Originally published on the Student Minds blog, reposted with permission from Student Minds and the author.
Over the coming weeks we will all experience changes to the way we are working and to the environments in which we are working. Many of us may now be facing the prospect of studying from home in preparation for online assessments. For some PGR students, data collection may be disrupted, conferences cancelled, supervision may change in format or frequency. We may not have face to face contact with our peers, or be present in our lecture theatres, labs, offices or schools, and so online networks can be helpful to share our worries, or our strategies for coping, or tips for using technology to stay connected.
I am feeling very grateful just now that I am in the writing up stage of my PhD - I am also feeling grateful that I am used to working from home and am happy doing so. As I studied for both my undergrad and master’s degrees as a part-time student, I am used to the stresses and pressures of studying at home and have over the years developed a host of strategies that help me to stay focused and feel productive without feeling overwhelmed! Some of the things that help me with home working are:
I am going to miss seeing my office mates and being on campus - but I am pretending that I am on an extended writing retreat from now until I submit my thesis! All will be well.
Hilary Causer is a full time PhD candidate at the University of Worcester. Her PhD looks at the impact of student suicide on staff in UK Universities and alongside her studies she has been working with staff members at her Uni to improve mental health provision for post graduate research students and for staff.
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