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Shall I or shall I not....(finish my thesis for example)

Shall I or shall I not…..(finish my thesis for example)

Shall I move or not? Should I end this relationship, shall I end my studies? So many questions that could bother you. And you know you won’t find an easy answer. Because everything has its cons and pros and one day you think this way and the other day that way. Of course once you…

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You are ready when you’re ready – what needs to happen prior to your doctorate

You are ready when you’re ready – what needs to be done prior to your doctorate

Shoot You thought you had done everything but you forgot to get the bin out! What to do when you think you have finished everything? This works the same for your thesis. You are sure you have finished it – read you have submitted your last manuscript to your supervisors – however there is still…

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How to improve your speed at reading academic articles

How to improve your speed at reading academic articles?

Adding up all the hours I can only conclude that I wasted a lot of time, really unnecessarily.  And it is so simple: make sure you have a fixed spot for your keys (and telephone and other things you might need leaving the house) and you never have to search again. Therefor my keys and…

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How to write your academic texts faster and better

How to write your academic texts faster and better

I am really jealous of people who can breast crawl. They can swim much faster and with less effort than I can. I can only swim using the breast stroke. As a child I was very allergic for chlorine so I couldn’t join any swimming lessons. I never learned how to swim more elegantly. Many…

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What do you do with your 10 x 10?

What do you do with your 10 x 10?

‘Which bite of food would you leave last on your plate?’ a friend asked me a while ago when we were having a drink. ‘What do you mean?’ ‘Well, some people just finish off their plates without thinking about an order what to eat first. Other people make sure that every bit of food they…

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Why does time tracking work

Why does time tracking work?

I was walking down the street last week and I noticed a man who was engrossed in his mobile phone. A minute later I saw him tumbling into some bushes. It made me laugh but the man wasn’t too amused. Every PhD student will encounter obstacles. Big ones and small ones. One of the bigger…

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Tips from PhD's for PhD's  (5)

Tips for PhD’s from PhD’s (5)

A while ago I received a mail from Marjolein. She wrote that she had read a book of Mark Tigchelaar about reading and memorising. In the book is referred to software you can use when reading texts on a screen. Research has shown that we don’t take in as much when we read from a…

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Someting about Trump and supervisors

Something about Trump and supervisors

Whenever I see Donald Trump on TV I wonder if he ever doubts himself. Then I noticed a newspaper article about his nocturnal tweets to rectify his controversial statements about former Miss Universe Alicia Machado. Is the Donald insecure? I know that PhD students are, specially meetings with their supervisor can create a lot of…

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The biggest misunderstanding about getting your PhD

What is the biggest misunderstanding about getting your PhD?

The British Tax Authorities tried many ways to persuade tax avoiders to pay their taxes. They wrote letters on the penalties you had to expect, they warned about charging administration costs and threatened to take legal action. All this had some result, but not enough. So the Tax Authorities decided to change something. They added…

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What would i like to achieve this year

What would I like to achieve this year?

Autumn is a great time for reflection. The year isn’t finished yet (still a season to go) but a lot has happened. Of course the Academic Year hasn’t started so long ago, which gives the sense of a new start. So this is the moment to look back and explore what went well and what…

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