Grad Skills

Resources to help improve your reading, writing, thinking, learning, and research skills.

General Writing Resources
Academic Writing
Adult Learning Resources

Here are some articles that previous participants in the program — especially those who have been out of the academic world for awhile — found helpful.  If you find other useful resources, please forward them to the instructor so they can be added to this site.

  • John Dunlosk et al., "What Works, What Doesn't," Scientific American Mind (September/October 2013): 47-53, Box.
  • Peter A. Facione, "Critical Thinking: What It Is and Why It Counts" (Insight Assessment, 2011), Box.
  • Deborah Knott, "Critical Reading towards Critical Writing" (Toronto: New College Writing Centre, 2001), Box.
  • Richard Paul and Linda Elder, The Miniature Guide to Critical Thinking Concepts and Tools (Tomales, CA: Foundation for Critical Thinking, 2006), Box.
  • David T. Moore, Critical Thinking and Intelligence Analysis, Occasional Paper 14 (Washington, DC: National Defense Intelligence College, March 2007), Box.
  • Fiona Patterson, "Provoking Students into Thinking," no. 1 (February 2007): 79-82, Box.
  • Learning Strategies Development, "Critical Reading for Graduate Students" (Kingston, Ontario: Queen's University, n.d.), Box.
  • Center for Writing, "Student Writing Support Quicktips" (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota , 2004), Box.
  • Miriam E. Sweeney, "How to Read for Grad School," Miriam E. Sweeney (blog), June 20, 2012,
  • Jeffrey M. Zacks and Rebecca Treiman, "Sorry, You Can’t Speed Read," New York Times, April 15, 2016,
Microsoft Word Refresher

How to Organize a Research Paper Series

Prewriting, Outlining, Revising, and Proofreading
Procrastination and Writer's Block
Resilience and Grit
Sources, Attribution, and Citations
Thinking Resources

Critical Thinking

Argument Mapping

Innovation and Problem Solving

Strategic Thinking


Writing Guidance by Assignment Type