How To Avoid PhD Burnout In 10 Minutes

Last week I was close to a PhD burnout. I knew that if another shitty thing was to happen, I would snap. Have you ever put more on your plate than you could chew? And then, when you feel your mind is 100% busy with work projects, life decides to add more troubles to your […]

Your PhD Matters

Hey, I just want to tell you that… your PhD matters. Yes, it does matter. Who the $%&@# cares about my PhD? What am I achieving with it? Will my PhD mean anything for the world? I asked myself these questions every single day of that PhD. Do you ask yourself the same? Then keep reading… […]

5 Hacks To Submit A Scientific Paper In 4 Weeks

Have you been intending to write up and submit a scientific paper of yours for weeks or even months? You’ve been wanting to draft the first version or work on the existing draft, but somehow it just does not get done. Your day seems to be very busy and there is no time to sit […]

12 Habits To Reclaim Your Life When Writing A Dissertation

Do You Have To Feel Miserable During Dissertation Crunch Time? In the Spring of the 6th year of my doctoral program and I was finally able to schedule what I hoped would be my last thesis committee meeting. My committee consisted of three very busy professors and it was next to impossible to find a date and […]

How to write a PhD thesis your committee will NOT approve

Sometimes it takes 7 years to get back to square one… Jesse was a bright and ambitious student in a Biochemistry PhD program. She was always ready to learn new techniques, and she diversified her skill set by working in the animal facility, cell culture room, and also in a mass spectrometry lab. Her supervisor […]

The PhD Dilemma: Should You Quit Your PhD Or Stay?

Should you quit your PhD or should you stay? That’s a question we all have once (or millions of times) during our PhDs. It occurs mostly half way a PhD. It feels like for the last 2 years you haven’t done any progress. If that is true, it means that you only have half of a PhD […]

12 Tips To Overcome Writer’s Block For PhD Students (#6 was a game changer for me)

At 100+ pages, writing a PhD thesis paralyzes the bravest student. Breaking writer’s block for PhD students is possible and easy. Keep reading to know how. One of the most important and terrifying experiences in graduate school was writing my thesis proposal in my second year. The average length of our program was 6 years, […]

9 Types Of Difficult PhD Supervisor (And How To Domesticate Them)

Got a difficult PhD supervisor? Tough luck. Sometimes he ignores you, other times he yells at you, other times he makes you feel stupid. It’s like he is the enemy instead of being on your side. The funny thing is that they have a bad reputation in the department, yet they manage to get graduate […]

The Happy PhD Zone: How To Maintain A Work-Life Balance In Academia

There is a very, very famous myth called work-life balance in Academia. Let’s get this straight right now: there is no work-life balance in Academia. It’s just not possible. What is possible, however, is in words of Radhika Nagpal to find a way to manage your work and your private life in such a way […]

7 Smart Ways To Use Evernote For Research As A PhD

If you could choose only one software tool for your PhD, what would that be? In my case I have it very clear: Evernote. What would you prefer: to use 10 different software tools or only one? Evernote is the Swiss-knife of software and a great tool to organise your PhD. I have used Evernote for […]