Should I undertake a side project?

I was recently reading about doing a side project during your PhD  in a guest post on Pat Thompson’s blog patter [1] and at first I thought “only the really smart ones have time for that sort of thing” and quickly dismissed the idea.

I am not particularly clever when it comes to my field. I have always struggled with my degree [2]  and though I, for some reason, feel certain that I can do a PhD, I also feel as if I have devote my full attention to it or risk failure. Clearly as I am writing this post I am at least entertaining the idea of a side project, so what changed my mind?

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Top Tips For Working When Sick

Last Tuesday I woke up bright-eyed and bushy-tailed ready to get back into my PhD after a cosy Christmas break. Unfortunately, I was immediately smacked in the face with a horrendous cold that thrust right back under the covers for over a week. With my head pounding and waves of nausea hitting me every time I tried to do anything, how could I be productive and get better?

Well here are my top tips for getting through a niggling cold without falling behind in your PhD.

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In Praise of Significance Magazine

I love Significance magazine the bimonthly journal/magazine hybrid released by the Royal Statistical Society (RSS) and American Statistical Association (ASA). As soon as it slips through my letterbox I pop the kettle on and settle in for a thoroughly enjoyable dive into statistics related news. For many this will sound incredibly dorky but seeing as you are reading my blog I can only assume you have a little of the statistics dork inside you as well. So let me tell you of the wonders held within it’s glossy pages…

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Time Management when you have Anxiety and Depression

I find getting enough work done in a week very challenging. Anxiety prevents me from starting work I need to do and Depression stops me doing anything much at all. I have to work independently on my PhD and do chores, for most depressed people getting up is a challenge that can take many hours or never happen. How can you manage time when your mood resists planning?

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Book Review: Critical Reading and Writing for Postgraduates

Welcome to another book review! Today I’m reviewing another book about critical thinking but this one is focussed on academic critiques for use in literature reviews and other academic work. Join me as I review Critical Reading and Writing for Postgraduates (3rd Ed.) by Mark Wallace and Alison Wray, a thoroughly modern guide to critical reading and writing.

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My First Poster Presentation

Today I presented my first poster and I was eased into this particular challenge by virtue of it taking place a student-led conference in my department. I would definitely recommend taking advantage of any low-pressure opportunities your university offers. I’ll go over what happened and then we can take a look at conference poster design and what, in my opinion, makes a good one.

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