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”

Shifting mindsets from competitive to collaborative

In Australia, if you are a psychology student, this is the process: Step 1: Get into a psychology degree Step 2: Get consistently higher grades Step 3: Get into the one year honours program with your fabulous grades Step 4: Go and do a professional masters (e.g., clinical, neuropsychology, or organisational) or a masters ofContinue reading “Shifting mindsets from competitive to collaborative”

Academic Writing Hacks Part 4: Cafe Surfing and Flow

N.B., all the posts in this series were planned prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. Your priority at this time should be staying safe. If you happen to have time for writing, then these tips may help. If not, bookmark this and come back to it later when the world has calmed down and we haveContinue reading “Academic Writing Hacks Part 4: Cafe Surfing and Flow”

Academic Writing Hacks Part 3: The Terror of a Blank Page

N.B., all the posts in this series were planned prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. Your priority at this time should be staying safe. If you happen to have time for writing, then these tips may help. If not, bookmark this and come back to it later when the world has calmed down and we haveContinue reading “Academic Writing Hacks Part 3: The Terror of a Blank Page”

Academic Writing Hacks Part 2: Batching your tasks and conquering your schedule

N.B., all the posts in this series were planned prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. Your priority at this time should be staying safe. If you happen to have time for writing, then these tips may help. If not, bookmark this and come back to it later when the world has calmed down and we haveContinue reading “Academic Writing Hacks Part 2: Batching your tasks and conquering your schedule”

Academic Writing Hacks Part 1: Setting up Good Writing Habits

N.B., all the posts in this series were planned prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. Your priority at this time should be staying safe. If you happen to have time for writing, then these tips may help. If not, bookmark this and come back to it later when the world has calmed down and we have conqueredContinue reading “Academic Writing Hacks Part 1: Setting up Good Writing Habits”

Pandemics: Productivity or Self-Care?

The rapid spread of COVID-19 around the world has suddenly put us in a position of “working from home”. I don’t know about you, but I felt almost immense pressure to pick up my entire work life and squish it into my tiny one bedroom apartment. During the first few days of working from homeContinue reading “Pandemics: Productivity or Self-Care?”