PhD Life

a blog about the PhD student experience, University of Warwick


Academic writing

The virtues and vices of PhD students

What can we learn about PhD students through the lens of Ancient Greek Philosophy? In this two-part series for PhD Life, Brennan McDavid asks us to reflect on our PhD habits… As someone who spends their mornings, afternoons, and evenings... Continue Reading →

Becoming kind to others’ writing

To be kind to your writing, you can practice by also learning to be kind to others’ writing. In this post Aya Nassar reflects on how a different approach to reading texts could help with your academic writing...   In... Continue Reading →

Publishing your PhD thesis: “Big words. Small print. No sales.”

At the PhD Life blog, we like to predict your reading needs. That’s why Felicity Chaplin is here to give you advice on anticipating the expectations that a publisher might have of your own writing. That’s right! This post is... Continue Reading →

Work in progress

This post is about one of the key strategies I’ve put into practice this year: finding the best work space based on the task at hand. By limiting the work that I do to a specific place, I have purpose... Continue Reading →

Becoming kind to your writing

Academic writing is a key challenge in academia. Yet there is no reason why it shouldn’t bring you joy. Here Aya Nassar reflects on how creative analytical writing helped her approach her writing with kindness... I have always regarded writing... Continue Reading →

Write It Out!

Conference season is far from over, so Adjunct Associate Professor Adrian Martin is here to give you a few pointers when it comes to preparing for your first-ever presentation (but hey, it’s also a good refresher for those old pros!)…... Continue Reading →

Relax: you’re not supposed to know what you’re doing

Do you ever feel like a cat stuck in a tree? Dr Karen Sutherland is here to calm your nerves and tell you exactly, and honestly, how she felt before earning that title before her name...     - “It... Continue Reading →

Review – “265 Troubleshooting Strategies for Writers”

Yes, we tested another writing manual. Yes, PhD students are not the target audience of “265 Troubleshooting Strategies for Writers”, but hey, 265… We were curious. Read on to see how they worked. I might have mentioned in previous posts... Continue Reading →

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 →

#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 – Graff & Birkenstein: They Say, I Say

Struggling to word your literature review paragraphs or just starting with academic writing? This handbook will come to rescue…. My reading is a mess. Sometimes I’ll get drawn into a book or an interesting article that I won’t put it... Continue Reading →

Your Thesis Introduction

November might be over, but we know your thesis is still there. Writing the introduction and conclusion sounds like a breeze after wrestling with all the other chapters, but these two might be tricky... Emma shares some fantastic advice on... Continue Reading →

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