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Survival Guide for a PhD Student

We’re ending this week with our final scheduled blog posts that are all to do with the actual PhD process, and being able to survive throughout, up until the very end! So here is a survival kit we’ve knocked together for you:

  • A Diary or an electronic Calendar is your best friend!
  • To-Do Lists are also good chums of yours

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  • Compile a useful list of resources for reading material
  • Make and keep a Reading/Writing schedule
  • Find some motivational quotes and articles. Maybe stick some on your wall. And fridge. And on all your clothes so that you’re constantly reminded of why you’re doing what you’re doing and why you should keep at it!
  • Make sure you have de-stressing activities (exercise, books, video games, knitting) at your disposal, and use them wisely (not for procrastination!)
  • Have a Happy Place/Thought that you can ‘go to’ when necessaryimage
  • Officemates (if you have an office)/Colleagues/Other PhD Students, people who are also doing what you are doing – find them, and keep them.
  • Put “No” in your toolbox. Learn how and when to use it and you just might not end up having to do everything all at once whilst juggling 15 coffee cups and leaping through flaming hoops all the while belting out “Oh My Darling Clementine” at the top of your lungs.
  • Confidence – believe in your work and your work will believe in you! (Also, other academics and your supervisor)
  • Perseverance. When the going gets tough, the tough get going! But not you, you stick it out!

Most importantly – make sure you enjoy the ride! It won’t be easy but it doesn’t have to be hell.

Dr. Neo, out!

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