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What is a PhD?

“Is a PhD one year?” “So you will be a doctor?” “But not a medicine doctor?” “A P h What?” These are all questions I have been asked since I applied for a PhD at the end of last year. I do not blame people for not knowing what a PhD is, to be truthful I knew very little about it until I started one myself, and I definitely did not know anything about a PhD before I started my undergraduate course. Firstly what does a PhD stand for? Doctor of Philosophy (not Doctor of Psychology like most of us psych students thought- we sometimes think the world revolves around us). So anybody who is completing a PhD is studying a Doctorate of Philosophy, however depending on their research field will specialise in a specific area. Such as, I am completing a PhD in conservation psychology. What is the degree? Basically, a PhD is a postgraduate course which takes at least three years to complete. PhD students conduct their own research (under the supervision of expert academics) which is original and contributes knowledge. This will generally involve producing a thesis (around 80,000 words) which includes writing introductory chapters, collecting data (eg. surveying people, analysing specimen in laboratories or testing new technology), writing up the results and then discussing what the results mean (this is a very basic description!). People completing a PhD in fields such as literacy or art may […]

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Concentration playlist

What is the first thing many of us do when we sit down to write a piece of work? Put on a playlist of course! When the piece of work you are tackling needs your concentration you require just the right playlist to not take away your attention but also to not put you to sleep. So I have come up with a short playlist of some mellow songs to help you breeze through that next piece of work! It is the perfect length of time (approximately half an hour) to have a solid writing session and then when the playlist is over reward yourself with a short break and go for a walk, or check Instagram or come back on dr.ofwhat ! Go put on the kettle, untangle your headphones and get ready to write! Whole Wide World- Bahamas This song will make you want to go and get on a plane to Tahiti… wait there are sharks, dolphins and wifi in Tahiti right? Webjet here I come! Bloom- The Paper Kites Do you want to feel like you are sleeping in a field of flowers surrounded by butterflies? I am assuming yes? So listen up! All your favourite bands- Dawes “may all your favourite bands stay together” – I will forever wish this upon all of you Romeo & Juliet- Dire straights For me this song reminds me of my beautiful sister because it is her favourite song, for you […]

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Conservation Psychology 101

I get frequent befuddled looks when I explain to family and friends what my PhD topic is. “How are you studying sharks and dolphins when you do psychology?” they all ask. I am also sure that during these conversations their minds begin to imagine a shark laying down on a couch being psychoanalysed. The first answer to this question is […]

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Wednesday Word of the Week

Wednesday word of the Week I thought it would be beneficial to have a ‘Wednesday word of the week’ each week as I know I always struggle to find that synonym that is just right for what you are trying to say. We can all try to use each Wednesday word of the week in any piece of writing they are currently working on. This weeks (8th of June) Wednesday word of the Week: Cognisant (or cognizant): Having knowledge or awareness. #wedwordweek

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Coffee Cactus

A wise person once told me- “there is no productivity without coffee”- okay so I whisper this to myself every morning as I drink my one (or two) cups of coffee whilst answering emails (but I stand by the wise title!). If you are a person who survives without a morning caffeine kick then kudos to you! When I finished my […]

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Pinboard Worthy Quotes

To optimise your productivity, I strongly believe having a bright pinboard full of inspiration in your work space is key. An important addition to any  pinboard is an inspirational quote for you to look at instead of you computer screen  (irony at its finest). Here are some quotes (including some originals!) that you should print out and pin up immediately! 1) “& promise me you will shine in any universe you are orbiting in.” 2) “Your profession is not what brings home the weekly pay check, your profession is what you’re put here on earth to do, with such passion and such intensity that is becomes spiritual in calling” – Vincent Van Gogh 3) “It always seems impossible until it’s done”– Nelson Mandela 4) “There is plenty of sunshine between sunrise and sunset” 5) “I began to realise how important it was to be an enthusiast in life. If you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it full speed. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it and above all became passionate about it. Lukewarm is no good.”– Roald Dahl 6) “Go to bed every night being grateful for something that happened in that day and excited for something happening the next day.” 7) “I’m still learning”– Michelangelo What is your favourite inspirational quote? #pinboardinspo

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