January 27, 2023

Viva las Viva

I had the absolute pleasure of chatting with the most awesome Dr Amanda Taylor today. She recommended that I listen to a podcast on Viva Survivors by Dr George Julian who is the creator of Viva Cards as it talks about how she prepared for her viva. Now while my own Viva is a long way off for me, I figured it might help to focus my weary brain so I’m currently listening to it …

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Heuristic Inquiry : the search for knowledge on You Tube !

A well spent hour wandering around You Tube lunchtime for videos on Heuristic Inquiry (Moustakas 1990) and thought it would be a good idea to shove them in a post so I can find them again. This is a new one (well 2021) by Partick Martin – quite useful in terms of outlining the stages etc This one came up again – I watched this one ages ago which is a Prezi by Alice Schelgel …

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Qualitative Interviewing

This seems to be a helpful video by James Woodall. Only half way through it at the moment and it’s geared mostly geared towards in person interviews rather than online but still helpful. Also found this paper (McGrath et al 2019) really helpful in terms of offering practical hints and tips https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/0142159X.2018.1497149 Still hunting down advice for conducting online semi structured qualitative and/or heuristic interviews to complement the excellent guidance given by Nevine Sultan 😉 …

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Productivity and the PhD

Just finished listening to this gem from the PhD Liferaft Podcast … Particularly like the concept around aligning your environment to help make things easier for you to get stuff done. Alison tells the story about trying to get into the habit of drinking more water each day and despite it being on her to do list it just didn’t happen .. however setting up her environment but getting a chopping board and lemon ready …

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PhD Workflow

I’m always searching for the ideal workflow in terms of my PhD Research. You would think that having been a PhD student for five years I might actually have it sussed by now but sadly not. I have tried to summarise what I actually do but still not convinced any of this is actually effective ! Product What I use it for Evernote Useful clips, uploading as ‘brain dump’ from my mobile that I come …

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This is a useful blog post by Steve Rose ( also has a nice handy audio version too) https://steverosephd.com/procrastination-is-not-laziness/ I especially like the bit where Steve suggests that to overcome procrastination, there are four things that might help, namely Focus on progress, not perfection  Clarify your “why” Reduce the need for willpower  Set small goals  Steve Rose phD

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Darwin Days

I came across this blog post on PhD Progress by Catherine Pope which really resonated with me. Worth a look if you are feeling that you are struggling to do anything .. I seem to have rather a lot of these ! My list of stuff that I can do when I am just not feeling it looks a bit like this Check Regulations Downloading / Sorting Articles Formatting Organising Checking Citations

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PhD Study Tips

I am always on the hunt for useful stuff about how to manage doing a PhD. I’m never sure of the right way to actually keep all this stuff in one place. I’ve tried loads of things over the last few years and none of them have actually stood the test of time. So for now I think what I will do is just do them as little blog posts and categorise them as ‘PhD …

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