PhD work requires a mixture of productivity and creativity, but they require opposite approaches, and you cannot do both at the same time.
The longer you leave it, the more difficult it is to come back and reestablish the PhD as part of your life, but there are some simple steps you can take…
Is it possible to be happy while you write your thesis?
In order to understand academic literature, first you need to know that academic journal articles are written by real people…
The complete module 1 of the Painless PhD course is now available, covering the basic principles you need to succeed in your PhD, including; What is a PhD for and how does it differ from other types of academic qualification? Why very smart people struggle when they reach PhD level The keys to success in [...]
There is no shortage of PhD advice. But there is no shortage of stressed students either. Is the advice flawed?
If you just accept stress as part of life, then you will ignore it. But if you see it as a signal that you need to approach things differently, then at least this way you have a chance!
The ultimate aim of research is to go beyond what is already known. This is one reasons why it is so attractive; there’s a kind of romantic image of the pioneer at the frontier of human knowledge, that your work will contribute something which will ultimately change the world. But there is a counter-side to [...]