Planning Your (Ideal) PhD

Planning Your (Ideal) PhD

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.

Five Conferences You Should Be Attending During Your PhD and Why

Five Conferences You Should Be Attending During Your PhD and Why

My PhD supervisor was very supportive of conference attendance. She funded all of her students to attend conferences every single year.

Becoming a Successful Researcher in 4 Easy Steps…

Becoming a Successful Researcher in 4 Easy Steps…

This post is inspired by a video I watched on the University of Technology Sydney website. In that video, Professor Andrew Barron talks about how planning, and then referring back to the plan resulted in a huge uptick in his research outputs (publications) in the next 2 years. And that continued […]

Mistakes People Make Writing Their Thesis

Mistakes People Make Writing Their Thesis

Some of the most common mistakes I see people make when it comes to writing their thesis.

Writing a Better Thesis, Dissertation or Journal Article

Writing a Better Thesis, Dissertation or Journal Article

"It is your job to prevent people from reading your article in stupid ways"   I love that quote from Belcher (Writing your Journal Article in 12 Weeks, p. 363).

A Better Way to Read Journal Articles

A Better Way to Read Journal Articles

If you want to be a successful researcher, you'll need to read and cite lots of journal articles.

Twelve Questions to Consider When Changing PhD Topic

Twelve Questions to Consider When Changing PhD Topic

Should I change my PhD topic? I'm sure many of you have asked yourself that question.

Eleven Things I’ve Learned About Running Writing Groups

Eleven Things I’ve Learned About Running Writing Groups

Over the last 6 months I’ve been running 3 writing groups focused on social media, thesis, and journal article writing. Here’s what I’ve learned:

Simplifying Research Project Management

Simplifying Research Project Management

Project management is too complex, and therefore project management in research is regularly avoided. BUT - researchers can fix that with some simple approaches.

It is Okay to Feel Nervous (Anxious Even)

It is Okay to Feel Nervous (Anxious Even)

In Victoria (Australia) the past week has seen as shift closer to long term COVID normal. The major change has been that larger employers can have staff back onsite at between 50% and 75% capacity. 

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