How do you differentiate between work that is hard because it’s complex and challenging, vs work that requires a large volume of labour?
You might love your PhD. Or you might have been told you are supposed to love your PhD. And love is weird, and complicated. PhDs are messy and complicated. Let’s talk about feelings.
Some workplaces and research cultures explicitly or implicitly run so that every conversation is actually a battle for airtime, and it’s common to try to sabotage other people’s chances. We should be working towards the exact opposite: energising, authentic, worthwhile, academic conversations. That’s what we love about getting together with our nerd pals.
What these students show is they see reading as an intelligence test. (To be fair, they probably learned this from school.) As a graduate student, they have been a ‘smart’ person all their life, but maybe now they are not smart, or not smart enough.
Western logical structures, which developed from the Ancient Greeks and were then developed by the Church Fathers and Enlightenment philosophers, … More
(I hope you sang the title to the Friends’ theme tune.) It can be a challenge to juggle lots of … More
A couple of people in my wider circle have recently asked me about how to get started on a PhD … More
Research Degree Insiders doesn’t normally do guest posts, but this was a special exception. While I have worked in jobs … More
Your progress might feel slow, but that might just be the normal speed of trying to learn new things, or experimenting (and … More
Last time I posted about “pre-research”, I talked about moving from pre-research into searching and then researching for a literature review. I … More