mental health and emotions are fraught topics in academics and hiring. Your mental state affects not only performance and grades, but also how people perceive you–fairly or not. It can seem like a trap when disclosing mental illness might help, but then people judge you based on it. Continue reading Express Yourself
Contrary to popular belief, learning calculus in high school does not predict whether or not a student will succeed in college calculus. “According to a study of more than 6,000 college freshmen at 133 colleges carried out by the Science Education Department of the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, led by Sadler, the Frances W. Wright Senior Lecturer on Astronomy, and by Sonnert, a Research Associate. What’s more important,” they say, “is mastering the prerequisites, algebra, geometry, and trigonometry—that lead to calculus.” Read more.
To all the grad students out there, you probably started entered summer with great expectations for turning your research into conference-worthy papers and posters, among other projects. Have you started yet? If not, don’t worry–you’re not alone. Inside Higher Ed proposes a strategy to get going. Read it here.
Being a professor can be hard and thankless, with a million tasks and projects to grade, not to mention paperwork out the wazoo. One professor writes in the Chronicle of Higher Education about a way to stay sane through it all: a Be Kind Portfolio. Fill it with reminders of all the good you’ve done throughout your academic career. Read more here.