- Attend classes, do assignments.
- Understand and balance the project triangle: resources, schedule, quality.
- Don't expect instant replies or unreasonable deadlines from professors.
- Go to seminars and guest lecturers that we recommend.
- Develop a learning plan with targets and update it regularly.
- Use the Microsoft basic suite (a necessary evil): Word, Excel, PowerPoint.
- If you have it, use Outlook on the university Exchange server.
- Learn and use the Office templates and tools:
- Word – use styles for headings, labels, table of contents, etc. Learn navigation. Learning how to add captions and do styles to help organize your paper.
- PowerPoint – use a template so that formatting is preserved and changeable, and decks can be shared and reused effectively.
- Understand and use your email accounts, including your uwaterloo.ca email.
- Employ proper Canadian email etiquette, including from/to/subject, greeting and signature lines.
- Use calendar invitations so that invitees can read them (Doodle is a decent alternative), and learn where rooms are and how to book them (especially 4222 and 4268).
- Use Dropbox and learn its many functions.
- Learn LEARN.
- Read a minimum of 2 academic papers per week
- Use Mendeley for references – it integrates with Word, builds groups and is available on-line.
- Become fluent in the uWaterloo library and PRIMO, and Google Scholar.
- Learn to use but not rely on Wikipedia.
- Identify your relevant literature (journals, authors, conference, etc.) and stay current.
- Read the sustainability "classics" – I have started a list on Mendeley.
- Keep a log of what you read, key points and quotes, and your insights – this requires a system and discipline.
- Develop and manage your on-line professional (LinkedIn.com) and academic personae (e.g., Academia.edu, Mendeley.com, SSRN.com, Google Scholar citations, uWaterloo.ca, etc.). This is a never-ending task, that needs to be done carefully, selectively and regularly.
- Tread lightly in your personal behavior and sustainability habits - reusable mug, public transit, etc.
- Perceptions are important: it is not acceptable to attend a meeting with a disposable cup in-hand.
- Read my blog www.sbyoung.com