Download as PDF I don’t think it’ll be news to you that I like social media, and I think it is VERY useful for academics. Not just for working with other academics, but to engage future students and share findings with a broader audience.
Download as PDF Here are 8 different things you could try, together or separately, to improve your time management, and thus your productivity.
This post is inspired by episode 695 of This American Life (everyone's a critic).
Download as PDF This is (essentially) James Clear's take on building habits. And I'll try to put context into it in terms of reading - for learning or leisure.
Download as PDF I did a traditional thesis. But I have since coached/helped many PhD students do both thesis by publication and traditional. My advice - Do it! For most (Australian) universities this is so much better. But there are some things to note (good and bad):
Download as PDF This question really doesn't have a straight answer. PhDs are not easy. They are not intended or designed to be easy. But there are probably things you can do to make the whole process easier.
There's a difference between, "it is hard", and "it is killing me". So much of what people tell you when you sign up to do a PhD - from within and without academia - is that "you'll hate it". Or "you won't enjoy it". Or "PhDs are meant to suck".
I’ve long held the belief that a PhD is the longest continuous single project one person will work on in their life. When combined with your undergraduate degree it is longer than primary school, or high school – with no term breaks. And few an (unlucky) few of you, your PhD will be/is longer […]
I’m in my forth decade of life. Beyond the impact of COVID, things that were easy in my 20s and 30s are now getting difficult.
From a mental health perspective, the last 5 years have been some of the worst of my life. I’ve tried lots of things to make improvements, including diet, exercise, counselling, therapy, and medication.