Collated by: Stine Ravnå and Tyler Shores, Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge

This week a new cohort of PhD students is about to embark on their doctoral journeys in Cambridge. Although this is surely an exciting time, filled with many hopes and expectations, starting a PhD can also feel scary and overwhelming – How should you organise your work? Are there any tools or strategies that could be particularly helpful in staying on top of things? And how do you build good professional relationships during the PhD? With some of these questions in mind, we asked current PhD students and academics for advice and encouraged them to share their best #PhDlifehack with us on Twitter.

We received a wide variety of helpful advice, ranging from choosing a reference manager and keeping a reading journal to the importance of transcription software, being honest with your supervisor and ensuring that you do regular exercise. Have a look at some of the tips and tricks below and please feel free to contribute your best #PhDlifehack in the comments or in the Twitter conversation.


Stine Ravnå and Tyler Shores are PhD students at the Faculty of Education in Cambridge and the founding editors of the FERSA blog.

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