For my whole life I have been incredibly sensitive to feedback in which I detect even the tiniest hint of criticism. I am also prone to finding criticism where it probably doesn’t exist at all. Being sensitive is not necessarily a character flaw — in fact, being sensitive can mean enjoying an array of nuanced positive emotions associated with a sensitive disposition, as well as being associated with high creativity, empathy, and self-awareness. But being particularly sensitive to criticism can make life difficult. It can be embarrassing to feel your composure crumble in the face of such a frequent, necessary, and incredibly useful aspect of life.Read More »
Do you need help to start putting words on paper? Whether you’re procrastinating or simply not in a writing mood, you might need some tools to get over that hump and start writing. As a high school teacher I developed a toolkit to help my students commence writing for their essays and research papers, and now as a PhD student I am using these myself to get started on my writing tasks. These tips are relevant for any type of academic text, whether it’s a school essay, a research proposal, or a scientific paper.Read More »
I am somewhat embarrassed to admit that I entered my PhD studies with an assumption that my academic success in my undergraduate and postgraduate coursework would naturally translate to success in doctoral research. I was wrong! During the first two months of the program, my self-esteem took a major blow as I struggled to figure out how to put together a research proposal. Although I had done this before on a much smaller scale and with more guidance for my Master’s thesis, the PhD proposal was a much gnarlier beast which I was ill-prepared to fight. And the hardest part was the one that seemed the most basic — developing the research questions.Read More »
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Are you thinking about doing a PhD? You might be wondering if a PhD is the right move for you. Or perhaps you have already decided to take the plunge, and are now looking into the application process. This post is for you.Read More »