Good Practices

Alarm clock on a book
"Wecker auf einem Buch" by Marco Verch | CC BY 2.0
Successfully finishing your graduate degree is more than just coursework and writing a dissertation or thesis. There are also specific timelines for applying for graduation or submitting the forms along the way. Read on to see if you are on track.
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Navigating Graduate School
balloons
"Balloons" by Stephanie Riddell | CC BY 2.0
As the semester winds down, it's a great time to reflect on the last semester and celebrate your successes and achievements. So we thought we would share some of our achievements from the Office of Graduate Studies and from graduate students across the university.
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Grad Life
keyboard with copy and paste keys
"copy paste" by Esther Vargas | CC BY-NC-SA 2.0
A key part of behaving ethically and responsibly is ensuring that you cite and reference when you use the work of others in your own work. Learn more about what plagiarism is and how to avoid it. The UNL Libraries provide resources to help.
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Academic Integrity
Good Practices
defense walls
"Óbidos Castle Walls" by Felipe | CC BY-NC-SA 2.0
A thesis or dissertation defense can be intimidating, but careful preparation will help you successfully pass your defense.
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Navigating Graduate School
Good Practices
support beams
"High Rise Train Tracks" by Brave Heartl | CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
Strong support networks are essential to being successful in graduate school. Don't hesitate to look for support from your friends and family, your faculty members, your peers, and university staff.
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Grad Life
colorful people holding hands
"all together now, scott richard" by torbakhopper | CC BY-ND 2.0
Joining campus groups is not just for undergraduates. Campus groups can help you professionally and help you find those with common interests or who share your cultural background.
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Grad Life
Good Practices
soccer goals
"Soccer Field, Kelly Park West" by Rusty Clark ~ 100K Photos | CC BY 2.0
Your course objectives indicate the focus on the course and what students will learn. Strong learning-centered objectives can help direct the activities you do in class, the assessments you give, and ultimately what your students get out of the class.
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Teaching
Good Practices
trees reflected on water
"Three Trees" by Michael Eickelmann | CC BY-NC 2.0
The end of a semester is a great time to look back on your successes and areas for improvement. For TAs, this reflection should also focus on your teaching and any potential changes you want to make the next time you teach.
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Teaching
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bookshelves and binders
"Filed Under "Folders"" by Domiriel | CC BY-NC 2.0)
Effective organization is essential to managing your many responsibilities as a graduate student. Learn how to leverage some of the strategies and resources already available to you to better manage these responsibilities and tasks.
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Small vegetable garden
"Creative Rooftop" by Melinda Stuart | CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
A positive classroom culture helps all students to be successful in your classroom. For TAs and instructors, this means considering the classroom power differential and how you interact with students both inside and outside of the classroom.
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Teaching
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Ethics

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