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

August 31, 2010

Social media and your PhD

A blog can be an archive of reflections about what it means to do a PhD. It can be a placeholder for the vignettes that build to become arguments in the thesis and, unlike a personal journal, the thoughts and arguments are open for scrutiny and feedback.

August 16, 2010

What are you learning while you do your PhD? (maybe not what you expected!)

You might be learning all kinds of unexpected things while doing your PhD – some of these ‘other’ things might help you get a job later on.

August 4, 2010

Voices from the front line

Our first PhD student piece – professional brain?

July 2, 2010

Back soon…

The thesis whisperer is on a short vacation: returning on the 15th of July. Any topic suggestions can be left in comments or direct message on twitter @thesiswhisperer.

June 25, 2010

Are you addicted to your PhD?

On the tram this afternoon a friend commented that learning is a very inefficient process. I think this is especially true for PhD students, partly because it is so easy to get distracted. When I was doing my PhD I suspended my facebook account –  but the fridge was still a great source of distraction.continue reading.