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 [...]

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 [...]