You gotta hand it to the Australians, they may have a funny accent but they are super good at providing support to their doctoral candidates. In a couple of weeks we are lucky enough to have Hugh Kearns talking to us about resilience and confidence during your thesis journey (it’s not too late to register!) and Inger from ANU has just created a cool looking course. And it’s free!
Dr Inger Thesis Whisperer Mewburn is no mook. She has however created a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) that looks like it will super useful for all those doing a PhD and all those unlucky enough to be close to someone doing a PhD.
Did you know that up to one quarter of students who start a PhD don’t finish? You have to be smart to start a PhD, but resilient to finish one.
The new, free MOOC from ANU “How to survive your PhD” https://www.edx.org/course/how-survive-phd-anux-rsit-01x is designed to help built by Dr Inger Mewburn, better known as The Thesis Whisperer, to help build PhD student resilience. You will learn research based tips and strategies to help students and supervisors create a more supportive environment for research study. The MOOC will have many opportunities to connect and discuss the issues with other participants around the world, either in the discussion forums or on social media using the hashtag #survivephd15
The MOOC is suitable for supervisors, current students, prospective students and even parents, partners and friends. The course should take you no more than two hours a week so you can more easily fit it in a busy schedule. You could take the course on your own, or form a small group (have a look at the suggestions Inger has outlined here http://thesiswhisperer.com/2015/08/05/are-most-academics-lonely-at-work/
I’ve just signed up for it and at 2 hours per week for 10 weeks it looks completely doable even with my heavy schedule. Topics include: frustration (oh yeah); fear (you bet); confusion (all the time); and boredom (my, that cardboard box looks interesting) amongst other things.
So check out the course and give it a go and I’ll see you all in the ether.
Claire Gallop, Graduate Research School