What do higher degree by research (HDR) students do to finish on time, to overcome isolation, doubt and writer’s 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.

This workshop describes the key habits that our research and experience with thousands of students shows will make a difference to how quickly and easily you complete your HDR. Just as importantly, these habits can greatly reduce the stress and increase the pleasure involved in completing an HDR.

The workshop helps 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 research
  • 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

Who is it for?
Research students at any point in their candidature.

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The companion book to this workshop is The Seven Secrets of Highly Successful Research Students.

About the Presenter:

Maria Gardiner, BA (Hons) MPsych (Clinical) MAPS PhD

Maria is a leading cognitive behavioural coach and clinical psychologist who has coached many of Australia's medical, academic, industry, and government executives over the last fifteen years.  She is recognised as an authority on mentoring, and is the architext of the highly acclaimed Flinders University mentoring scheme, now being rolled out nationally across Australian universities.

Maria is also a widely respected researcher, holding an adjunct research associate position in the School of Psychology at Flinders University.  She has a strong research record, which provides a rigorous evidence base for her specialisation in high performing individuals.

As a co-author with Hugh Kearns, she has published five books which are in high demand both in Australia and internationally.

About Candidature management

Undertaking a research degree is a huge commitment and requires many skills. Gaining an understanding of these techniques and strategies early, will assist you to complete and submit your thesis efficiently. 

Useful links

  • Short excerpt on PhD Survival 
  • The PhD Survival video : Doing a PhD is meant to be challenging, and most doctoral students feel overwhelmed by the task at times. But many find that their work - and their lives - are compromised by feelings of loneliness, inadequacy or anxiety. The consequences can be abandoned PhDs, disrupted careers and damaged mental health.