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?”

Pandemics and the Post-PhD Phase

Or Academic Job-hunting in the time of COVID-19 So you may be aware of the pandemic currently sweeping the globe. I am currently experiencing shortness of breath but I’m not sure if that’s due to my asthma or spending too much time on twitter reading all the COVID-19 stories that are currently dominating the newsContinue reading “Pandemics and the Post-PhD Phase”

Planning Your Academic Year

This is possibly a little late (hello March) but I figure it’s better late than never. Year 1 as an undergrad I had a paper diary. Studiously, I would put due dates in at the beginning of the semester. During the week I would add important events to the following week (e.g., shifts at work,Continue reading “Planning Your Academic Year”

Well-Rounded Academic or Publishing Machine?

“Look at academics. Most of them have a 40/40/20 role. That is, they spend 40% of their time on research, 40% on teaching, and 20% on service. So, if you want an academic position after you graduate, try and develop your skills or get experience in all three areas.” When I started my PhD, thisContinue reading “Well-Rounded Academic or Publishing Machine?”

What I learned from marking assignments

Or how I stopped worrying and started to embrace grading I was lucky enough to begin teaching during my Masters. So I started my PhD with one year of teaching experience. I loved being in the classroom and helping my students understand group polarisation, implicit relationship rules, and theories of personality. However, I was worriedContinue reading “What I learned from marking assignments”