PhD top-tips…

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Thank-you everybody who attended and contributed to the Landscape Surgery session last week on top-tips  (21st Jan 2014).

It seemed like everybody had lots to say, and we have a set of topics stored up for the next top-tips session which will be after easter.  In the mean time, here is an attempt to collect together all the great resources and tips that came through in the session and that people posted on twitter and e-mailed me.

Here is a link to the storified tweets ( thanks Simon and Laura for pointing me towards this)

http://storify.com/HarrietGeogArt/phd-top-tips

Thanks all for your contributions…

Please keep adding via the comments function below or reposting

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Dealing with those reviewers….  you know- the ones that never agree…. 

Steph Morrice’s  advice would be:
*Conflicting reviewer comments can be daunting. ie. One reviewer suggests you shrink the theoretical section and expand the empirical, the other suggests the opposite. You need to make a reasoned decision as to which, if either, you agree with and make an argument for why. In the past, I’ve asked the editor for guidance with this.
*Realise that you do not need to make changes to your paper in response to every single reviewer comment. If you don’t agree with a reviewer’s suggestion, explain why. Remember that you are entitled to a good argument.
*Response letters should be clear and well-numbered, first addressing any major issues raised by the reviewers and then followed by a more detailed comments. I normally start by creating a basic two columned table. On the left, I copy all the comments from reviewers (one per box) and on the right I summarise and explain my response.
*In my experience, the entire submission/resubmission process can be quite lengthy, but the general advice I would give is:  not to be discouraged by “major revisions”. If an editor asks you to resubmit, this is still a positive outcome. And to try not to be disheartened by negative comments – it can be frustrating having your hard work critiqued, but I would recommend keeping an open mind – and giving yourself a day or two, even a week, before tackling the comments.

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I’ll do that later…tomorrow… next week… procrastination:

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When it all gets a little bit out of perspective… 

http://www.businessinsider.com/the-illustrated-guide-to-a-phd-2012-3?fb_action_ids=10202034609920291&fb_action_types=og.recommends&fb_source=aggregation&fb_aggregation_id=288381481237582

Practical tips for working… 
Search 25: http://www.search25.ac.uk/.  Lets you search all libraries in London for resources at once.
 Book Darts are great: http://www.bookdarts.com/

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Do you ever think one day everybody else is going to realise you don’t belong here? 

 Imposter syndrome…
Maybe this is a function of the neo-liberal academia?
Other great things to read:
Also a huge list… thanks Amy and others
 how and why imposter syndrome can be seen as a good thing (opposite of complacency, etc.):
Kirsty Rolfe “Avoiding the bears”- an amazing cartoon blog, check out these…

http://avoidingthebears.wordpress.com/2013/05/01/when-monographs-attack/

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Academia, PhDs and depression/ anxiety: exploding the tyranny… 

You know how it goes… you are so lucky to be here… it is amazing chance… you should love every second of it… of all the different myths perpetuated within the academy it seems the one where we all pretend we are all ok and things are going great, and that we are superhuman and can do everything is perhaps the most dangerous.
Here are a set of resources collected from a number of surgeons that help explode the tyranny of silence around how tough this process can be.
the key message:  you are not alone, please come and talk to us if any of this strikes a chord
Online ebook, Advice to a Troubled PhD Student http://www.academicjoy.net/TroubledPhDstudent.pdf
An incredible honest and intellectual exploration of Depression as a public feeling, that begins from the personal experiences of the author: Ann Cvetkovich, Depression: A public feeling (2012) Duke University Press  https://www.dukeupress.edu/Depression/
 I can not recommend this book enough.
Academic Mindfulness: http://socialmindfulness.wordpress.com/2012/01/20/mindful-academia/
blogs and articles:
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One thought on “PhD top-tips…

  1. simoniancook says:

    Reblogged this on Jographies and commented:

    Some great top tips, PhD advice and academia guidance from Landscape Surgery. This is post stems from the latest Social and Cultural Geography research group meeting that took place last Tuesday. Was a great session to be part of and I think there are many more planned, so keep your eyes and twitter feeds open!

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