Aug 26th 2015

How to Survive Your PhD (edX)

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Learn evidence-based strategies for emotional resilience and supervision that will help you finish your PhD or research degree.

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.

What you'll learn:

- Understand the common emotional experiences of research students and why they tend to have emotional issues in common.

- Discuss and create strategies and approaches to help research students cope with the emotional challenges of research study.

- Help academics and prospective academics become more effective research supervisors.