Do you need an academic coach?

This week we feature a guest post by PhD student and Whisperer reader @cuteangel. Here she reflects on whether or not an academic coach is the answer to PhD woes. Being a PhD student and a mother made realise there can be certain similarities between being a child and a student. My kids are young … Continue reading Do you need an academic coach?

5 classic research presentation mistakes

Presentations  for a faculty or disciplinary audience are subtly different to those you give at a conference, but not talked about as frequently. These 'internal' presentations are important because they tell your colleagues what kind of researcher you are; it helps you socially and academically to perform well to your peers. This topic occurred to … Continue reading 5 classic research presentation mistakes

5 books to help you with your PhD

There's so many, many books on the market that claim to help you with your PhD - which ones are worth buying? I have been thinking about it this topic for some time, but it's still hard to decide. So here's a provisional top 5, based on books I use again and again in my … Continue reading 5 books to help you with your PhD

5 ways to detox your desk (and mind)

Recently I grabbed a book from the RMIT library called "Detox your desk: declutter your life and mind" by Theo Theobald and Cary Cooper. Have a look at this picture and you'll see why: This is my at home desk - not my at work desk (which is in such embarrassing condition I am not … Continue reading 5 ways to detox your desk (and mind)

5 ways to declutter your writing

Last week I was in Readings bookstore, with a $100 book voucher burning a hole in my pocket, when I spied a book called 'On writing well: the classic guide to writing non fiction' by William Zinsser. According to the cover 'On writing well' has sold more than a million copies, which piqued my curiosity … Continue reading 5 ways to declutter your writing

The stegosaurus strategy

The other day a student came to see me after his mid point presentation. He was upset because the panel chair had questioned the scope of the work and his ability get the rest of it done. The student felt the questioning was out of line. Who was this academic who hadn't worked in a … Continue reading The stegosaurus strategy