Planning your semester

A while ago I wrote a post that outlined how I plan my year. In that post I described how I set up my calendar to prepare myself for the year and I recommend going back and checking that out. Today I wanted to focus on a slightly smaller scale: the semester. However, some peopleContinue reading “Planning your semester”

Thesis by Publication or Monograph: A Case for Monograph

Last week, Chris made the argument for the Thesis by Publication route. Today, I want to talk about why I decided to do a monograph. My PhD continued the research from my Masters degree The research I had done in my Masters of Research degree was the beginning of a big project. I was developingContinue reading “Thesis by Publication or Monograph: A Case for Monograph”

Managing References – Work Smarter, Not Harder

I still remember the time I had to write a reference list for my first psychology undergraduate essay. I tried to add to the reference list each time I mentioned a new paper. But then I would savagely cut my paper down (because I was way over the word limit) and then have to cross-referenceContinue reading “Managing References – Work Smarter, Not Harder”

Writing Pet Peeves or my “Old Man Yells at Cloud” post

I’ve been marking assignments recently, as well as reading a lot of research for a scoping review, and both of these tasks have struck a nerve with me. There is a lot of bad writing out there. Writing that hurts my brain and I feel the need to vent. A few caveats: I’m not brilliantContinue reading “Writing Pet Peeves or my “Old Man Yells at Cloud” post”

I hate my thesis

There comes a point in your PhD journey when you sigh and say “I hate my thesis.” This point may come only once or be a daily occurrence. I know it happened to me. Sometimes I said it regularly (but jokingly) when yet another experiment had failed. I said it once or twice seriously whenContinue reading “I hate my thesis”

Dealing with Supervisor Feedback

The very first time I sent my supervisor a piece of my writing I was so anxious. I had read it over a million times. I also had a friend read it over as well and got their thoughts on it. I thought I had done a good job. After all, I had made itContinue reading “Dealing with Supervisor Feedback”

Advice for Day One of the PhD

It’s that time of the year when people in the Northern Hemisphere are starting their PhD programs. Here in the Southern Hemisphere people start at random times of the year. Nonetheless, I thought it might be time to write a blog post that outlines some advice I would have given myself on Day One ofContinue reading “Advice for Day One of the PhD”

PhD Student: An Expert or a Skill Builder?

The PhD Student: Expert or Skill Builder? When I started the PhD, this whole process was advertised as a chance to create new knowledge. I was going to become an expert on a tiny thing in the world of knowledge. And this may be true. During the PhD, despite imposter syndrome, I did become anContinue reading “PhD Student: An Expert or a Skill Builder?”

You vs. the PhD

One of the best decisions I made when I started the PhD was to treat it like a job. I would attempt to only work Monday to Friday during business hours. I didn’t realise at the time how radical this idea was (I was not involved in academic twitter at the time). I wanted toContinue reading “You vs. the PhD”