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Each day we send a short, thought-provoking email that will make you think differently about what it means to be a PhD student. They’re designed to be read in thirty seconds and thought about all day.

How to improve the quality of your writing 

Writing a PhD is hard. Writing a PhD clearly and concisely is even harder. Here we offer advice on how to write with greater clarity and purpose. 

80 things I wish I knew when I was doing my PhD

80 things I wish I knew when I was doing my PhD

Often, the difference between unnecessary worry and successfully muddling through is having someone on your side who can tell you that what you’re feeling is normal and reassure you with good, practical advice that speaks to the core of you. That is the goal of this article.

How to edit a PhD thesis (without going mad)

How to edit a PhD thesis (without going mad)

Your thesis takes a lot of time to research, ideate, and write. Here’s how to properly edit a PhD thesis such that you impress your examiners and achieve even greater success.

What to do if you lack motivation in your PhD

What to do if you lack motivation in your PhD

Motivation is elusive. Some days you have it and others you don’t. Well, having fluctuations in your motivation is normal and to be expected. If you took ten PhD students, how many do you think would say they’re highly motivated all the time? Not many, I imagine.

What you should know if you are self-isolating during your PhD

What you should know if you are self-isolating during your PhD

This post has been published in direct response to recent calls by governments around the world to encourage more people to work from home. We wanted to create a resource that talked specifically to PhD students in order to advise them on steps they could take to ease the transition to home-working. Towards the end of these guidelines are specifically tips for those who currently teach as part of their PhD workload.

6 Things New PhD Students Should Know

6 Things New PhD Students Should Know

Noting can ever fully prepare you for the intellectual, physical and emotional assault that comes with doing a PhD. Everyone does a PhD for very personal reasons, and everyone finds them challenging in unique and varied ways. What for one person may seem like a death-blow may to others be nothing more than a minor inconvenience. However, in this post I want to discuss the six things that every new PhD student should know. They’re things that I learnt the hard way during my PhD, and which I’ve seen time and time again in my career as an academic, PhD thesis proofreader and PhD coach.

6 ways to overcome PhD loneliness

6 ways to overcome PhD loneliness

PhDs can be the loneliest places in the world. You may be part of a bigger cohort of students in your department, but ultimately it’s down to you to power on through, turn up every day, make decisions and deal with problems. It’s you that has to carry around the weight and anxiety that accompany your PhD, and it’s you who has to constantly find a way over what seem like insurmountable hurdles, problems and sticking points.

The 9 most effective ways to achieve PhD success

The 9 most effective ways to achieve PhD success

  Writing a PhD is physically, intellectually and emotionally daunting. You may spend each day doubting yourself, not sure if you’re making the right choices and unsure whether you’ve got what it takes. During my life, I’ve helped thousands of PhD students like...

Infographic: Strategies for ESL PhD Students

Infographic: Strategies for ESL PhD Students

Writing a PhD when English is your second language is a challenge. We’ve put together an infographic that will help you to improve the way you understand the PhD writing process.

7 Ways To Beat PhD Writer’s Block

7 Ways To Beat PhD Writer’s Block

Then the deadline grows shorter. You start to worry, “I’m so far behind. Can I ever catch up? I’m a good student. So why haven’t I been more productive?”

Easily understand how to write a thesis introduction

Easily understand how to write a thesis introduction

Get the introduction right and the rest of your dissertation will follow. Mess it up and you’ll be struggling to catch up. The introduction is the place to factually recount what it is you will be discussing in the thesis. Learn more in this detailed guide.

Is English Your Second Language? Here Are 7 Ways To Improve Your Academic Writing

Is English Your Second Language? Here Are 7 Ways To Improve Your Academic Writing

Writing a PhD when English is your second language is scary. It’s scary enough when English is your first language. 80,000 words, sometimes even more, in a technical language and at the highest level of academic rigour. Terrifying, right? We’ve proofread countless PhDs from people just like you and one thing stands out – you’re doing great.

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How to increase your productivity and stay motivated

Writing well is one thing, writing efficiently and staying motivated while you do so is another. Read our guides for tips on how to up your productivity game.

80 things I wish I knew when I was doing my PhD

80 things I wish I knew when I was doing my PhD

Often, the difference between unnecessary worry and successfully muddling through is having someone on your side who can tell you that what you’re feeling is normal and reassure you with good, practical advice that speaks to the core of you. That is the goal of this article.

What to do if you lack motivation in your PhD

What to do if you lack motivation in your PhD

Motivation is elusive. Some days you have it and others you don’t. Well, having fluctuations in your motivation is normal and to be expected. If you took ten PhD students, how many do you think would say they’re highly motivated all the time? Not many, I imagine.

What you should know if you are self-isolating during your PhD

What you should know if you are self-isolating during your PhD

This post has been published in direct response to recent calls by governments around the world to encourage more people to work from home. We wanted to create a resource that talked specifically to PhD students in order to advise them on steps they could take to ease the transition to home-working. Towards the end of these guidelines are specifically tips for those who currently teach as part of their PhD workload.

6 Things New PhD Students Should Know

6 Things New PhD Students Should Know

Noting can ever fully prepare you for the intellectual, physical and emotional assault that comes with doing a PhD. Everyone does a PhD for very personal reasons, and everyone finds them challenging in unique and varied ways. What for one person may seem like a death-blow may to others be nothing more than a minor inconvenience. However, in this post I want to discuss the six things that every new PhD student should know. They’re things that I learnt the hard way during my PhD, and which I’ve seen time and time again in my career as an academic, PhD thesis proofreader and PhD coach.

Five tips to improve your PhD thesis

Five tips to improve your PhD thesis

Regardless of what stage of the writing process you are at, there are five overarching tips you need to keep in mind if you want to improve your PhD thesis.

How to deal with post-viva PhD thesis corrections

How to deal with post-viva PhD thesis corrections

We like to think that the viva is the end of the doctoral process; the final step in the long journey to a PhD. But, for most, it isn’t the final hurdle. The outcome of the viva in most cases is another three to sixth months work to deal with corrections.

7 Ways To Beat PhD Writer’s Block

7 Ways To Beat PhD Writer’s Block

Then the deadline grows shorter. You start to worry, “I’m so far behind. Can I ever catch up? I’m a good student. So why haven’t I been more productive?”

A Handy PhD Submission Checklist

A Handy PhD Submission Checklist

Your work isn’t finished when you’ve written your thesis and had it proofread. There is still a surprising amount of administrative work to do before you are ready to submit. Don’t underestimate the amount of time it will take to turn your finished text into a final, bound copy.

Need a writing check up?

If you’re struggling to write your thesis in fluent, error-free English you can either keep struggling or get expert support.

We’re the world’s most popular PhD thesis proofreaders. With our help, your thesis will read as if a native English speaker wrote it. That way, you can maximise your chances of success by making sure your thesis is fluent, error free and right first time. 

Over 6,000 students from around the world have trusted us to help them graduate and 80% of our clients are referred by friends and colleagues. 

Click the red button to see why hiring us to proofread your thesis may be the best investment you ever make.

How to plan and structure a PhD thesis

Our guides can show you the best way to structure every element of your thesis and give you the confidence to shine. 

Five tips to improve your PhD thesis

Five tips to improve your PhD thesis

Regardless of what stage of the writing process you are at, there are five overarching tips you need to keep in mind if you want to improve your PhD thesis.

Easily understand how to write a thesis introduction

Easily understand how to write a thesis introduction

Get the introduction right and the rest of your dissertation will follow. Mess it up and you’ll be struggling to catch up. The introduction is the place to factually recount what it is you will be discussing in the thesis. Learn more in this detailed guide.

This is not a normal blog subscription

Each day we send a short, thought-provoking email that will make you think differently about what it means to be a PhD student. They’re designed to be read in thirty seconds and thought about all day.

How to stay mentally well during your PhD

In the pursuit of PhD perfection it is easy to let our mental wellbeing suffer. These free tips, guides, templates and resources are designed to help.

80 things I wish I knew when I was doing my PhD

80 things I wish I knew when I was doing my PhD

Often, the difference between unnecessary worry and successfully muddling through is having someone on your side who can tell you that what you’re feeling is normal and reassure you with good, practical advice that speaks to the core of you. That is the goal of this article.

6 ways to overcome PhD loneliness

6 ways to overcome PhD loneliness

PhDs can be the loneliest places in the world. You may be part of a bigger cohort of students in your department, but ultimately it’s down to you to power on through, turn up every day, make decisions and deal with problems. It’s you that has to carry around the weight and anxiety that accompany your PhD, and it’s you who has to constantly find a way over what seem like insurmountable hurdles, problems and sticking points.

There’s no place for struggle-porn in academia

There’s no place for struggle-porn in academia

Ever slept under your desk? I have. I was proud of it. It was something to boast about the next day. People admired me because of the amount of work I was putting into my PhD. Awful, right?

How attached to your PhD thesis are you?

How attached to your PhD thesis are you?

If you’re anything like I was, your PhD thesis is like your baby. You’ve bought it into the world and you’ll die for it. It’s tested you, pushed you harder than you ever thought possible and bought your to tears many, many times.

Your one page PhD thesis

Visualise every element of your thesis on one page with our free thesis template.

Whether you’re writing up or starting out, use it to present your research in the most compelling way possible.

Resources for non-native English speakers

Writing a PhD in English when it isn’t your native language throws up unique challenges. Here we present tailored advice and resources.

How to edit a PhD thesis (without going mad)

How to edit a PhD thesis (without going mad)

Your thesis takes a lot of time to research, ideate, and write. Here’s how to properly edit a PhD thesis such that you impress your examiners and achieve even greater success.

Ten Reasons Why You Need Your PhD Proofread

Ten Reasons Why You Need Your PhD Proofread

Deciding whether or not to hire a proofreader for you PhD is a big commitment. Whichever way you look at it, it’s expensive. Plus, you may think that your English language skills are good enough. So why bother? Read our ten reasons why.

A Handy PhD Submission Checklist

A Handy PhD Submission Checklist

Your work isn’t finished when you’ve written your thesis and had it proofread. There is still a surprising amount of administrative work to do before you are ready to submit. Don’t underestimate the amount of time it will take to turn your finished text into a final, bound copy.

Is English Your Second Language? Here Are 7 Ways To Improve Your Academic Writing

Is English Your Second Language? Here Are 7 Ways To Improve Your Academic Writing

Writing a PhD when English is your second language is scary. It’s scary enough when English is your first language. 80,000 words, sometimes even more, in a technical language and at the highest level of academic rigour. Terrifying, right? We’ve proofread countless PhDs from people just like you and one thing stands out – you’re doing great.

Five Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Use Grammarly To Proofread A PhD

Five Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Use Grammarly To Proofread A PhD

Grammarly, the free online grammar and spelling checker, claims to ‘make sure everything you type is clear, effective, and mistake-free’ and that ‘everything you write clear and effective all the time’. If that’s the case, then why spend money on a proofreader when Grammarly can do it for free? Put simply, Grammarly is terrible at proofreading academic texts.

A Daily Dose of PhD Motivation

Each day we send out a short, motivational email to over 2,000 students. You can find an archive below, but if you’d like to get yours delivered straight to your inbox click here

The merits of deep focus

Ever wear your to-do list like a badge of honour? I do. And I don’t think I’m the only one. 

What’s your plan for the future?

We want to plan for the future, but life doesn’t always work that way. Instead, you have to have faith that you’re headed the right way.

It’s meant to be difficult

If a PhD was easy, everyone would have one. When you find things tough it can be easy to lose sight of the bigger picture or, worse still, start blaming yourself or labelling yourself stupid

Take time for yourself

What do you get if you mix over-working, worry and poor self-care? At best, you’ll end up frustrated, stressed and grouchy. At worse, you’ll have an emotional breakdown.In either case, it’s important to understand what both prevention and cure looks like.

No one really knows what they’re doing

When I was a child I used to look at the adults around me in awe of how together their lives seemed. They were so, well, grown up. Adulting looked like serious business, but also something that could be learnt and mastered. There must, so I thought, be a day when you have a grip on everything.

Your one page PhD thesis

Visualise every element of your thesis on one page with our free thesis template.

Whether you’re writing up or starting out, use it to present your research in the most compelling way possible.