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PhD Life

a blog about the PhD student experience, University of Warwick

Looking back to look ahead

Did you know that the PhD Life blog has 218 posts so far? Here are my personal favourites. Which post has inspired you the most?... In order to do the best job I can as the new editor for the... Continue Reading →

Nice to meet you!

Your PhD journey might be exactly what you envisioned, might take you to places you never imagined, or might be a bit of both. This is my story and I am thankful for it as it has led me to... Continue Reading →

How I live-tweeted my own conference talk

Recently, I wrote about my strategy for preparing scientific talks and promised to follow on that with an example I was preparing at the time. The whole thing took longer to prepare than I had planned, even though the talk... Continue Reading →

Benefits and challenges of tweeting a conference

Is it worth spending most of the conference glued to your screen? Are conferences hashtags where the real party happens? Ondrej discusses the pearls and pitfalls of tweeting from a conference...  Academic conferences are usually exhausting. You spend the whole... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

Salma’s PhD Viva Experience – Part II

Wondering what your PhD viva might be like? Last week Salma described some of her preparations and the first part of her viva exam. Read on to find out what happened next... I was asked a few more questions and... Continue Reading →

Salma’s PhD Viva Experience – Part I

Curious about viva? We certainly are, and our amazing contributor Salma offered to share her recent experience. So, take a deep breath or two, and check out the first part of her story...

7 Motivational Tips for PhD Students

Another post about motivation, PhD Life? Why, yes, dear reader. Summer holidays are so close, and yet so far, and Wednesdays are known to be tough. Whether you have started your PhD a few months ago or you are hours... Continue Reading →

Transferable skills and your PhD

Your social media feed is probably swamped with employability talks and workshops, career fairs and networking opportunities. You might have already started thinking about what you have to offer to employers outside your research niche. Tony reflects on how he developed transferable skills... Continue Reading →

Staying Yourself: How Not to Lose Sight of Who You Are Beyond Your PhD

Research is a time- and mind-consuming activity, and it is easy to lose sight of things that matter to you, and that are not related to the PhD. Maria shares her tips for staying yourself and maintaining your wellbeing as a PhD... Continue Reading →

“Racing on the thunder and rising with the heat”: PhD Superpowers

Saving the world can wait, we first need to finish the thesis. Regeneration, invisibility, teleportation… What are your PhD superpowers? Recently, I have come across an amusing post by Mark Bennett, in which he compares PhD students to superheroes. I... Continue Reading →

Stories within stories

PhD is much like a story. We need to uncover it, and find compelling ways to tell it. And, just like in a story, there might be unexpected twists and turns. Read about Bernie's PhD story... I've long been convinced by the... Continue Reading →

Six Misconceptions about the Three-Paper Route

Monograph dissertations are still the norm for many PhD students, but some disciplines allow a collection of papers to be submitted instead. We talked to a PhD student taking this route to learn more about it…   Majority of texts... Continue Reading →

Should you join a dissertation support group?

In the seemingly endless struggles with your dissertation, you may think about joining a dissertation support group. Experts in dissertation shepherding often advocate a group. It be excellent for “solace, support and motivation” (Axelrod & Windell, 2012, p. 101) and... Continue Reading →

PhD Diary: “Working” from Home

Not all researchers have the luxury of choice, but if you are among the lucky ones, working from home can be a treat and a nice change to your routine. It can also be a complete waste of time, if you’re... Continue Reading →

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