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PhD Life

a blog about the PhD student experience, University of Warwick

The Evolution of PhD Writing

Three years is a long time and many things change as we learn and grow along with our thesis. Ana describes how her academic writing changed since the first year of PhD...  It is November and social media, as well... Continue Reading →

10 tips towards PhD thesis submission

The last few miles are sometimes the hardest part of the journey. In our new post, Salma shares her tips on acing the PhD thesis submission... I recently submitted my full draft thesis to my three supervisors to check. Prior to... Continue Reading →

A linguist in a roomful of sociologists

I wrote this post thinking about my PhD journey so far. Like many novice researchers, I struggle with finding out who I am in this new world called academia, where everyone ‘speaks funny’ and seems to be able to identify... Continue Reading →

The PhD Horror

  Most projects do not include horror clowns, dealing with gory rampages or angry ghosts, but doing a PhD can still be quite scary. Read on about the horror-like elements of PhDing….   About a lifetime ago, while I was... Continue Reading →

My relationship with the dead

With Halloween coming up, it is an ideal time to think of the significance of our research in a new light. Tom writes about the opportunities to give voice to those long gone... Anyway, I have been thinking recently about... Continue Reading →

The question I get asked the most often… (And my answer)

When you see someone who is submitting their PhD thesis, you wonder if you will ever get there, and how to survive the experience. This article gives you four tips about “how to get there”, particularly if you are an... Continue Reading →

Speed-reading and note taking strategies

Doing a PhD means you'll have to read. A LOT. Reading faster and making effective notes become very important skills, especially in the first stage of your studies. Ceren shares some advice on these on tackling that pile of literature... If... Continue Reading →

“This Is It”: How is baking a cake similar to doing a PhD

You might have heard thesis writing compared to marriage or even giving a birth. Ruth, winner of our he winner of our Great Research Bake Off, compared it to baking a cake. If you curious to learn what bakers and... Continue Reading →

Another befuddled post about “The Third Year”

Yes, it is that time of the year again. Sherry shared her thoughts on this last year and now someone else is trying to grasp the unpalatable fact that they are now in their third year of PhD. (By someone... Continue Reading →

#DailyPhD: From Lab to Thesis Writing

In the final stages of their studies, many students replace lab or fieldwork sessions with intense thesis writing at their office desk, library or home. After two weeks of thesis writing, Megan from #DailyPhD shared her experience of this process... As... Continue Reading →

Review – Russell: “Dr Dr, I feel like… doing a PhD”

You’ve started talking to kitchen appliances, have a year’s worth stock of sweets in your desk, and doubt everyone and everything, yourself foremost? Congratulations, you might be doing a PhD… As nerdy as it sounds, PhD manuals have become one... Continue Reading →

Organize a conference? Why not!

We all know it's great to attend and present at conferences as a PhD student, but how about organizing one? Sixian shares her experience of organising CAL's annual postgraduate conference and shows us what's it like on the other side... ... Continue Reading →

Peer Support, All Aboard!

From your supervisor to family, friends and specialised services at your institution, there are many sources of support students can draw on. Peer support is great asset to help you stay on track and make your PhD journey more rewarding.... Continue Reading →

3 things you need to know about the field

Preparing for fieldwork? Read about Tomi's experience in Nigeria and three key points she learnt from her fieldwork trip. I have been on the field, Nigeria, for the past couple of months. As is Warwick tradition (and in other universities... Continue Reading →

Being a PhD and all the rest

In our new post Federica reflects on her first year as a PhD student and discusses the thin line between "doing" and "being" a PhD... Is your PhD a very isolating experience? Don’t worry, you are not alone in feeling like this. The... Continue Reading →

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