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 […]

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 […]

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 […]