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Why I know for sure you will finish your PhD

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

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)

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 enough sleep as a PhD student)

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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Want to be more confident? Be an idiot

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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An important step towards streamlining your PhD

An important step towards streamlining your PhD

The last couple of weeks I had lots of talks with PhD students. The thing that struck me the most was that PhD students don’t talk. Yes, they talk to me, because I am an outsider and not too scary and I know so much about the process of getting your PhD. After talking to…

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Why sleeping is more important than working

Why sleep is more important than work (especially for PhD students)

‘Are you kidding? I don’t need more than 5 hours sleep max per night and I feel great in the mornings!’ That is what you might think. But I can tell you that you are completely wrong. It is probably far more important to sleep enough than to work. Why? Have a look at this…

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Why time management is nonsense for PhD students

Why time management is nonsense for PhD students

Maybe you have done one of these courses, a time management course. One that is supposed to show you how to plan your time efficiently so you will go home all happy and relaxed at the end of the day. If it works for you; great: stop reading. In case it doesn’t work; read on.…

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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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