Working toward a doctoral degree can be challenging, as doctoral students are required to meet several demands from personal and professional areas of life: they have to plan and master deadlines, solve problems, participate at meetings, communicate with colleagues and supervisors and find a balance between work and private life. A number of PhD students even want to drop out – but if the reason for not finishing the PhD is the feeling of being overwhelmed by work it is possible to counteract: with the use of efficient methods and strategies they will be able to finish their thesis.
The workshop covers the following topics:
- Analyze personal time- and self-management habits and their influence on
- Analyze the current situation of the research project(s): how did I
successfully make it that far?
- Basic methods for realistic planning – as basis for success
Methods for dealing with different requirements that demand different
procedures: methods for writing/publishing, for research planning and process management, methods for effective communication and for other tasks, the doctoral students individually have to master
- Milestone plan for the time that is left to finish the PhD – and detailed planning of the next 6 months
- Setting priorities and other standard time management methods
- If “research samples do not behave like they should” – dealing with unruly
- Problems with the supervisor: making the relationship work
- Self-motivation by goal setting: what comes next – and how can I use that for motivation or volition?
- Structuring the writing process
- If it really is “writer’s block”: what are the reasons and how to deal with it
- Where and how to get help if everything fails
- Participants are able to develop and install the time- and self-management methods they need to finish their PhD.
- They acquire a set of methods and strategies for solving current and future time- management challenges.
Teaching and learning methods
- Input by the speaker
- Seminar script for further learning
- Individual and group work, using the individual PhD project
- Practical exercises, using the individual PhD project
- Individual and group feedback
Doctoral students and postdocs
Terms and Applications
Date: November 9, 2018
Group size: maximal 12
Workshop language: English
Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg
Von-Seckendorff-Platz 1, SR: 5.09
06120 Halle (Saale)
Dr. Eva Reichmann
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org in case of questions.