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Grad School Essentials: A Crash Course in Scholarly Skills

4.40  ·  Rating details ·  122 ratings  ·  13 reviews
What’s the hardest part of grad school? It’s not simply that the workload is heavy and the demands are high. It’s that too many students lack efficient methods to let them do their best. Professor Zachary Shore aims to change this. With humorous, lively prose, Professor Shore teaches you to master the five most crucial skills you need to succeed: how to read, write, speak, ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published January 5th 2016 by University of California Press (first published January 1st 2016)
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Nathan Gilliatt
Jun 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I read this mostly to evaluate it for my future college student, and once again I find myself looking around for a time machine to send it back to my high school or college self. This is a short book with relatively simple methods for fundamental skills for college and grad school. It's an easy and friendly read, and the methods—for reading, writing, speaking, researching, and acting like a successful student—aren't demanding to understand.

That's a good thing; simple methods leave plenty of ment
Matt Fay
Jun 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a great little book. Just to provide a little background... I have two master’s degrees and am working on a PhD, but for most of my life I was a terrible student. Despite maintaining a high GPA throughout my graduate studies, I’ve dealt with frequent bouts of anxiety about whether I’m really even getting the basics right (exacerbating the impostor syndrome that so many grad students deal with). It turns out there’s a bunch of stuff I’m doing right, a few things I’m doing wrong, and a who ...more
Feb 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Powerful advice for anyone who reads, writes, and researches, all delivered with chatty charm. I wish I’d read this in high school, then again every year since. I’m especially grateful for Shore’s advice on reading nonfiction texts efficiently. He’s made me much more effective. I’d recommend (no, give) this book to anyone who searches for new truths through research.
Aug 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An insider's how to/reference book that can be applied to any level of post-secondary education. Teh author addresses how to:
act, and
within an academic setting. There is good, actionable advice in all aspects. There are lots of "I wish I'd known this when I was in school" moments if you haven't had training in how to study.
Valencia W
Aug 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Helpful for those entering graduate school

I found this book to be very helpful for those not knowing what to expect from grad school from either too many varying accounts or accounts that are overly simplified. This book was cleanly constructed and pinpointed specifics that one can refer to throughout their studies.
Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good, detailed book.

This book is an excellent introduction to the tips and techniques utilized by the efficient graduate student, and is designed to shape every grad student into effective academics.
Arielle B
Jan 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed how easy it was to read and it did offer some good tips for general success in grad school. However, much of the book did not apply to my field of study (my fault, can't fault the book for that). ...more
Feb 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Excellenf primer on the big important skills. Wish I'd read it as an undergrad! ...more
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Ready to graduate now
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A must read.
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Excellent and to the point.
Lisa Ann Robertson
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I recommend this easy to read, immensely practical guidebook to any advanced undergraduate considering graduate school, all MA students, and all PhD. So very useful!
Mar 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Really nice. Short, to the point, funny, and practical. Not just useful for people in grad school etc., but for undergrads too. Something I will be looking back to.
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Zachary Shore is Associate Professor of National Security Affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School, and a Senior Fellow at the Institute of European Studies, University of California, Berkeley. He previously served on the Policy Planning Staff at the U.S. Department of State through an International Affairs Fellowship from the Council on Foreign Relations. He has also worked as a National Security ...more

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“you must train yourself to read for thesis, not just content. In some undergraduate courses, and in most graduate ones, you will be quickly overwhelmed by the amount of reading. If you try to read every word of every book assigned, you will drown. You will not sleep. You will not eat. Instead, you will become one of the many Book Zombies—gaunt, sullen figures who haunt their department hallways. They appear as apparitions, weighed down by the mass of books loaded in their backpacks, creeping from class to class, unable to articulate a coherent thought.” 0 likes
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