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Graduate Peers' Schedules

Winter 2016
Peer Advisor Availability

Writing Peer
Kyle Crocco

Mon: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Tue: 10 a.m.-noon
Wed: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Thu: 10 a.m.-noon

Funding Peer
Stephanie Griffin
Mon: 10 a.m.-noon
Wed: noon-2 p.m.

Diversity Peer
Ana Romero

Mon: noon-2 p.m.
Wed: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

The peers sometimes hold events or attend meetings during their regular office hours. To assure you connect with your Graduate Peer Advisor, we encourage you to contact them by email and make an appointment.

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Wednesday
Jun242015

CLAS Offers Writing Support to Graduate Students

Are you looking for help with your papers, or just a quiet place to get work done?

Every Thursday evening, UCSB's Campus Learning Assistance Services (CLAS) provides a tranquil writing space exclusively for graduate students in the Student Resource Building, Rooms 3280 and 3282.

You can type away and avail yourself of the free coffee, tea, and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, as well as the free writing consultations from one of CLAS’s professional tutors. During a writing consultation, you will usually read parts of your paper aloud, letting your tutor help you identify any issues with flow, logic, and clarity. Writing consultations can also focus on outlining, getting started with writing, and techniques for improved editing. All disciplines are welcome.

Writing Space and Free Consultations

When: Every Thursday, 6-10 p.m.

Where: SRB 3280 and 3282

Who: All UCSB graduate students

Questions? Contact Jay Stemmle at jay.stemmle@sa.ucsb.edu.

 

Update (July 10, 2015): The CLAS graduate student writing space will be closed until further notice.  Writing consultations for graduate students will be available on a first-come-first-served basis from 6-10 p.m. next Thursday, July 16, via Skype at the user name CLASacademicskills.

Tuesday
Jun162015

Surveys and Pop Quizzes Made Easier with Google Forms

Google Forms logoEver wanted to give a survey, to take a quick poll, to have your students complete a pop quiz, or to collect info in an easy way? You can do all that and more for free with Google Forms.

It's easy. All the answers are automatically loaded to a Google Sheet (spreadsheet) in real time, and you can easily make charts from the data.

It's unlimited. Unlike Survey Monkey, you can survey, quiz, or poll an unlimited number of respondents at no charge.

It's advanced. It has features like page branching and question skip logic to make your surveys more useful.

Learn more about Google Forms with this quick video.

 

Monday
Jun152015

Make Life Easier with Add-ons and Extensions for Your Web Browser 


Ever wanted to download some file from your web browser but there was no button to download it? Consider using Add-ons or extensions with your web browser.

Some of the most useful Add-ons and extensions will allow you to block ads so you can watch YouTube without commercials, or you can download videos and photos with an extension like Video Downloader. They work in all browsers, such as Chrome, Firefox, and Safari.

Chrome

Find useful extensions in the Chrome Web Store. You can also check your Extensions if you click on Window in the top menu and then choose Extensions from the dropdown menu.

Currently featured Extension in the Chrome Web Store: AdKiller for Google Chrome.

Firefox

Get useful Add-ons here. You can also check or install Add-ons if you go to Tools in the top menu and then choose Add-ons from the dropdown menu.

Currently featured Add-on for Firefox: Save Text to File. It saves highlighted text to a file. Useful for research.

Safari

Peruse useful Extensions here. You can also check extensions by clicking on the Safari in the top menu and choosing Extensions from the dropdown menu.

Currently featured Extension: Awesome Screenshot. It allows you to capture, annotate, and share screenshots.

Sunday
Jun142015

Use Google Flights to Check for Low Fares

AirplaneCredit: openclipart.comIf you're looking for a way to find the lowest fares for travel this summer, try Google Flights. Google Flights allows you to research flights in a number of ways: destination, date, map, or graph.

Destination: Glance at a simple list of results after you fill in your search criteria. You can also get "fare alerts" about price changes if you save your search.

Date: Once you choose your airports, you can click on the calendar to find the days with the lowest fares to fly.

Map: Want to fly some place new? Use the map to explore the lowest fares in the U.S. and all across the world.

Graph: Worried about getting the best deal? Check the graph to see what the typical cost of a ticket is for that travel period. 

Sunday
Jun072015

Doodle Makes Scheduling Your Meetings Easier 

Doodle logoEver wanted to schedule a meeting with multiple busy people (like your committee members) and wished someone else could set it up so you could sit back and sip a mai tai?

Well, that's almost true if you use Doodle. This FREE online app makes setting your date with dissertation destiny easier than ever before.

Easy to Use

You can quickly sign up to Doodle with your Google or Facebook account, then create a list of possible meeting times. Let Doodle do the rest.

Easy to Understand

Doodle will send emails to all your recipients and email you back when they respond with the times they can meet, all plotted out in a handy little table for quick consultation. It's just that easy!

Now if there was only a free online application to complete your dissertation.

To learn more, watch this amazing video

For a list of features, read this.

Monday
Jun012015

Access Your Files Everywhere with Dropbox and Google Drive

Dropbox logoHave you ever needed a computer file but left it at home? If you have access to the Internet (and who doesn't), that is now a problem of your past, like prom and puberty. 

Cool cloud storage tools like Dropbox and Google Drive make your computer files handy from your phone, your tablet, or any device that has access to the Internet. You can also sync and share files.

  • Sync your computer files on multiple devices (computer, phone, and tablet) so changes to a document on your computer will show up on your phone.
  • Share your cloud storage files with your friends and family with an easy email invitation.

Best of all, both programs are FREE.

Dropbox

Google Drive LogoDropbox Basic gives 2 GB of free cloud storage. Learn more about Dropbox here.

Google Drive

Google Drive allows 15 GB of free cloud storage. Learn more about Google Drive here.

Friday
May292015

Get Creative this Summer with Free Photo Editing Software

Want to do some cool photo editing this summer, but don’t have any funds free to splurge on Photoshop? Try using GIMP software (aka GNU Image Manipulation Program) for all your photo manipulation needs. It not only has a cool and weird name, but it costs you nothing but the time to download.

With GIMP, you can do most of the same things you pay dearly to do with Photoshop, such as photo retouching, image composition, and image authoring.

Best of all, it works on all platforms: Macs, Windows, and Linux.

Download it today at http://www.gimp.org/ and thank me later.

Gimp software screen imageScreen image of GIMP software.

Thursday
May282015

Dissertation Formatting Tips and Tricks with Microsoft Word

Table of contentsFormat your table of contents. Credit: Hanna PeacockIf you've spent valuable time in your life trying to format your dissertation (or any paper for that matter), you probably want to kill somebody. Don't. Life in prison isn't worth it. Instead, take some tips from Hanna Peacock's Grad Hacker article on formatting your dissertation.

Hanna's Tricks and Tips

The "Insert Page" or "Section Breaks" features help with tedious tasks like page numbering, page orientation, and inserting figures.

Use "Styles" for your paper headings to help create your Table of Contents.

For more information on these tips and a few bonus formatting tricks, check out Hanna's article.

For more grad life tips, check out Grad Hacker.

Friday
May222015

Digital Reputation Workshop Recap: Resources to Help You Create an Online Presence

On Wednesday, May 20, Professional Development Peer Advisor Shawn Warner-Garcia gave a one-hour workshop for graduate students on building a digital reputation. She covered topics such as polishing your digital footprint, using social media tools to create a brand for yourself, and establishing your expertise through online interactions. Check out these slides for valuable information from the workshop!

Wednesday
May202015

Pink Noise Apps Can Help You Fall Asleep

Sleeping guyThis could be you after listening to a Pink noise generator. Credit: openclipart.comIf you’re in grad school, you’re probably no stranger to the bad night of sleep.

Whether it's due to stress from deadlines, mean advisors, variable schedules, or the odd night out on the town, you’ve probably stared at the dark ceiling of your room on more than one occasion thinking, "Shouldn’t there be some technological solution?"

Fortunately, my bleary eyed and short-tempered friends, there is one. It's called a pink noise generator.

No, this is not music by Pink. Pink noise is actually ambient noise, like the soothing sound of crashing waves or the wind sighing through the trees. Pink noise helps the brain relax, allowing you to revel in some well deserved sleep.

If you don't believe me, then read the Time magazine article on the subject one night while you are staring at the ceiling.

Better yet, check out these free and pay pink noise generator apps to get you back to your dreaming ways.

Lightning Bug (Android)

Sleep Fan (iTunes)

WhiteNoise (Android and iTunes)

Chroma Doze (Android)

For more ambient noise apps, check out this page.

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