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Staying Focused: apps and websites to help you concentrate

Struggle to stop procrastinating? Find yourself constantly scrolling through Twitter when you should really be working? If you want to get focused and keep concentrating, blogger Ellie has put together a list of the best websites and apps for just that.

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Starting my PhD in a pandemic

Starting a PhD is a thrilling time, but it can also be daunting. What are some of the things one can do to make the beginning as smooth as possible? Manpreet Kaur shares some of the things she has got planned to keep organised and dive into the rich world of research.

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Throwback Post: How Do You Know If You’re Making Enough Progress in Your PhD?

One thing I really struggled with at the start of my PhD was a big question: am I making enough progress?

originally published on 4 May 2016.

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Back to work in 2021

A PhD can feel like backbreaking work sometimes, but it shouldn’t leave you in agony. How can you avoid aches and pains when working from the (dis)comfort of your home? Sky Herington shares some tips on quick and easy ways to improve your home-working set-up without spending a fortune.

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Throwback Post: Has anyone seen my motivation?

Yes, it is hard to deal with lack of motivation. You might feel this only goes to prove you are not cut out for PhD, you might feel you are letting down your supervisors, your funders, yourself …. But try to stop yourself there.

Originally posted on February 8th, 2017.

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The Forgotten Skill: Organising your PhD Brain

The PhD journey can be complicated, hectic, and sometimes, feel like hell. A whirring, excited brain is great for research, but can be difficult to manage. Ellie King speaks about the often neglected skill of a PhD: organising your brain, and offers some tips on how to get things a bit neater.

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Throwback Post: 7 Motivational Tips for PhD Students

Another post about motivation, PhD Life? Why, yes, dear reader. The holidays are around the corner, but Summer holidays are so so far away, and Wednesdays are known to be tough. Whether you have started your PhD a few months ago or you are hours away from finishing the full draft, check out Hafsa’s motivational tips…

posted originally on 27.05.2017

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A Short Guide to Productive Procrastination

Some days you need to do Ph.D. work but you don’t feel like doing research, writing your dissertation, or doing anything remotely deemed important. Relatable, right? So what do you do if you still have to do something? Eduarda shares a few tips on how to procrastinate writing and researching and still be somewhat productive with your doctoral studies at the same time.

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Pint and PhD: an opportunity for research students to meet and share their work

How is the process of talking informally about your research? No researcher is an island, even though the research experience can be quite lonely for some, knowing how to share your research in a more informal way but still among peers is not only a good ability to have, but it can also open your mind and see what you are doing in a different light. In this post, Giles Penman shares his experience of talking about his research topic at the fortnightly Pint & PhD session organised by our Postgraduate Engagement Team.

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Throwback Post: 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…

originally posted on 01/08/2018