Working towards a PhD can be one of the most rewarding things you’ll ever do, but at times it can also be one of the most alienating things. While everyone’s PhD experience is different, you can be sure the general trials and tribulations of postgrad life have been well-documented online, offering everything from help to humour in a digestible blog format.
Here’s our pick of the best PhD blogs which will inspire you, make you laugh and hopefully motivate you.
Need a helping hand?
General life hacks for the PhD student.
Latest three blog posts: ‘School is out for Summer!’, ‘In praise of academic spouses’ and ‘I want to leave academia – what’s next?’.
Now handily coming in an English version, this popular blog muses on the process of researching and writing your thesis.
Have a laugh
If you’ve never visited this site before, start with the 200 most popular comics; you’ll relate to at least 180.
Get some motivation
Patter is just really useful. Patter is Pat Thomson, Professor of Education in the School of Education, The University of Nottingham and her blog provides grammar and writing tips as well as useful general advice. Who can resist a blog entry called deep into writing the thesis? don’t forget to yodelayeehoo ?
Empathise with me
The questions you think you should definitely know the answer to, the random things that prove the most difficult; you can bet other people have thought them. And then blogged about them.
Latest three posts: ‘Winging it at question time (a primer)’, ‘The Form of the Good (PhD Student)’ and ‘The virtues and vices of PhD students’.
After constantly hearing that “academia eats at your soul, breaks you down, and does not let you have a life outside of work”, Tanya Golash-Boza worked at finding a work life balance and now shares her thoughts and tips for making the of your time and learning how to be an academic and have a life,
Relate to a fellow ‘UoM-er’ and hear from our own PhD bloggers
For something a little closer to home, check out what our PhD student news bloggers Unéné, Frances, Rhodes and Ali have to say. At different stages of their journey, there’s lots of sharing of experiences – from starting a PhD to finishing one and everything in between.