The PhD Experience

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Looking Back: The 5 Best Practices of My PhD

By Drew Thomas |   With a new academic year approaching and having graduated this past summer, I thought of no better a time to reflect on the best practices that helped me earn my PhD. It’s been about three… Continue Reading →

3 Reasons Why You Should Write Your PhD Thesis With Scrivener

Writing my PhD thesis was one of the longest and most challenging tasks I’ve ever accomplished. I never would have completed it without using Scrivener. Scrivener is a word-processor and outlining programme that originally was popular among book authors and screenwriters. However, it quickly expanded and became a great writing tool for researchers as well. It helped me keep my writing on track, focused, and structured. It is a programme that wants you to forget about the formatting and how the text looks and just focus on the writing. No distractions! It took some time to get used to at first, but now I highly recommend it. Keep reading to find out how Scrivener can help you conquer the seemingly unmanageable project that is your thesis.

The Ultimate Guide for First-Year PhDs

By Drew Thomas | The beginning of your second semester as a PhD student is the perfect time to evaluate how you’ve been doing. What have you been wasting time on? What could you be doing to help advance your… Continue Reading →

Pub Spotlight: Aikman’s Bar Bistro

Drew Thomas | Students in every university town or neighborhood have their favorite pubs, whether they be for a night of debauchery or a quiet night out with friends. Depending on the weeknight, the same pub might host both activities…. Continue Reading →

5 Simple Tips For Writing Up

By Drew Thomas |   At some point during your PhD after reading hundreds of monographs, articles, book reviews and primary sources, you will sit down, staring at a blank page on your computer screen and be overcome with fear… Continue Reading →

Top Tips for Chairing a Conference Panel

By Drew Thomas |   Another summer has at last arrived and with it, a new conference season. Whether large conferences with overlapping sessions or a small postgraduate conference of only a few dozen scholars, you’ll likely be sitting in… Continue Reading →

Stop Trying to Read Everything: 3 Tips for Determining What to Read

By Drew Thomas |   The biggest lesson I’ve learned as a postgraduate student is that it’s impossible to read everything. Of course, no new postgrad believes this and spends the first month or so attempting to read at an… Continue Reading →

Millennial PhDs: Managing Your Online Presence

By Drew Thomas |   Can you imagine completing your PhD before the Internet? No online catalogues, no academic journal databases, no full-text search, no online language dictionaries — you had to read journal articles on printed paper! Yikes. But… Continue Reading →

Every App You Need for Your PhD

By Drew Thomas | When you’re first beginning your PhD, it can be a bit overwhelming. How in the world are you supposed to organize everything? Not just your reading lists, but other things. I have my thesis to write,… Continue Reading →

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