This is how I overcame writer's block to write a PhD thesis in less than 3 months:
Start with a Plan
Having a clear outline or structure for your thesis can provide a roadmap that makes the writing process feel less overwhelming. Break down your thesis into smaller sections and set goals for each writing session.
Aug 9 • 8 tweets • 3 min read
Stop using ChatGPT for understanding research papers.
Instead, use Perplexity which is an AI powered app, where you can upload a document and ask questions about it.
Here's how I save hours every week:
First, upload a research paper that you want to ask questions about.
Start asking your questions directly to your research paper.
Jul 23 • 9 tweets • 2 min read
All learning and memory happen because of neuroplasticity, however, this declines with age.
Here's how to stop your brain from 'switching off':
Reading is one of the most effective ways to expand your knowledge. Read books, articles, news, and other informative content on subjects that interest you. Explore both fiction and non-fiction to gain different perspectives and insights.
Jul 19 • 9 tweets • 2 min read
My parents just graduated their 4th Dr out of their 5 children.
I graduated with a PhD in cancer research, my brother is a dentist, my first sister is a medical doctor and my second sister is a dentist.
This is how they cultivated an academic home: 1. Being active & present, especially in high school
My parents would never miss a single meeting with teachers, would interrogate every grade/report card and would know when we had homework/coursework.
This involvement blended our home and school life seamlessly.
Jul 11 • 10 tweets • 3 min read
Don’t waste time using ChatGPT or QuillBot to write your thesis.
Instead, use Paperpal which is an AI-powered app.
Here’s how I get high-quality academic writing in minutes:
Paperpal can be used (1) on the web or (2) installed as a Word Add-In.
I prefer to use the Word Add-in to edit as I write – this saves hours of time and supports a seamless writing experience.
Jul 10 • 11 tweets • 4 min read
I have four university degrees - BSc, MRes, PhD and PGCE.
My success if a result of refining how I study and learn new information.
Here are my top 10 learning strategies:
1. Plan and manage your time.
Use a paper planner or a planning app like Notion or Apple Reminders - whatever works for you. If it’s not in writing, it probably won’t happen.
Jun 29 • 9 tweets • 3 min read
Don’t waste time using ChatGPT for your literature review.
It provides incorrect references and out-of-date information.
Instead, use R Discovery which is a free AI-powered app.
This workflow using R Discovery allows me to quickly write an excellent lit review:
The first step of writing a literature review is the most challenging. Finding the most recent & relevant research papers is time consuming.
First, download the R Discovery app.
Jun 27 • 9 tweets • 2 min read
Excellent grades are not enough to be accepted into a top university.
96.4% of students do not know how to write a personal statement.
Here's how to structure and write a top Master's/PhD personal statement:
1) Current Studies
How do your current studies relate to your postgraduate application?
Mention related subject areas that show a base of knowledge.
Discuss related projects, including group, lab and individual projects, research skills, experimental methodology etc
Jun 19 • 15 tweets • 3 min read
Here's a list of 50 useful sentences for excellent academic writing.
It will take 5 minutes to add these to your dissertation:
a. Along similar lines, [X] argues that ___.
b. There seems to be no compelling reason to argue that ___.
c. There are [three] main arguments that can be advanced to support ___.
d. [X]’s argument in favor of / against [Y] runs as follows: ___.
Jun 18 • 5 tweets • 2 min read
Hi 👋🏽 I am the founder of The Page Doctor, where we connect students-in-need to PhD researchers to help with reaching academic goals @ThePageDr
We are a team of PhD researchers and PostDocs from British universities, with decades of experience. We offer tailored support through mentorships, proofreading, feedback, scaffolded resources, online courses, eBooks and so much more.
Jun 17 • 11 tweets • 2 min read
The world smartest children are found in China.
This is how Chinese students study to rank first worldwide:
Chinese students are known for their academic excellence, and for good reason. They study hard and are often willing to put in long hours to achieve their goals.
Jun 14 • 7 tweets • 3 min read
How I designed an award-winning academic poster at @ucl:
You have only a few seconds to grab attention.
Successful posters have a ratio of 20 – 25% text, 40 – 45% graphics, 30 – 40% empty space.
Jun 11 • 6 tweets • 2 min read
Last year, I balanced a full-time 9-5 job, a business with 15 staff, creating social media campaigns for brands, scripting/recording weekly YouTube videos, attending a business accelerator programme, two toddlers and much more.
👉🏽 Here are my 10 hacks for life organisation:
1 - take time to organise in the morning (to plan)
2 - build an automated system (to run effectively)
3 - batch similar tasks together (to work efficiently)
4 - balance rest & work (to relax)
5 - use the Eisenhower matrix (to prioritise)
Jun 10 • 11 tweets • 3 min read
UCL players and PhD students are the same.
This is how:
- They play the long game
A #UCLfinal championship isn’t won after one experiment. A PhD isn’t gained after one experiment.
Both work long and hard to perfect their skill, iteratively improving to the point of expertise.