Christine Hsieh

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Writing Tutor: What to Do When You Can't Get Started

Posted by Christine Hsieh on 7/28/14 10:57 AM

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Tags: expository writing

Academic Tutor: How do you make work more like play again?

Posted by Christine Hsieh on 7/2/14 8:59 AM

 
So maybe this isn't a typical day at the office, but you get the idea...

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Career Advice: Full Speed Ahead!

Posted by Christine Hsieh on 6/6/14 10:15 AM

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Tags: career advice

Academic Tutor: From Physics Major to People Major

Posted by Christine Hsieh on 5/14/14 10:13 AM

Choosing a college major shouldn't be a Solomonic decision. But sometimes...

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Careers: The Fruit of the Schmooze

Posted by Christine Hsieh on 4/28/14 9:59 AM


In my previous post I talked about networking, the professional socializing so often dreaded by introverts.  To further illustrate how natural and even potentially pleasant networking can be, this week I am offering real life examples of how it brought me success.  I’ll first provide a little context: when I am not working as an academic tutor, mentoring, or writing, I am off trying to build a company to make people healthier.  These vignettes draw from my experiences with that endeavor.

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Tags: admissions coaching, MBA admissions

Careers: 3 Tips to Help Introverts Stay Sane While Networking

Posted by Christine Hsieh on 4/4/14 10:18 AM

 

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The Writing Tutor: How to Write Like You're Going on Vacation

Posted by Christine Hsieh on 3/10/14 8:47 AM

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Tags: English, expository writing

PhD Perspective: Structure from an Academic Tutor

Posted by Christine Hsieh on 2/10/14 8:26 AM

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Tags: graduate school

Academic Tutor: Learning in the Scary, Scary Real World

Posted by Christine Hsieh on 1/15/14 8:19 AM

 
One of the most jarring moments for any college graduate is the day she is thrust out of the comfortable academic environment she has dwelt in for the last 20 years, and suddenly realizes that in the job market, none of the same rules apply.  Today, we present some considered advice on how to prepare for that moment--and not let it derail you one bit.

Being academically successful is, arguably, something we can hone to near-perfection during our tenure in school.  After all, most of us are practicing it for almost two decades of our lives.  We humans are also very good at figuring things out and bettering ourselves when influenced by the right incentives; if you scour the science of learning online, you’ll find out how quickly we respond and adapt to stinging punishments or enticing rewards (yes, even us humans, especially if we are enticed with money).  In school, these incentives take the form of teachers whose wrath we don’t want to feel, letters and numbers in red pen we do or don’t want to see at the top of our returned papers, and leaderboards full of our and our peers’ scores.  We eventually functionalize and operationalize our methods down to an exact science to deftly dispose of syllabus assignments and exams.  We “get” how to do school.  Some of us may do this better than others (of whom the generous become college academic tutors), but nonetheless most of us inevitably improve.  Then, we are finally released into the real world to unleash all our skills and ability.

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Tags: study skills, graduate school