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1/ first: don't sit there forcing yourself to get the motivation back. Nobody in the history of ever got motivated by telling themselves to feel motivated.

Instead, acknowledge you're not feeling it & shift focus instead. Read on... 👇🏼
2/ Try reading something that usually gives you the academic equivalent of fanny flutters (!). Your favourite journo article, your fave writer, a section of your research journal, an interesting joy-giving bit of data.

That might spark some ideas to bring back into your writing
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10 chrome extensions for academics that you might not know exist 🤯

I’ve been using these for my PhD - they’re game-changers.

Thread 🧵👇
#AcademicChatter #phdchat

Screen recording extension.

Game-changer for teaching & collaborating, especially remotely. Records your screen and generates an automatic step-by-step of everything you did with screenshots.

Speed reading extension.

I went from 🐢→ 🐇. Works on any web page. Shows you 1 word at a time at a speed you choose.
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Dear #PhD #perfectionist, some thoughts on facing, ddressing + working past #perfectionism/fear of failure in #research.

A messy imperfect 🧵

#phdlife #phdtips #phdchat @PhDgenie @PhDVoice @OpenAcademics @PhDspeaks @AcademicChatter #AcademicTwitter #researchlife #phdwriting
@PhDgenie @PhDVoice @OpenAcademics @PhDspeaks @AcademicChatter 1/ Research is MEANT to be imperfect+messy. Things going wrong in research are more likely than things going ‘perfectly’.

If everything went EXACTLY as we planned/controlled +was already known, there’d be no need to do the research in the first place, right?!
2/ Instead of fearing imperfection, maybe take a beat to reflect/journal:

* What would perfection be or look like in your research?
* What does 'perfect' work + research mean?
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If you're writing a statement of purpose or research statement then check these points.

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@PhDVoice @OpenAcademics @ThePhDPlace @PhD_Genie #AcademicChatter #AcademicTwitter #scicomm #phdchat #STEM
P.S. Even I used to get confused between an SOP, a research statement and a personal statement initially but there's a clear difference between each one of them.
1. SOP or research statement: for this type of essay generally you will be asked a few questions for which you should discuss your purpose for getting into a particular program or research/academic interest.
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When I started my PhD, I got a few enquiries on how to apply for an international PhD and generally about my experience.

Here's a small breakdown of the process according to my knowledge.

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#AcademicTwitter #AcademicChatter #phdchat #scicomm #internationalstudents
I am happy that you're taking a step ahead in your career. With this, you're going to experience more diverse options in your life. Beginning with a PhD abroad, there is so much to start with. Firstly, your choice of research and research group that matches your interest.
Ideally, PhD positions are advertised but if you're interested in a particular research group then you should start writing a cold email to the PI.
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Behind the scenes: What I learned from being a journal editor about the publishing process. A🧵

#AcademicTwitter #AcademicChatter #phdlife #phdchat #phdvoice
1. Manuscript mostly receive a "desk reject" because they do not fit thematically to the journal.

👉 Be strategic when selecting a journal. Check your manuscript's references: If none of your references was published in the journal that you target, it is probably a bad fit.
2. Editors do actually read the cover letter, if one is required.

👉 Don't just copy-paste your abstract into the letter to the editor. Keep it brief and to the point, but take the time to write a few new sentences:…
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Hot #phdtip for the super driven goal-oriented type-a perfectionists to GET MORE REST & loosen your grip:

Set goals or a mini 'challenge' for your fun/leisure/social life

Examples in thread below


#phdchat #phdlife @PhDVoice @OpenAcademics #AcademicChatter #AcademicTwitter
* meet/call/zoom non PhD friends/family at least once a week
* try a new recipe/bake once a week
* see one art exhibition a month
* Set a leisure reading challenge (like @goodreads annual book challenge)
* knit a blanket for a friend's new baby before their birth
* do your fave workout 3 x a week
* set a daily step goal ('bonus points' for getting those steps away from your lab/dept eg in nature/gym/neighbourhood walk)
* get to bed every night before 10pm
* get 8 hours sleep a night
* do one 5-min meditation (e.g. @Headspace or @calm)
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EVERYONE I knew who completed their #PhD before me had a miserable time in the last stages of writing up. I dreaded having to struggle too but those last 6 months ended up being the most fulfilling, happy time of my PhD

#phdlife #phdtips #phdchat @PhDVoice #academictwitter
I voiced my dread/fears to my supervisor. She shared that she loved writing up; that it was a wonderful time of seeing her research come together + gain confidence in her own voice/findings. She was the first person to suggest there was another way to write/wrap up the PhD...
... that wasn't characterised by only misery, struggle, overwork, pain.

I took that vision/possibility into my writing up year and I too loved it.

I loved seeing disparate threads come together, new ideas emerge, my own voice+perspectives get stronger

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How I planned for + wrote 6 #thesis chapters in my last year while keeping all my mornings, evenings + weekends free.

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@OpenAcademics @PhDspeaks @PhDSurvival @PhDVoice @PhD_Genie #AcademicTwitter #AcademicChatter #phdlife #phdtips #phdchat #phdwriting #postgradresearch
First, a note: I fucked about a LOT the first 2-3 yrs of the PhD. Then, had 2 bereavements + 6 straight months of health issues which put me out of action. So I ended up writing most of the thesis only in my last writing up year.

I cut it close but I got it done.

1. I looked at everything I had to do + planned backwards: How many chapters over how many months. I broke the writing plan down into months, and then into weeks.

I had an idea of how I work and how much I'm able to do within a week, so I kept it realistic.

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Hi, I’m Jamie. I’m a #PhD graduate

But I’m also…
a former education journalist
a former magazine writer
a life coach
a tarot reader
a daughter
a girlfriend
a friend
a public-speaking award-winner
a spiritual practitioner
a weight-lifter
#phdlife #phdchat 1/
Every single one of those ‘identities’ carries its own weird quirks, interesting characteristics, insecurities +anxieties, skills +capacities, fun, worries, likes+dislikes.

But also, each of those parts of me are entwined with all the other parts...

I was never *just* an academic

I was a PhD student who also had lots of writing experience as a journalist; whose spiritual, witchy side always nudged her to trust her own research intuition; who used her yoga practice as valuable reflections on her researcher positionality

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Just gonna say it: if you're doing a #PhD for the prestige, reputation, just to say you're a Dr, it's going to be that much harder to sustain motivation or to feel really passionate & joyful & in flow with your work
@PhDVoice #AcademicChatter #phdlife #phdchat #AcademicTwitter
You're in it for the long haul w/ a #research project. You gotta actually give a shit about the thing you're researching & invested at some level in creating change & being of service to the world through your work.

In many ways, the research isn't all about you. It's about the potential change/improvement/solution you're in the process of discovering which could literally change the world, society, people's lives. Focusing only on YOUR prestige, title etc is not enough 3/
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Older academics on Twitter this last week be like "just move around for postdoc positions like I did and stop complaining"; Here are some of my experiences in today's world as a prestigiously NSF-funded postdoc; a 🧵
(2 🧵) First of all; housing! I moved across the country sight unseen. This is the state of trying to rent near @UConn - now imagine doing this from far away during the pandemic like I did. I luckily found a place and now commute 1.5 hours 7 days a week for my research Image
(3🧵) I am externally funded on a prestigious fellowship (#NSFPRFB) and as a #disabledscientist had to go months without insurance and almost ran out of my life-saving medications. I am not included in our postdoctoral union and thus can't access certain on campus resources
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You know as a researcher, why do I invest my time in doing other outreach activities?

That's because I am an “Overthinker”...

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#scicomm #phdchat #researcher @PhDVoice @PhD_Genie @PhDspeaks @OpenAcademics @AcademicChatter @ThePhDPlace
I will give a few points which I feel are so important since it helps me overcome my challenges and makes me a better person (at least I think so). I hope this will help you relate to some extent.
1. I can't give my mind idle time to sit and think because otherwise, I will just think of the worst possible circumstances and end up with multiple conclusions about any situation. This made me reach a point where it would become unpleasant and was so discouraging.
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The Science of Scientific Writing!

I don't have to stress about how much a PhD student has to write. Yet, sometimes we find ourselves in such an apprehensive situation that it becomes difficult to write.

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@PhDVoice @OpenAcademics @AcademicChatter @ThePhDPlace @PhD_Genie
These points are helping me in a way to become a better scientific writer day by day. I hope it will help you too.

My major inspiration to write these points is from this article:… which my supervisor suggested.
And I wish, I should have read this many years back. Anyways, you're never too late to learn anything.

Note: If you know these points already, I hope it turns out to be a reminder for you. Happy reading!
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I’ve been training people in how to peer review today.

Here are the top things they didn’t know before the class that they thought you might find helpful 🧵 #AcademicChatter #AcademicTwitter #gradschool #PhDChat #HigherEd #ResearchTip
1. Peer reviewing is an essential research skill. And as with any skill it takes tuition, time, practice, respect and accountability to get right. The more you do it the better you’ll be.

#AcademicChatter #AcademicTwitter #gradschool #PhDChat #HigherEd #ResearchTip
2. Peer reviewing doesn’t just benefit the person who’s work you’re checking. The more research proposals and publications you review the better your research will become.
#AcademicChatter #AcademicTwitter #gradschool #PhDChat #HigherEd #ResearchTip
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And #ECRday2022 is off! We're kicking off with a panel on 'The Early Career Journey' with a team of @qub_belfast experts. Before we get started: some housekeeping! Thanks are due to @DNIRE1, Alice at @QUBPostdoc & @WrayRamona for being so amazingly helpful & supportive 🙏
@DNIRE1 @QUBPostdoc @WrayRamona We also need to thank @QUBResearchPol for the funding that enabled us to pay all our speakers & chairs: only right to reward their time, expertise & generosity!
@DNIRE1 @QUBPostdoc @WrayRamona @QUBResearchPol Speaking of chairs, today we are in the hands of @J_O_McCullough, who is a @nbcdtp PhD Candidate at @ModLangs_QUB. Image
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Looking over all the access measure at #DisGaze22 and imagining what it would be like to apply for a conference and just not need to request accommodations, because meaningful access measures were already planned, by design, into the conference from it's outset. 1/3
There are many many moments where I feel like I cannot safely stay in academia. The rampant ableism makes me feel distanced in so, so many spaces. But scholars like @jaivirdi and conferences like #DisGaze22 give me hope. 2/3
Maybe colleagues can plan for me to be here. Maybe it doesn't have to be me performing access labor every single moment I engage with the academy. Maybe we can normalize best practices by just listening and following models set by disabled scholars. 3/3 #AcademicChatter
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Sharing “April” tweets and threads regarding PhD resources that I wrote. So that it's all in one place. I think it will help me too to find everything together.

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@AcademicChatter @OpenAcademics @PhD_Genie @ThePhDPlace @PhDVoice #AcademicTwitter #scicomm #phdchat
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PhD students: Check these points in your CV when you apply for any awards.

You may be already familiar with some points but still, it's worth reading (I guess)!


@AcademicChatter @OpenAcademics @PhD_Genie @ThePhDPlace @PhDVoice #AcademicTwitter #scicomm #phdchat
I recently had a chance to review some applications for a certain type of award and here are some points I hope can be helpful to you.

The selection process for any awards still depends on many factors but if you think these points may improve your chance then best wishes.
1. Make it simple: A simple and easy to follow CV will provide more insights, stick to one colour and make use of “BOLD” or “italics” wherever necessary.
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A PhD student checklist to keep track of!

It helps me be efficient enough to keep moving ahead in my program. I expect this will help you too!

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@PhDVoice @ThePhDPlace @PhD_Genie @PhDspeaks @CouragePhD @AcademicChatter @OpenAcademics #phdchat #scicomm @PhDForum
1. Weekly summary report: My supervisor has made a point to submit a weekly summary report before every meeting. This has been a game-changer for sure because it helps you keep a track of what you did and what goals to have to set forth.
Here's the weekly summary report format (if you need it).

> Previous Meeting Highlights
> Activities (What you did/accomplished)
> Difficulties (Problems that cropped up / things that stumped you)
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Today's #ResearchTip is referencing is not just for work you are directly quoting. If you've read a book, paper or report, or watched a podcast or someone's talk that is directly informing your work THAT needs citing too! #AcademicChatter #AcademicTwitter #gradschool #PhDChat
A lot of academics seem to believe if they're sharing other people's ideas but from their perspective, or they aren't using a quote or image directly, then this does not need crediting. It does! If you're passing off someone else's work as your own it's unfair and dishonest.
It's very much an issue that academics, often those with higher profiles, lift work from minoritised scholars and/or those not working in universities. They get credit for stuff that is not their work while the original authors remain unacknowledged and further sidelined.
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Tools for your PhD Journey...

I have found a list of “22” things which I have found quite helpful over the years as a researcher, writer and designer.

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@PhDVoice @ThePhDPlace @PhD_Genie @PhDspeaks @CouragePhD @AcademicChatter @OpenAcademics #phdchat #scicomm @PhDForum
1. Digital notebooks like @Labstep and a physical notebook: To write your experiments, short and long-term goals, updates etc.

2. Portable reading tools like @AmazonKindle or iPad. It's easy to carry (anywhere), read, highlight, and jot down notes.
3. Bibliography manager: Not a secret anymore! You can use @zotero and @mendeley_com. Also, @ConnectedPapers to build a graph of similar papers.

4. @unpaywall to access the full text of scholarly articles.
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Today’s #ResearchTip is if you’re writing a substantial piece of work (paper, report, book or dissertation) the help of a writing skills workshop or an editor can vastly improve your tone and messaging. #AcademicTwitter #AcademicChatter #gradschool #MedEd #HigherEd #PhDChat
A lot of us aren’t taught to write at all. And if we are taught it’s to write to a formula for a specific journal. We don’t often get taught basic writing skills, or learn from those whose job it is to communicate with clarity. Reading widely helps, too.
All of us have strengths with how we communicate our research. That might be in how we write and different styles (theoretical, chatty, persuasive, pragmatic). Or in using other ways to share messages including visual and audio options and co-writing with colleagues
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I turned 40 a few days ago. Here's some stuff I learned so far.

Inspired by / reflecting Paul's thread below.
#actwitter #phdchat @ProfessorIsIn
1) The academic world in which your PhD advisors lived is gone: academic jobs are no longer abundant and well payed. Their intuitions about what you should do to be successful are likely unreliable.
2A) The moral injury involved in an academic career is real (100% agree w @ProfPaulRalph). The consumerist model of education, the instrumentalization of knowledge, etc. (all borne out of economic uncertainty for young adults) have undermined our ability to educate.
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