So if you haven’t checked out my blog post on productivity apps (see here) you should do that now.
But I also wanted to publish a few more tips for postgraduate students that I’ve gathered over the past year.
One thing that is invaluable to me is a site called Simple Wikipedia. That’s not the bog-standard wikipedia you usually use. This one writes everything as simple and as plainly as possible (it was originally for people who are learning English as a second language). It is excellent for theories you don’t understand (it FINALLY explained phenomenology to me). Can’t understand Derrida? No idea what Heidegger is on about? This is the website for you.
Googlebooks. They don’t always have what you need, but more often than not, I can find a quote I need, make a note of the page, go to the first page of the ebook to make a note of the publisher and date and bobs your uncle. I’ve got my reference without having to purchase or request it.
Scrivener. Scrivener is designed for university students to complete their dissertation on. It costs about £30 to download (it’s a one-time purchase). It’s compatible with Word, so you can export and import chapters easily. It keeps all your chapters in order and helps you visualise what your final thesis will look like instead of having 101 word documents floating around.
Although I don’t use EndNotes for references ( partly because my university uses a really perverse old-fashioned referencing system that doesn’t seem to be supported by modern software and partly because I just can’t be arsed), I have been told its really useful.
Moleskins. This is a really awful thing to say because they are seriously overpriced but there’s just bloody something about them you can’t get anywhere else. My boyfriend, an art graduate, got me into them, so maybe I should send him the bill for current my moleskin addiction (I have about 5 stashed and ready to go right now, plus my collection of used ones I refuse to throw away). The pages are good quality, they have an aesthetically pleasing minimalist vibe, they come plain or lined or squared. They scream pretentious college student but I don’t care. I love them. Coincidentally they are also perfect for my next tip…
Bullet-journaling. I’ve written a brief blog post on this which check it out here if you’re interested but basically, its a way of organising your workload.
Lastly stay on top of your self-care routine and try not to beat yourself up to hard for procrastinating (see my post Being a Lazy Shit, Self-Sabotage and Hardcore Procrastination).