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You shouldn’t have to stay up all night to have a scholarly career.

Here’s how to write more and faster, without sacrificing sleep:

@openacademics @phd_genie #PhDLife
Productivity matters because people don’t always understand the value of what we do. Papers and books help people “see” our contributions.

7 tips for increasing your productivity:
1. Find your tiger time. This is your most productive writing time of day. I thought mine was in the afternoon, but it’s 9:30 - 10:30am.

When you find your tiger time, guard it by blocking it out on your calendar.
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📄 Here's my take on literature review and note-taking in grad school 🙃 ↓

#AcademicTwitter #AcademicChatter #phdchat #phdlife #phd #gradschool @PhDVoice @NotionHQ
📄 I take my notes on the papers that I'm reading in Notion.

I have a Notion page template that I duplicate each time I read a new paper: Image
The template has some useful metadata: the year of the publication, title, web bookmark to the online version, authors, number of citations or any additional comments that I want to make for myself (e.g. Really cool paper! 🚀).

I also made a couple of tags ready to select: Image
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3 story frameworks you can use to make your research presentations 🔥 🧵

1. The Journey
2. The Mystery
3. The Conflict

These 3 frames drive curiosity which will make people want to listen to your talk.

#AcademicChatter #ResearchTalks #ECRChat
1. The Journey

Great for talking about how a project went, reporting or chronological storytelling.

The curiosity driver here is - what we've done/happens next?

#ResearchTalks #PHDChat #ECRChat #Academiclife #PHDLife #Research A sketched image of a path into the sunset. A sign reads &qu
Structurally the journey tends to follow the mountain.

A uphill march towards a goal, with successes and failures along the way.

These ups and downs keep us interested enough to listen to the whole thing.

#AcademicChatter #AcademicTwitter #ResearchTalks Simple drawing of a mountain. at the bottom is the start, at
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Ok #AcademicTwitter. This month, I'm entering my 3rd year of PhD! yayy🎉

I was looking through my 1st research journal and found these "tips" I had written for myself. I thought I'll share them here.

So, here's a 🧵of #PhDtips for those starting their PhD!

#PhDlife #PhDchat Image
1. Maintain a #PhDjournal📒
Experiments, results, failures, meetings w/ guide, seminars, weekly plans, proposal brainstorming, talk prep - everything related to your PhD in one notebook.

(coursework & journal notes can be separate, but I used the same note. 1 note/year for me)
2. Read a lot of journal articles. A lot.
It is the best way to take your research forward!

(I wanted to try the #365papersChallenge, but couldn't keep up. I read way fewer papers than I want myself to. This could be my sign from the universe to step up!)
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#AcademicTwitter Preparing possible VIVA Q&As & going to share some with you. Hope you find them helpful for your own VIVAs. Feel free to add yours!

@PhDVoice @PhD_Genie @dissertology @PartoutProf @career_re #AcademicChatter #Iamnotlazy #vivadayiscoming #VIVAquestions #phdlife
1⃣ Summary

🔵Summarize your project/thesis/research in 3 minutes.
🔵Can you explain your thesis in a sentence?
🔵What is the dissertation about?
🔵What is the key focus of this research?
🔵Elucidate the process of evaluation.

#vivadayiscoming #VIVAquestions
2⃣ Origin Story

🔵Why started this research?
🔵What were the major motivations behind this research?
🔵What was the source of inspiration behind this thesis/research?
🔵What was the process behind the research questions you selected?

#vivadayiscoming #VIVAquestions
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Yesterday I shared a small thread about getting into #DataScience. Today I’ll build on that and share a bit about my own journey into sports analytics, specifically as a #DataScientist in the #football industry. 🧵
My path began with a MSc in Sport & Movement Science @VU_FBW. It’s not computer science or anything, but it does involve quite some #Math, #Statistics and #Physics, as well as a course in programming. Mainly it learned me Science, and gave me a lot of domain knowledge in sports.
I wasn’t planning to become a #DataScientist, but I wanted to work in sports. I did various stints as an embedded sports scientist, mostly internships/part-time, before joining @ZZLEIDENBASKETB. Those jobs involved data & science, but it wasn’t anything close to #DataScience.
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In Phd Year 2, I submitted to 3 peer-reviewed journals. 1 gave a desk reject. 1 gave me peer reviewers' rejection. 1's results are awaited. All the editors were super kind & gave lots of advice. Here is what I learnt 🧵(1/n): #PhDVoice #phdlife #AcademicTwitter #AcademicChatter
Shortlist main journals in your field. Read their latest issues to understand genre expectations. For eg. some may prefer statements of positionality, some might not. Some may like only qualitative data while others are impressed with mixed methods etc. (2/n) #AcademicChatter
Your lit review v.imp. Cite: a) imp. folks in your field on the research area [everyone knows this]; b) but also papers in your target journal on that area! [I had no idea about this]. This shows fitness for conversation for that particular journal. Most imp criteria. (3/n)
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Are you starting your career as an assistant professor and guiding #PhD students for the first time?
Here are a few mentoring tips from the perspective of a current PhD student that may help you.

@AcademicChatter @PhDVoice @PhD_Genie #research @PhDsofIndia
1) Never keep lab meetings on Monday, Tuesday and weekends. Putting on Monday or Tuesday will force them to work on weekends. Respect the social life of PhD students. It's also good for their mental wellbeing.

2) Regularly talk about the long term and short term impact that the PhD project is going to produce, like patents, high impact journal papers as well as the societal impact. This will motivate the PhD scholars to work harder, smarter and better.
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Have you ever searched for "How to do a #LiteratureReview quickly/in 1 day/3 hours"?
And then spend the entire time getting lost in searching/ wallowing in tangential directions?

Here is a🧵on Quick #LitRev technique...

#AcWri #AcademicTwitter #PhDtips #phdlife #ScienceTwitter Image
From my fair share of struggle with literature reviews, I devised a technique that helped me do *quick* literature surveys, especially when I needed to
- write a #grant #proposal
- improve a half-written #manuscript
- learn a new method/theory

So, here you go...
1️⃣Collecting literature: Research Rabbit App

My go-to tool for literature discovery+visualize connection b/w them. (very essential for writing your LitRev, as you will need to draw connections between different works.) Image
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New episode out today! Join us for a conversation with @LesinskiLab where we chat about his professional journey and his career as a translational researcher. Listen in and hear some #sciencebehindthescenes. #behindthemicroscope
@LesinskiLab @WinshipAtEmory @EmoryMedicine @EmoryUniversity @A_P_S_A @sitcancer @CancerBioEmory @laneygradschool @LaneyEDGE @emoryhealthcare Dr. Lesinski (@LesinskiLab) completed his undergraduate studies at @bgsu before continuing on to Medical College of Ohio (now @UToledoMed) to complete his PhD in biomedical sciences.
He then continued on to @OhioState to complete a postdoctoral fellowship and an MPH in clinical investigation, eventually joining the faculty at @OhioStateMed.
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Parece que si hay interés así que ahí les va:


Estos tips están basados en el concepto de #BetterPoster de Mike Morrison @mikemorrison

Lo primero que hay que tomar en cuenta es que una sesión de pósters en un #congreso es un espacio donde hay 50, 100 o más personas presentando su trabajo 👩🏻‍🏫 y, de entrada, es imposible que alguien los vea todos con detenimiento y cache de qué van 🥴


Por lo tanto, el póster tradicional (una mini versión de un artículo con introducción, métodos, etc📃) no es la mejor idea ya que requiere demasiada atención para poder comprender toooodo el contexto de la #investigación y las implicaciones de nuestros resultados

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WHY MEDS WORK AND WHY ITS NORMAL TO BE HESITANT TO TAKE THEM AT FIRST: A thread 🧵(slightly long read so bear with me)
Today was the 1st group meeting of the sem! I usually have silent panic attacks every meeting & mask it by staying silent since everyone in my group sounds so smart & they know what they're doing as opposed to me who's not been able to generate a single dataset in the last year +
I was diagnosed with anxiety & depression a couple of months ago - I was really really scared to take meds since I couldn't believe I wasn't strong enough to produce the chemicals I needed. It took a great deal of persuading from my psychiatrist to start them and cut to today, +
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I missed some red flags when I interviewed for my first grad program a few years ago, so here are some questions I think are worth asking during PhD interviews, a #Thread

#AcademicChatter #PhDLife #AcademicTwitter
1. Ask about housing. Availability, pricing, distance, quality. Worth it.
2. Ask students whether they have friends, and whether their friends are mostly in their program or something else.
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Things I wish I had known before I started the PhD: A thread 🧵

#AcademicTwitter #phdlife #phdchat @OpenAcademics @PhDVoice
Doing a PhD is difficult and takes years of effort and dedication. At first, you will probably not quite understand what you have to do. Don't panic. Give yourself time, little by little you will learn and understand.
Don't want to learn everything at once. You have a lot to learn and you are not going to do it in a day, a week or a month. You must understand that knowledge is not acquired quickly and that patience and perseverance are your greatest allies.
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#Gradschool interview questions & guided answers (I)

A. About yourself
- Academic history
- Current work
- Research interest

B. Why do you want a PhD degree?
- Your goal
- How a PhD degree will help you to reach your goal

#phdvoice #AcademicTwitter #Phd #phdlife #scholarship
C. Why the school?
- 3 indexes from your research about the school; for instance:
- faculty to student ratio
- publication index (e.g. nature index)
- national ranking
- Environment
- Core and facilities - how they will advance your learning
- Library holdings
D. About your previous research
- A brilliant summary of one major research with the following guide
- background
- technique - this will reveal your expertise
- results
- significance
- your major role in the research
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As 2021 comes to a close, I’ve had some time to reflect on my grad school experiences. Here are 10 nuggets of advice / lessons I’ve learned during PhD-land so far💡. A 🧵:
1: Before joining a lab, talk to every current member one-on-one.

Carve out time to have coffee chats with each person during your rotation. Ask about their experiences, any pain points, and whether they’d join again. You can learn so much from these conversations!
2. During lab meetings, ask those “dumb” questions.

Sometimes, I feel embarrassed to ask a question because I assume everyone else already knows the answer, but chances are, if you’re wondering something, someone else is wondering too.
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Yüksek lisans ve doktora öğrencileri için araştırma ve yazım süreçlerinde kullanabilecekleri bazı pratik araçları sıraladım 🧵

#AcademicTwitter #phdlife
1⃣ Kaynak taraması ve arşivlenmesi tez/makale yazım süreçlerinin ilk adımıdır. Bu adımda kullanılabilecek en iyi araçlardan biri "Mendeley":

• Kaynakları yönetmenize,
• Notlar alabilmenize,
• Referans vermek için istenilen formatta dışarıya aktarabilmenize yardımcı olur.
2⃣ Tez/makale yazmanın en sinir bozucu kısmı MS Word'de yaşadığımız sorunlardır. Ayrıca artık bir çok dergi/enstitü çalışamları, LaTeX formatını kabul etmektedir.

Ortak çalışabilme gibi artıları da olan en iyi editör Overleaf, LaTeX dökümanlar oluşturmak için eşsiz bir çözümdür.
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I have discovered a multitude of helpful research-related tools over the course of my #PhD - this is a thread with all of them! 🔥

📚 Bookmark this thread and feel free to add more tools in the comments!

#AcademicTwitter #phdlife #AcademicChatter
1) If you don’t know who to suggest as a reviewer or what journal to submit your paper to, check out JANE – the Journal-Author-Name-Estimator. Image
2) If you want to know about the review process and manuscript handling, check out the Journal Rater by @PhDVoice. Because “life’s too short to put up with reviewer 2’s”.
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I submitted my official withdrawal from my PhD program today.

I intended to wait until the dust settled before trying to put words to the feelings I’m experiencing, but some things just cannot wait. I have so much to say & I’m not sure where to start. I suppose I’ll begin here—
This decision has been one of the more difficult of my life, but I’ve come to have no reservations in trusting that it is the right one. I have dreamt of obtaining my PhD all my life, but the circumstances that both life and academia have presented me with have led me to conclude
that the time is not right to pursue such a dream. After a difficult year tainted by emotional lows and tough relapses in recovery from an eating disorder that I’ve yet to free myself from, I grew fearful and doubtful of my potential to reach a full enough recovery that would
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Some thoughts about living with invisible illness and academia... 🧵

#AcademicTwitter @AcademicChatter #AcademicChatter #phdchat #phdlife #MultipleSclerosis
I've lived with autoimmune disease for two decades. I have always felt it was something I needed to hide in my career - a sign of weakness, something that might make people not want to work with me or give me opportunities. (I blame The West Wing, but that is another story). 2/🧵
This year I started my #AcademiaMadeEasier newsletter, with ideas to make academic work a bit easier with small steps to promote productivity & protect work-life balance. From the start, I was very open about the fact that I live with chronic disease. 3/🧵…
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I've reviewed about 14 statements of purpose this year from students and friends applying to #gradschool across MS CS, Data Science, Ph.D. CS, EE, and AI/ML-focused programs. Here's a 🧵of what I learned.

#AcademicChatter #SOP #phdlife
1. You need 2-3 weeks of writing with a solid 1.5-week gap in the middle to get that 'fresh' perspective on your own professional journey. Start early!
2. Being objective* about your experience is far, far better than 'weaving stories'.

*a 3-liner with motivation, technical contribution, quantifiable outcome.
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1/n - As a grad student/fellow for 5 years, the experience isn’t a whole lot. However, permit me to share a few tips/lessons I have learned in grad school for the benefit of intending grad student.

#AcademicTwitter #AcademicChatter #phdlife #phd #msc #gradlife #graduateschool
2/n - You should not underestimate the importance of reading and studying. There’s always something new in your field. One of the best things you can do for yourself is to be aware of advancements in your field. It will help you look forward to “what’s next” in the field.
3/n - Before you’re in grad school (I’d put this up there too), do a great deal of research into your choice of mentor. That mentor will play a great role in shaping what kind of researcher/student you become. Trust me, you want to watch the kind of shoulders you stand on.
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After 6 years in grad school and 3 advisors here's what I learned @AcademicChatter @hapyresearchers @CouragePhD @PhdExhausted @OpenAcademics #phdchat #phdlife 1/24
1) Learn how to write well ASAP: Some people say that there's no need in learning how to write when starting your PhD because you don't have any data yet. But consider this – writing well takes years to learn, and even some more years to learn how to do it relatively well. 2/24
The way I see it, even if you don't write papers, you're constantly writing emails, and try to explain complex ideas in texts, and in conversations to colleagues, family etc. There are some ground rules for good texts in general, be it scientific or not (e.g., how to phrase 3/24
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