How to make online teaching videos engaging

Many of us working within the field of academia have transitioned to online teaching (either partially or completely). As I am an online academic, even when social distancing is no longer implemented, I am sharing some of my online teaching tips. If you want to read my general tips for online teaching click here. Making content videos engaging and insightful […]

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Day in the Life of an Early Career Academic

I have shared many ‘day in the life of’ posts previously, however this is my first as an Early Career Academic! 6.36am- A slightly earlier start than usual today. Up, showered and dressed! 7.21am- Waiting at the train station! I am still getting used to this whole ‘going into the office thing’ and ‘having to catch the train’ thing (although […]

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My PhD Story Part 2

Click here to read part 1 Second year arrived quickly, and I had settled into the groove of being a PhD student. I was busy, but I had come to accept my busyness. In fact my busyness had become a defining part of me, for better or worse. I was chipping away at my data collection for my first study […]

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My PhD Story Part 1

From the very start of the dr.ofwhat blog, I have envisioned writing this particularly post. The story of my PhD. I started my PhD in 2016, I was a 22 year old starry-eyed, passionate student. I have always been innately curious, and my desire to find out stuff is what led me to starting my PhD. I was incredibly excited and felt honoured to be paid (I was scholarship funded) to research an area that I was genuinely interested in. I didn’t really have a clear idea about what I wanted to do long term, but academia was the front runner. I was also excited to have that Dr. title (as superficial as that sounds). Aside from all the positive things that I felt about starting my PhD, imposter syndrome was also very high. It did not take me long to identify how much of a steep learning curve this experience was going to be, academically, professionally, and personally.    I was also lucky enough to be starting my PhD with two fellow students who I had grown close to in honours year and I met a fellow conservation psychology researcher in the office. These three girls quickly became an integral part of my life and to date they are still some of my most favourite people. The first year of the PhD was actually a bit of a drag. I started the year so excited and passionate and ready […]

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Some tips for online teaching

Like with many people’s jobs around the world, academia has had a large switch up this year with social distancing and lock down restrictions implemented across the world. This has meant that many of us have been adapting to life online for teaching. I have been fortunate enough to land a year contract as an online course facilitator (online lecturer) […]

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A PhD & Money

A common question that arises when on the discussion of PhDs is how do PhD candidates make money? While I can only speak on this topic in an Australian context, I  wanted to provide a little overview. Firstly, PhD students in Australia can be awarded a scholarship which covers stipend (living expenses). Not all students receive scholarships and my understanding […]

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A Case of Workaholism

I am a workaholic. There is no denying that. People who know me know that I work a lot. I have had a really interesting relationship with my workaholic tendencies. When I was younger, in early undergraduate years, I was extremely proud of this. Boasting that I worked 30+ hours a week whilst also doing large amounts of study and […]

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The drag of publishing my PhD

I have just submitted my revisions for a journal article publication, and man was it a drag. It felt as though I was crawling to get these revisions done. I asked for an extension on the revisions which was the first extension that I have ever asked for. Unsure if I should be proud or concerned about that. Regardless, I […]

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