GSO Breakout Sessions
You will find materials from the GSO breakout sessions that have been offered in previous years below. Below are the abstracts for all 2019 GSO Breakout Sessions. Updated presentation materials from Fall 2019 sessions will be posted by the first day of Fall 2019 classes. Review more resources about health and wellness in Kent and the surrounding area by reviewing our health resources list.
Avoiding Burnout: Ashley and Phaedra’s Declassified Grad School Survival Guide
This session will focus on the importance of mindfulness, self-assessment of stressors, and the introduction of self-care mechanisms. Through this session, we are striving for establishing a healthy balance between academic and personal responsibilities. Students will be provided with useful resources, both on- and off-campus, and they will have the opportunity to participate in stress-relieving exercises.
Avoiding Burnout Narrated Powerpoint Presentation on YouTube from 2019
Avoiding Burnout Presentation (PDF) from 2019
Avoiding Burnout Handout (PDF) from 2019
Avoiding Burnout Six Dimensions Fact Sheet (PDF) from 2019
This session provides incoming graduate students the opportunity to design their own Blackboard page. Within this interactive workshop, GSO leaders will demonstrate how to populate blackboard courses, including how to create assignments, exams, discussion boards, announcements, and more. Students are encouraged to bring their own laptop if they would like to follow along.
For graduate students with the responsibility of being a TA or instructor, it is essential to be familiar with Blackboard-- particularly the grading aspect. In this session, the leaders will demonstrate how to grade a variety of assessments within Blackboard: tests/exams, discussion boards, and assignments. The leaders will also illustrate how to customize the Grade Center to best suit your instructional needs and grading scheme.
Communicating in the Academy
Communication is the act of transferring information from one place, person, or group to another. We communicate verbally, non-verbally, in writing, etc. and academia is one place where effective communication entails more than exchanging information; in graduate school, we should understand the emotions and intentions behind the information. In this breakout session, we discuss ways to effectively communicate with many people and entities in academia so that you feel confident in your abilities and in your role(s) as a member of the Kent State community.
Here, we continue the conversation started during the general presentation. In this interactive session, we discuss navigation of complex situations and interaction in academia, and possible ways of addressing them effectively.
Conferences & Publications
In this session, we will have a conversation on conferences and publications, and demystify the process behind them. As well as discussing the 'to dos' and potential roadblocks, we will talk about available resources that can be helpful along the way. Let's talk!
First Time Teaching Assistant
This session will focus on common pedagogical concerns of new TA’s, including classroom management, lesson planning, classroom presence, and lesson preparation. In addition, participants will discuss logistical concerns, such as where to locate teaching materials or technical support. Any questions or concerns about first-time teaching are encouraged.
Grad School 101: Controlling the Controllables
Starting graduate school can be a daunting experience as one might not be fully aware of what to expect. This session aims at providing graduate students with important guidelines and tips that help them succeed and make the most out of their graduate school experience.
Grading & Syllabus
This session provides strategies and available technologies for grading and evaluating student work, dealing with grade disputes, and countering plagiarism. Additionally, this session will go over the components of creating a syllabus. Attendees will be provided with valuable information about university policies, important dates, and resources.
A Happy Struggle: Balancing Family and Graduate School
The responsibilities of being a spouse and or parent can easily hinder progress in graduate school. However, management of these responsibilities can help one perform their duties with little stress. In this panel discussion, we will take questions and offer strategies and resources to help graduate students maintain their family lives in ways that complement the graduate-school experience.
Happy Struggle Presentation (PDF) from 2019
At the Leader Lounge, students can drop in with any questions they have as they transition to graduate study at Kent State or they simply may come to have a conversation with their fellow graduate students while enjoying a stress-free atmosphere and some delicious refreshments.
Room of Requirement Presentation (PDF) from 2019
Love Don’t Cost a Thing… But Research and Conferences Do: GSS is Here for You!
GSS stands for Graduate Student Senate: a graduate student-led organization that seeks to improve graduate student life and research. Within this session, we will explain what GSS can do for you—ranging from awards, presenting research at our symposium, and how you can become more involved in the graduate student body.
Managing your Finances on a Grad-school Income
Graduate school may present financial challenges. A lack of financial preparedness can lead to stress and financial setbacks. This session will discuss personal finance, budgeting, financial setbacks and opportunities.
Managing your Finances Narrated Powerpoint Presentation on YouTube from 2019
Managing your Finances Presentation (PDF) from 2019
Budget Template (Excel) from 2019
Financial Resources for Graduate Students Handout (PDF) from 2018
Principles of Effective Teaching
This session outlines the fundamental principles of effective teaching, which include, preparing for the course, presentation of course content, and interacting and engaging with students. This session will also discuss tips and strategies for effective teaching, as well as provide graduate students with the necessary literature and university resources to aid in the development of one’s own teaching practice.
Teaching Assistant (TA) in a Science Lab
Laboratory courses are meant to provide a hands-on, engaging experience for students. Because of the nature of these courses, science lab TAs must prepare for teaching in ways that are different from other disciplines. In this session, our primary goal will be to provide attendees with actionable advice that they will be able to use for planning and executing their first laboratory class-session. To do this, we will provide an interactive overview about designing appropriate presentations, overseeing laboratory activities/experiments, and evaluating students’ understanding.