Hello 2021

Well, hasn’t 2021 started off well? COVID is still around, US politics is still in the limelight, and we are all still writing. Nevertheless, welcome back to another year! It will be a different year for our blog, but change is good. Some Tips to Prepare Your Year Now is a great time to revisitContinue reading “Hello 2021”

Drowning in Email

(N.B., Sorry this one is a little longer than normal. It appears I have a lot of things to say about email). Once I became a postgraduate student, my inbox became a terrifying place. Suddenly I had emails coming from: My supervisor My students Email groups I was signed up to (e.g., all PhD studentsContinue reading “Drowning in Email”

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”

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”

Overworked then underworked then overworked – The Academic Rollercoaster

A Personal Experience So this is a reflection of my own experiences with workload within academia as both a PhD student and a recently appointed lecturer. I find that workloads seem to go up and down. There are times where I will sit at my desk and go “oh wow, I can actually breathe, IContinue reading “Overworked then underworked then overworked – The Academic Rollercoaster”

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?”

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”