Academic Skills

When you master several skills, you’re in for a smooth ride. Master Academia shares knowledge on how to master academic skills!

  • How to develop an awesome PhD timeline step-by-step

    A successful PhD journey begins with a solid plan that includes a PhD timeline. A thought-through and well-designed PhD timeline requires some time but can be accomplished in a few simple steps. Why a clear PhD research timeline matters Doing…

  • Creating awesome Gantt charts for your PhD timeline

    It’s a common scenario: you have never heard about Gantt charts. Then, when writing a PhD application or planning your PhD timeline for the upcoming years, someone suggests: You should include a Gantt chart! No need to worry. Here is…

  • Clever strategies to keep up with the latest academic research

    Every day, hundreds of new academic articles and books are published. No wonder it is easy to feel overwhelmed! However, with 4 clever strategies, you can get a grip on new publications and keep up with the latest research in…

  • Introduce yourself in a PhD interview (4 simple steps + examples)

    The opening of an application interview for a PhD position usually starts with short introductions of everyone participating in the conversation. Many applicants wonder how to best introduce themselves in a PhD interview. Four simple steps (including examples) help you…

  • 10 key skills of successful master’s students

    Following a master’s programme is an exciting time. What are the skills that make master’s students successful? There are ten key skills that set successful master’s students apart and help them to make the most of their journey. #1 Independence…

  • How to select a journal for publication as a PhD student

    Selecting a suitable journal to publish your academic work can be overwhelming. However, six concrete strategies can help you to select a suitable journal. Combined, these strategies allow you to identify the perfect journal for your next publication. Explore a…

  • How to structure your viva presentation (with examples)

    Most PhD vivas and PhD defences start with a short presentation by the candidate. The structure of these presentations is very important! There are several factors and approaches to consider when developing your viva presentation structure. Factors to consider when…

  • 18 common audience questions at academic conferences (+ how to react)

    While you can practice your conference presentation a hundred times, audience questions are more difficult to prepare for. Nonetheless, several typical audience questions are frequently asked at academic conferences. Be aware of these questions and know how to react! Common…

  • 10 things to do when you feel like your dissertation is killing you

    A surprising number of people google ‘my dissertation is killing me’ every month. Writing a dissertation is not an easy task: It can be tough, regardless of what level. If you feel defeated, discouraged or exhausted because of your dissertation,…

  • Asking for a recommendation letter from a PhD supervisor

    Letters of recommendation are required for many applications, and PhD supervisors are often asked to provide these letters to PhD students. How you ask your PhD supervisor, what support you provide, and how you deal with a difficult supervisor relationship,…

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