Graduate Study Skills
Successful preparation for Qualifying Exams doesn’t only mean that you have done all the work; it also requires you to study smart and keep yourself organized. Organizing so much material can be overwhelming, but study aids like a Quals Matrix can help you keep track of the most important details, themes, etc. that appear as you move through reading lists. Here is an example of how you might use a Quals Matrix (hint: use different sheets for prioritizing different kinds of data!)
Don’t forget to use the Career Development Office in your job search! They have resources on their website and you can make appointments to help you prepare.
Our Research Library
The Center for Writing & Rhetoric features a fully functional library with over 600 volumes on writing in the disciplines, style, presentation, and graduate writing tasks like proposals and dissertations. CGU students are able to borrow books for 2-week periods.
To set up an account, just come to the Center and a staff member will be happy to help you become a library patron. You can also set up an account yourself by following the instructions here and registering with your CGU email address. All account requests will be reviewed by the CWR staff before access is granted. All library users must agree to the terms and conditions for borrowing and late fees.