This document is a compilation of tips, advice, information and FAQs emerging from the April 2015 Comps Prep workshop. The workshop was held in response to a needs assessment and issues identification exercise conducted by the Graduate Geography and Planning Student Society (GGAPSS) in 2014, which identified a need for more formalized departmental support for PhD students as they prepared for the Comprehensive Exam. The workshop was designed to help demystify the comps process through step-bystep explanations and advice provided by PhD students and faculty. As such, each aspect of the comps process (as outlined in this document’s Table of Contents) was thoroughly discussed at the workshop with panelists presenting general strategies and advice on each component from student and faculty perspectives.
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