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Why you should think about your acknowledgements in your dissertation

A while ago I received a dissertation from Lodewijk Schmit Jongbloed. Of course you get that it isn’t that strange that I receive a dissertation now and then. What was special though were the acknowledgements in this particular dissertation. Why were the acknowledgments so special? Lodewijk used a metaphor: his PhD was his own ‘Tour…

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Recipe for writing a scientific paper

Take the following ingredients.… The classic first words of every recipe. I received a recipe via Marc Koper on how to write a paper. He didn’t cook it up himself, but George Whitesides did, a Professor of Chemistry at Harvard University. His recipe is intended for chemistry, but is also very useful outside of this field.…

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Good times and bad times

Some days nothing works. You have tried everything, changed your work place, put on the right music to study, divided your work into smaller tasks and used the pomodoro technique. And still it doesn’t work. I have one more tip for you that you can use to change the bad times into good times. The tip?…

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How to annotate together and work more efficiently

Open access, it is more and more the norm. You can now make open web annotations via hypothes.is. You can annotate with a book mark or chrome extension and also see what annotations others have made. In that way you can annotate together, for instance with people who share the same research group or are…

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Why I know for sure you will finish your PhD (2)

Last week I wrote how we believe our own thoughts. Thoughts that appear when you are not feeling very well can result in such a train of thoughts that you start believing that you will never finish your PhD. This video explains how that works, how you basically create your own reality. In case you…

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Why I know for sure you will finish your PhD

“Will I ever finish my PhD?” I don’t know any PhD student who doesn’t ask himself this question. Depending on how you are feeling, a train of thoughts will occur after this question. In case you are feeling happy, this is what you might hear: “Of course everything will be ok, I had positive reviews…

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The Miracle Question for PhD’s

“No, not again! Every time this silly stuff, it seems it never changes!”  Last summer I moved office. I had still one box left to be opened. When I finally did that this morning a little leaflet whirled out of the box with the text: Miracle Question. I had completely forgotten I had it and…

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Tips for PhD’s from PhD’s (6)

Procrastination is like a credit card: it’s a lot of fun until you get the bill. Christopher Parker I am not sure if I agree with this statement: my experience has taught me that procrastination is not only ‘fun’ but also gives you a ‘feeling of guilt and discontentment’. Maybe that is the bill Parker…

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Why your mother was right (and why you need lots of sleep as a PhD student)

‘I don’t want to go to bed!’ You probably shouted that regularly when you were young. I did! And although I was always angry that I had to go to bed, my mum was right in making sure I would sleep enough. Why is sleep so important? You might know that you need sleep to…

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Would you like to be more confident? Be an idiot!

But why don’t you dare to do that? It is not that difficult? That’s your opinion but you never had to do it. You don’t really want to discuss with your supervisor that you don’t know how to proceed. Just try it yourself a couple more times, because it can’t be that hard? Don’t start…

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