Formulate achievable goals for your PhD

vision & thesis

Every project starts with a vision : you have a picture of what you would like to achieve at the end. Transforming the dream into a goal is challenging and indispensable. Then the goal is the driver of an action: an action with no goal has no direction. In a PhD project, setting clear goals […]

  • 28/12/2020

The PhD defence – the right mindset

you are an expert

You fear your defence. You are scared of questions you cannot answer. You are aware of all you do not know. You fear criticism from the jury. The idea of being publicly humiliated paralyses you. Change your mindset!

  • 22/11/2020

How to write your thesis in times of coronavirus

Crossing items off your to-do list might be particularly challenging in times of confinment. A frameless time, a flat converted into an individual and/or family office… You need to find your bearings. What if you had a coach to help you structure your day? More: a coach for free?

  • 01/11/2020

Itchy eyes?

In this period of confinement, you probably spend a lot of time in front of a screen. Be careful with your eyes! This post tells you a basic movement your eyes forget to do in front of a screen.

  • 14/06/2020

9 tips to overcome writer’s block

PhD student suffering writers' block

Writer’s block is normal. It belongs to the writing process. Specially when you write such challenging text such as a paper or your thesis. This paper explains how to deal with it.

  • 15/09/2019

I am afraid of missing important information…

The fear of missing important information is one of the first reasons for slow reading. This fear is understandable, but reading slow does not hinder missing important information. This post aims to show you why you should get rid of this fear – and what you can to increase your reading speed.

  • 23/05/2018

The PhD diary: one tool to improve your writing skills

Are you suffering from writer’s block? Does structuring ideas  give you a headache? This article gives you some ideas to help you to plan and manage your writing time using an indispensable tool for doctoral students: the PhD diary.

  • 24/04/2018

Four tips that will make your first presentation a success

Numerous tips are spread around that you can succeed with your first presentation. I would particularly recommend four of them: Gain clarity about your personal attitude towards presentations. Focus on a few major topics and find the storyline of your presentation. Be interested in your audience and network actively. I promise you: Implement these tips, […]

  • 05/02/2018

One trick to enhance motivation

A PhD is a long journey. Usually you rather consider what needs to be done than what you have already achieved. The to-do list becomes every day longer – so that you are seldom aware of all what you have achieved.

  • 12/08/2017

6 tricks to tame your inner critic while writing

the inner critic

As soon as Gertrude writes a sentence, she hears an inner voice which says: “No, this is too stupid. You cannot write this,” or she mentally sees her supervisor’s sarcastic face. She deletes the sentence; tries another one. Again, “This is ridiculous, delete it immediately.” Again, she wipes it out. After having tried several sentences, […]

  • 03/07/2017