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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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Advice from other PhD students

In this section, we invite PhD students from around the world to share their insight and advice. 

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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

Negative emotions can be a spur to action

If you’re stressed, it’s a sign that you need to slow down. If you’re tired, it’s a sign that you need to rest. If you’re overwhelmed, it’s a sign that you need to reprioritise, say no, and delegate. 

You’re already successful

Sure, milestones are important and there are tangible, quantifiable outcomes that you’ll reach as you strive to be more successful, but there is no magic ‘end point’ at which you suddenly become successful. 

Do you have unrealistic assumptions about the world?

If you cling on to the idea that every day is going to be a good one, you’re going to spend a lot of the time disappointed. If you cling on to the idea that you’ll always be at peak performance, you’re going to spend a lot of time angry with yourself.

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

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.