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.
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 […]
Download as PDF Increasingly, PhDs are planned, and project managed. Certainly in Australia anyway. So, what is the ideal PhD plan? I’m not entirely sure, but here is my stab at it.
Download as PDF The last few blogs have focused on measuring your success, and then reporting your success. Here, I’m looking at some measures and why you might want to focus on them.
Download as PDF My PhD supervisor was very supportive of conference attendance. She funded all of her students to attend conferences every single year.
Previously I wrote about measuring your success. And the next obvious step after measuring is to report (or at the very least note down or record). Hopefully, you have spent a little bit of time – not heaps, but not none – investigating what success means to you, and how you can measure it.
There are lots of ways to measure academic success: Publications Presentations Supervision Grants Patents