So to get us started I thought maybe we would like to acknowledge first up just how challenging, daunting, exciting, liberating and frightening the ‘highest’ degree experience actually is.

First for the good news. We are not alone! PhD candidates all over the world stress and struggle under, over and through the many hurdles that present themselves along the way.

The bad news is that if we don’t sort ourselves out, prioritize and commit to the project it is all too easy to fall way – way… behind.


So here are some interesting tips found on other blogs many of which are written by Phd students themselves or supervisors. Hope they help!

Also below is an article that you might find useful.

Cohen, D.B. (2002). Surviving the Ph.D.: Hints for Navigating the Sometimes Stormy Seas of Graduate Education in Political Science, PS: Political Science and Politics, Vol. 35, No. 3 (Sep., 2002), pp. 585-588. Retrieved from:  

If you have other survival tips perhaps you’d like to share with us here! smile