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 [...]

3 Step Method Of Communicating Effectively With Your PhD Supervisor

Communicating effectively with your PhD supervisor is one of the most important factors determining your happiness in graduate school. Having a bad relationship it’s not always your supervisor’s fault. You can dramatically improve the communication with your supervisor if you follow 3 simple steps. In my work as PhD coach, I always advise students to [...]

Choose The First E-book for PhD Students

Tell Me the topic you want to read in my upcoming e-book for PhD students I am crafting my first (paid) e-book for PhD students. You might have seen a note on the sidebar of this site. And I want your feedback on exactly which kind of topic you want me to write for you. So [...]

10 Software Tools For More PhD Productivity And Less Headaches

PhD productivity is a common struggle among PhD students. We think that the right software will improve our productivity. The truth is that we spend too much time figuring out what the best tools are. Let’s fix that. I started my PhD and I had new tasks that required software tools. I thought that using [...]

15 Tips For PhD Students In Their First Week

Tips for PhD students focus on how to finish a PhD. But what about the start of a PhD? All beginnings are tough. It takes a while till you get the hang of your new situation. The beginning of your PhD is no exception. I still remember how I felt at the beginning of my [...]

Improve Your Literature Review In 4 Hours

Ah the literature review. When you start a PhD you don’t know much about that field. You are not an expert (yet). One day somebody suggests that you should do a literature review. But what is a literature review? In simple words, in a literature review you read lots of papers related to your research [...]

7 Step Guide To Changing University During Your PhD

Is changing university during your PhD a good idea? The first few months of your PhD are very intense. You start getting familiar with your subject and research the different topics in depth. You know the main authors in the field and even more important. You start enjoying what you do. At some point you [...]

How To Improve The Presentation Skills Of PhD Students

Hey PhD student! Do you enjoy giving presentations? Probably not. Improving the presentation skills can reduce your public speaking anxiety and increase the joy of giving talks. Nothing paralyses PhD students more than having to present at a conference. But nobody teaches us how to give a speech. Supervisors and PI focus mainly on science, [...]