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PhD Life

a blog about the PhD student experience, University of Warwick

Lessons from a Spinning Bike

In your final year of your PhD and feeling like you’re one step away from total burnout? Jenny Mak found exercise helped her stay the course when the process felt extra tough. She offers five lessons that she learnt from... Continue Reading →

“Major Revisions”: Dealing with Negative Feedback

Receiving negative feedback for something you've poured endless hours into can be absolutely soul crushing. Some people handle this better than others – are you the kind of person who can take it on the chin, accept the response and move... Continue Reading →

What Makes a Stylish Thesis? Avoid these Three Big Style Mistakes…

In part two of this series, Sophie Shorland outlines some of the biggest stylistic mistakes you might be making in your writing.   Here’s how to avoid these and ensure your thesis does its job of communicating your original ideas with... Continue Reading →

A Day in the Life of a PhD Student: Part 1

We all have our routines, and how your day looks often depends on the stage you’re in and type of work that needs to be done. This two-part series by Sophie Shorland will explore four accounts from four students at... Continue Reading →

At home everywhere, owning none of it

Despite the increasingly encouraging calls for interdisciplinary research, interdisciplinary life is more than working with different backgrounds. In this week’s PhD Life post, Aya Nassar describes her thoughts on being an interdisciplinary PhD researcher… My favourite imagination of academia comes... Continue Reading →

What Makes a Stylish Thesis?: Creating your own Style Guide

Ever feel stuck in a maze of artfully-constructed sentences while writing your thesis? In part one of this two part series, Sophie Shorland discusses the importance of using your own style guide whilst writing – and sticking to it! Part... Continue Reading →

Rhythms of Writing: Writing alone

While PhD writing is typically thought of as an individual endeavour, writing alone does not mean it has to be lonely. In this week's PhD Life post, Aya Nassar discusses how she makes writing alone work for her... In my... Continue Reading →

Confessions of a Perfectionist

In the academic world, we can feel a lot of pressure trying to do our consistent best as PhD students, so much so that we might find ourselves getting stuck in perfectionism. Jenny Mak offers two tips for the recovering... Continue Reading →

The Book Proposal: In Detail

In the final post of this series on gaining a book contract, Dr Alice Eden discusses the various sections of an academic book proposal in the humanities based on her recent success gaining a book contract with Routledge.`  After my... Continue Reading →

What’s your PhD story?

Doing a PhD for most people feels like a marathon as it requires intense focus on one topic for a long time.  It’s easy to feel unmotivated at numerous points throughout this journey. Chengcheng Kang tells her story of why... Continue Reading →

An Introvert’s Guide to Conferencing

Speaking to strangers is quite literally the stuff of nightmares for some people. But the PhD experience involves doing just that. In this article, Sophie Shorland runs though some tips on making the academic conference easier for introverts, as well... Continue Reading →

“Why Should we Publish your Book?” Writing a Successful Book Proposal

Writing a book proposal is a long and challenging process, but realising this at the outset might make this time less stressful. Far from a translation of your thesis, the book proposal can help you rethink your material entirely and... Continue Reading →

Publish or Perish! How to Gain a Book Contract

In the arts and humanities we are informed that we need to get that first book out in order to progress our career and move closer to that first academic position. Read this blog post to find out more about... Continue Reading →

Motivational Quotes for the PhD Journey

The PhD journey is a long one where it’s easy and normal to feel unmotivated for certain stretches of time. We all need a little inspiration to perk us up during those days. Jenny Mak offers you four handy motivational... Continue Reading →

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