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How to Survive Your PhD

Australian National University via edX

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You need to be smart to begin a PhD - but you need to be resilient to finish one. Between one-quarter and one-third of all research students never finish their degree. The PhD is an emotional journey as much as it is an intellectual one.

What kinds of emotions does the research degree process provoke? What strategies can help students deal with the emotional highs and lows? How can academic advisors, family and friends help research students cope with these stresses - and celebrate the successes?

This course is primarily designed for masters, PhD, and research students and the academics who are tasked with helping them, but you may also be a family member or friend of a PhD student who is seeking to better understand what your loved one is going through.

By directly addressing the emotional issues, and by helping us see the connections between emotional resilience and success, this course aims to help us all create a more supportive academic environment, where students can do their best research work. 

Taught by

Inger Mewburn


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5.0 2 years ago
by Элла Элен completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
As a postgrad student I'm happy that this course exists! Through stirring articles on different psychological aspects of writing a thesis and lively discussions on forum, on twitter and during live chats, professors and fellow students really help and support each other. I was surprised to find out that my problems with supervisor communicating are common and easy to solve :) The final assignment was challenging and fun at the same time.

The course also lets understand how the thesis supervisor feels and how s/he should behave in order to be really helpful. It had a great impact on my own teaching practice (I "supervise" freshmen's first written assignments at Uni). Thus, mastering this class will be useful for both sides of the PhD business :)

Thank you, professor!
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