The Relationship with Your Supervisor After Finishing

There Is No ‘Correct’ End The situation: You have just completed your degree. Your thesis has been submitted, it has been marked, you have just had your final meeting with your supervisor to talk over your thesis and say your goodbyes. Now what? There are lots of different possible outcomes at this point, and itContinue reading “The Relationship with Your Supervisor After Finishing”

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”

Thesis by Publication or Monograph: A Case for Publication

The Discussion Alessa and I are going to tag team this topic. My thesis was by publication, while Alessa’s was a monograph. For each of us, the decision came for different reasons. In the end, we each chose the most appropriate format for our specific projects. This week and next we wanted to share ourContinue reading “Thesis by Publication or Monograph: A Case for Publication”

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”

Shifting Fields Post-PhD

Shifting Can Be Adaptive I want to reflect on a recent endeavour of mine – branching out into a new area of research. My research focuses on adult psychological stress (think sitting in traffic). However, I have become fascinated by childhood psychological stress. While this doesn’t seem like a big shift, it is like movingContinue reading “Shifting Fields Post-PhD”

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”

Using Your Degree to Start a Business

“Everyone needs a good side hustle” I still remember hearing this at a conference I was at recently. It was surprising to hear this idea of having a side hustle – a business that effectively ran itself or which required minimal involvement. Something that brought in a bit of extra money. But how does oneContinue reading “Using Your Degree to Start a Business”

Advice for One Month into Your PhD

About a month ago Alessa wrote on advice for day one of your PhD. Today I want to talk about advice one month in. Things I wish past-me had known at this point in the journey. Turbulence is OK By this point you are one month into a journey that spans years. You don’t needContinue reading “Advice for One Month into Your PhD”

Dealing with Multiple Spinning Plates

Multi-tasking just became part of my daily life Nobody ever told me or prepared me for just how much juggling was needed to thrive in academia. From teaching classes, to completing my degree, to doing my own research, to being an RA, to completing my roles in academic societies, to marking assignments, to attending meetings,Continue reading “Dealing with Multiple Spinning Plates”