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Stalled in the Writing?

The problem may be that you are approaching your project from the outside in, rather than from the inside out.
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Bad Reactions to Bad Reactions

A lab instructor explores ways to deal with students’ frustration, and her own, when experiments "fail."
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Writing a Book Proposal

Done well, your book proposal may not only bring you a contract, it may also sharpen your work.
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'Dear Forums ...': My Student Won't Leave Me Alone. Help!

Also in our weekly roundup of the best conversations from The Chronicle's discussion forums: thoughts on switching departments, right-of-first-refusal clauses, embargoed dissertations, and veering off on tangents in class.
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Should I Apply Again?

It turns out some academics do ask questions that can be resolved with short answers.