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PhD Chat: New year’s resolution(s) – doing less

I don’t usually make new year’s resolutions – the timing is kind of arbitrary, and January is a terrible month for big changes because it’s cold, it’s a long stretch til payday, and you’ve just done the whole Christmas thing. … Continue reading

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Best books 2018

I read 30 books in 2018, mostly in the first half of the year but rounded off with 3 books in the lovely liminal space between Christmas and New Year’s. Every year I set my Goodreads challenge to 50 books … Continue reading

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PhD Chat: My PhD upgrade experience

When you first start your PhD you are not actually technically a PhD student. You start registered as an MPhil student and, after a year or so, you do your upgrade to being a fully-fledged PhD student. The process of … Continue reading

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PhD Basics #1: What is critical appraisal of literature?

“Critical appraisal of the literature” is something that comes up a lot in terms of an expected skill of PGRs, and was often a good chunk of the marks in undergrad essays, but not something that’s often explicitly taught. It … Continue reading

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PhD Chat – How I organise my time & tasks

The best way of organising is the way that works for you. And once you find that way, using it consistently but being aware your needs can change. I used to be a big fan of bullet journalling, but I … Continue reading

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Chronically PhD #1 – what to do when you get ill

This is a new tiny series about doing a PhD with a chronic illness. Everyone will get at least a bit ill a some point during their PhD, even if it’s just a week of flu. It’s different when you … Continue reading

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Why you think your writing is the worst (when it’s not)

Writing is the worst. I mean, I’m sure there are some people who enjoy the writing stage of a project, but it’s the worst. I think it’s because good writing looks effortless – the words so obviously should go in … Continue reading

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