January 26, 2011

Are you getting in the way of your PhD?

Where I wonder how much ‘excess baggage’ PhD students carry in the form of someone else’s beliefs

January 19, 2011

The top 5 #phdemotions

Where I nerd out and do a content anaylis of a twitter meme to see if I can find out how PhD students are really feeling

November 29, 2010

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 youngcontinue reading.

November 23, 2010

PhD paralysis

Where I talk about sex and writing – but not in a dirty way.

November 16, 2010

Academic digital identities

Want to start a blog which sells you academic expertise?

November 1, 2010

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 acontinue reading.

October 28, 2010

Parenting through a PhD (or 5 ways not to go completely insane)

PhD students are an interesting cohort. At our university the average age of a PhD student is 36, which means you can safely bet that most students have some family responsibilities – either to a spouse, elderly parents, animals or children. Parenting is challenging for PhD students because, in addition to the caring work thatcontinue reading.

October 26, 2010

The loneliness of the long distance thesis writer

A friend of mine tells the story of her first day as a PhD student with equal parts amusement and horror. One day she had a busy life as an academic, working with a wide range of students and colleagues, the next she was a PhD student who just had to hand in a thesiscontinue reading.

September 14, 2010

How to win (academic) friends and influence people

It is well known that professors can have favourite students, which usually irritates the heck out of the students who finally work out that they are not on the list. Being the favourite student can carry a lot of power – like access to the supervisor’s time and resources (in a perfect world, of course,continue reading.

September 6, 2010

On life in the lab and failure

What I found out about science during a nice trip to the country

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