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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┬ádistractions! 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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