Operation Endgame

The final months of writing up your dissertation are, needless to say, intense. Long hours writing, sacrificing weekends, a sleepless night here and there… It’s exhausting but for some, a necessary part of the process. Vanessa Corcoran called these months “Operation Endgame”. Read her story on this week’s PhD Life post…

Dealing with Discomfort during a PhD

Does the thought of your PhD make you feel anxious, restless, and stressed? If it does, you’re in good company, but it doesn’t have to stay this way. In today’s PhD Life post Jenny Mak shares how she dealt with these common, yet uncomfortable feelings…

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 the spinning bike…

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 perfectionist…

Improve your PhD Posture

Any kind of deskwork inevitably takes its toll on the body and completing a PhD definitely isn’t a a very posture-friendly activity. With the idea ‘happy body, happy mind’, Sophie Shorland takes us through the impact of PhD on posture, and simple solutions to try in order to get your body to a happier place…

Challenge your inner critic

At some point in the research process, everyone is plagued by that inner critic telling you that you’re useless, unsuccessful, the worst researcher in the world… Chengcheng Kang talks about how to override that critical voice and replace it with your own…

Settling In as an International PhD Student

“You’re not in Kansas anymore, Toto.” The experience of being an international PhD student can be daunting when faced with the prospect of living in a new country for the next four years, alongside the pressures of undertaking a demanding, major research project. Jenny Mak shares three tips on how she settled in as an…

Sometimes, Working out Works

Advice for PhD students often revolves around avoiding procrastination. But what about students who find it difficult to pause or slow down? Gabriel García Ochoa shares a sincere account of how he keeps the “hungry ghost” at bay…

5 Tips for Managing Your Marking Marathon

Marking fatigue? Long hours glued to the desk? Daunting workload? I’ve been there and I feel your pain. A high work volume and no breaks can seriously affect your productivity and your mental wellbeing. But fear not, here are some suggestions for how to make marking a bit more bearable and keep a positive state…