Thursday, May 19, 2011

The cure for procrastinating grad students?

Been stalling on your thesis? Another day passes and you can't get off reddit long enough to dig in to that source thats been sitting on your desk for a week?

Well, the University of Chicago (who else?) has come up with a clever way to motivate its grad students. ITs called the "write-in" and it works like this: You pay them $50 and you get a space to work, coffee snacks and lunch for a week. At then end of the week if you have shown up everyday and have gotten some real work done (how they measure that I don't know) you get your 50 bucks back!

I wish my old school had a program like this. Imagine the $50-a-pop college party at the end of a productive week!

H/T: The Nudge Blog