16 Honest Hacks To Save $74,427 In Graduate School (And Still Enjoy Your Life)

Going to graduate school to do a PhD is absurdly expensive. In some countries you pay for it and when you finish you are the proud owner of a debt similar to that of a south European country. Some PhD graduates report being up to $225,000 in debt after their PhD. That’s insane!! In some other countries, […]

How To Know If You Should Leave Academia … Before Wasting Years In Postdocs

HINT: it isn’t “Do I want to be an academic?” HINT 2: read till the end of this post. There you will find an infographic with a summary of all you need to know. Gone are the days where you could do a PhD and be guaranteed a tenure track position.  Gone, too, are the […]

How To Stop Procrastinating And Build The Habit Of Writing

PhD productivity and academic writing. Who doesn’t want to get better at both? Olga Degtyareva is a PhD coach that specialises in productivity and beating procrastination. She has been coaching PhD’s and postdocs for many years. They all get fantastic results after working with Olga. I decided to interview her because she is launching her […]

6 PhD Productivity Tips To Have (And Manage) A Social Life

PhD productivity, it feels like we are never productive enough. Writing a PhD thesis is never an easy job – not because your subject matter is difficult or the research you have to perform is extraordinarily unachievable, but due to a different factor: life organization. By the time you have reached this level of education, […]

3 Symptoms Of PhD Loneliness (And 5 Ways To Fix It)

PhD loneliness will hit you when you are working at midnight on some research topic nobody in your continent understands (or give a damn about) except for you. You are in a scientific micro-niche. So micro, you got nobody to talk with. And you feel alone. After all, you are born alone. You do a PhD […]

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 […]