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The 7 Secrets of Highly Successful PhD Students and Defeating Self-Sabotage: Getting Your PhD Finished - 1 Day Workshop

Hugh Kearns

Higher Degree Research (HDR) Students Only
Presented by Hugh Kearns 

The Graduate Research School invites you to attend a 1 Day Workshop: The 7 Secrets of Highly Successful PhD Students and Defeating Self-Sabotage: Getting Your PhD Finished

Date: Tuesday 10th October 2017
Time: 8:45am - 3:30pm
Location: Innovation Campus, Ocean Room: Bldg 230 Floor 2
Registration Open: Monday 11th September 2017
Registration Close: Wednesday 4th October 2017

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The 7 Secrets of Highly Successful PhD Students
What are the things that HDR students do to finish on time, to overcome isolation, doubt and writers' block, and to enjoy the process? And just as importantly what do they do in order to spend guilt-free time with their family and friends and perhaps even have holidays? If this sounds appealing, then this session will be of particular use to you.

The 7 Secrets of Highly Successful PhD Students will describe the key habits that our research and many years of experience show us, will make a difference to how quickly and easily you complete your PhD. Just as importantly, these habits can greatly reduce the stress and increase the pleasure involved in completing a PhD.

The course will help you to understand how to increase your effectiveness and outcomes in the following key areas:

  • How you deal with your supervisor?
  • How you structure your study time?
  • Your attitude (or lack thereof!) in relation to your PhD.
  • Dealing with writer's block or having difficulty writing.
  • Getting the help you need when you are stuck.
  • Juggling multiple commitments and never having enough time.
  • Keeping on going when the going gets tough. 

Defeating Self-Sabotage: Getting Your PhD Finished
Procrastination, perfectionism, over-committing. Sound familiar? Learn how to identify your own patterns, find out what might be behind them, and work out what you can do to tackle them so that you can get your thesis finished.

This program provides practical strategies to deal with common problems such as:

  • Procrastination and perfectionism.
  • Writer’s block or putting off writing.
  • Obsessing over the quality of writing.
  • Experimenting or reading (for years even) as a way of avoiding writing.
  • Getting distracted and over committing rather than working on your research.
  • thinking your research has to be the best ever.
  • Not getting help even when stuck or obviously needing it. 

Hugh Kearns is best known as a dynamic speaker, presenter and educator with international expertise in the areas of time management and work-life balance. He draws on almost twenty five years of experience as a training and development professional within the corporate, financial, education and health sectors in Ireland, Scotland, New Zealand and Australia. He has consulted to a wide range of organisations in the public and private sectors. Currently he provides professional development at Flinders University, in Adelaide, South Australia to both staff members and PhD students.

Hugh specialises in work with doctoral candidates in many Australian Universities, and he has been reported as far afield as the 'Times Higher Education Supplement' in London.

Hugh has also been awarded a Carrick Institute citation for enhancing the quality and effectiveness of the PhD learning experience by applying the latest psychological and educational research. 

Registration is free but ESSENTIAL for catering purposes.

Last reviewed: 12 October, 2017
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