Doing a PhD can be a hard road for everyone, even supervisors. This page contains people and online resources which I have found useful, both as a student and as a supervisor.

If there is a page or service that you think should be included, please email the editor. Please note, I do not charge money for people to advertise here, but this means that I don’t promote just everyone who asks. I carefully curate these resources to make sure I am pointing people to reputable sources and suppliers. If I am unable to personally verify the quality of your service, I will ask for referees and references. I do not advertise online courses as it is too much work to determine the quality of your offering.

Useful Resources

Thesis Whisperer Blackline Master Series

A blackline master ia an A4 sheet with exercises or information designed for use in classrooms. The Thesis Whisperer blackline masters series are materials I use in my workshops with research students. These blackline masters are free to use under creative commons share a-like attribution license. Each blackline master listed below has text, which you can lift for your own purposes, and an attached PDF formatted for easy photocopying. You can see more of my teaching materials on my workshops and training page.

Support networks

There is some evidence that PhD students can struggle with mental health more than other student groups. Unfortunately it is relatively common to have low periods during your PhD, but it’s important to be able to distinguish between ‘the PhD blues’ and a developing mental health condition that is potentially serious and needs treatment. Here are some resources to help:

Academic coaches and editors

There are a number of dodgy companies out there offering to write your thesis in, publish your work or do proof reading – don’t get sucked in. Below are some reputable providers:

Procrastination aids (for when all else fails!)


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  7. Hi, I enjoyed your presentations at the Excellence in Post Grad Research conference in Adelaide this year. I wonder if you know of any apps that help people to organise their day around when they’re productive, creative, sleepy, depressed, etc. I’m having trouble with finding a routine that suits me. Thanks!

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  10. Any advice would be appreciated.

    I have a relatively large committee, compared to the norms for my program. I value all of the inputs and suggestions that I receive from all of them as well. However, I have one individual that is overbearing with their opinions (not the committee chair). All other members have agreed on the edits to my document and have signed off, but this particular person who wants a major rewrite of all but one chapter. They waited until I went to collect signatures to propose all of their changes and refuse to sign until they are made. Many of the edits are based on opinion, not fact and don’t better the resulting thesis. How should I handle this? My committee chair doesn’t seem to want to set in on this issue.

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