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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. 

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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.

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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. 

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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

You’ll have down days

Not every day is going to be a good day. It’s important to remember this, particularly if you’re a perfectionist. There will be times during your PhD when you lack motivation, are unproductive or feel like you’re slipping behind.

Your mental health has to come first

The PhD is an ideal environment for mental health problems to fester. There’s the ever present imposter syndrome, the financial pressures you face, the uncertainty over the academic job market, constant pressure to publish and the isolation that comes from long hours of reading and writing.No wonder anxiety and depression in graduate students is worsening.

How have you coped during coronavirus?

In today’s post rather than offer advice or motivation I want to instead ask you a question. As more and more of us come out of lockdown, it is a good time to reflect on how we are feeling, how we have coped and what we have been through. I want to take a poll of how PhD students from around the world have found the experience. 

Help!!!

We all need help from time to time.We might really struggle to understand something other people find straightforward, we might have a stupid question, or we might just want someone to hold our hand and tell us it’s all going to be alright.It might be something emotional or personal that we need help with or something specific to your study or related to the PhD journey.

Don’t focus (too much) on the problems

Things will go wrong in your PhD all the time.It’s not you, it’s just the way things are. When they do, you’ve got a choice over how you react. Either you can think calmly and rationally about the best way forward or you can panic and become overwhelmed by negative thoughts and emotions. 

You’re going to get criticised

You are always going to get criticised, whether in your PhD or otherwise.There will always be someone who is quick to point out where you are going wrong, irrespective of whether you asked them or not.

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.