Doing a PhD can be a hard road for everyone, even supervisors. The following are web resources which I have found useful, both as a student and as a supervisor.
If you are a supervisor, I am also blogging over at The Supervision Whisperers.
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.
- 23 Things (Oxford university engage program site)
- A List of Fallacious Arguments
- Academic Productivity Hacks
- Advanced research skills course from QUT
- Altmetrics – other ways of measuring research impact
- How to make a cornell note taking template
- How to focus in the age of distraction
- Learning to work (pdf)
- Missed periods and other grammar scares
- Optomising your citations
- Presentation Zen
- Typography with Tex and Latex
- Writing across Boundaries
- Beyond the PhD
- Leaving academia
- Manchester post graduate careers blog
- Manchester Academic Phrase Bank
- Manchester methods database
- Scrivener – a different kind of word processor
- Unsplash – free high quality photos for bloggers
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:
- If you are worried about how you feel, here’s a useful self assessment checklist for anxiety and depression. Please see someone if you think you need help.
- Need to talk someone immediately? Unsuicide offers a global directory of helplines you can call or text.
- More mental health resources and a hotline are available from Beyond Blue.
- The academic mental health collective enables PhD students to share stories of their experience of mental health issues.
- If you are feeling low, but not actually depressed, physical activity can help a lot. All the more reason to get up from your desk or away from the bench! Here is some research and suggestions:
- At our thesis bootcamps we have found that mindfulness exercises can help people refocus back on writing with less anxiety. Here’s a mindfulness tip sheet to get you started.
- Chronically academic is a network of scholars affected by disabilities and chronic illnesses.
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:
- Thesis bootcamps in the UK by Dr Peta Freestone
- Word by Word proof reading service (Australia)
- Janene Carey – thesis editing services (Australia)
- U write I edit
- Edupreneur editing services
- Jo Van Every – academic life coach (Canada)
- Docs Finishing Early – USA
- Hillary Rettig – USA
- Professor is IN – USA
Procrastination aids (for when all else fails!)
- Awful Library Books
- Journal of Universal Rejection
- Piled Higher and Deeper comic
- The most beautiful libraries in the world
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