Easily distracted? Ways to increase concentration

Dear All

The next discussion group will take place on
Tuesday 5 November, between 2pm-3pm. At Old Whiteknights House,
room G12.
Topic: Increasing concentration.
There is no need to book and you can drop in at any time during the hour.
Join in the discussion and meet other doctoral researchers.

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Do you find that, having made the effort to sit down to do some work on your research, you soon notice that your mind starts to wander onto other things? If so, you are not alone.
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Managing academic pressure

Dear all

You can listen to the podcast here:

The next group discussion will be on Tuesday 29 October, 11am-12pm, Old Whiteknights House, room G12.
Topic: Managing academic pressure.
There is no need to book, and you can drop in at any time during the hour.
Join in the discussion and meet other doctoral researchers.

Managing academic pressure
Doing research at a doctoral level is exciting and an excellent opportunity to develop your knowledge in your chosen field. However, due to higher expectations at a doctoral level, it is normal to experience some concern regarding your ability to meet key milestones in the research process.
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Increasing productivity: getting things done

Areas of interest

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Dear all

Thank you for your responses to the survey letting us know what topics you would like to see covered in the blog. So far you have highlighted the following topics:

* increasing productivity/overcoming procrastination
* increasing concentration and memory
* maintaining motivation
* communication with supervisors
* balancing research with work/personal life
* dealing with perfectionism
* preparing for confirmation of registration/viva

If you haven’t had a chance to let us know what topics you are interested in, here is  link to the survey.
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ABOUT

Dear Doctoral researcher,

I am Alicia and I am working with the Graduate School to provide you with information on topics such as how to increase productivity, motivation, concentration and memory, as well as managing academic pressure, improving sleep and strengthening resilience to cope with the challenges of your doctoral research.

I will cover a range of topics about the learning process and personal development to build academic confidence and resilience while maintaining your health and wellness. The aim is to increase understanding of what are the factors that contribute to effective learning and self-management, and provide strategies to add to your toolkit so you can optimise your academic potential and derive a sense of fulfilment from achieving your aims.
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Welcome: Settling in

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To all new doctoral researchers welcome to the University of Reading, and hello to those of you who are continuing with your studies.

Those of you who are continuing with your doctoral research will have been dedicated to your research, and will be making progress in the year ahead.  Although you are familiar with your environment and with the nature of your research, you are likely to deal with some challenges as you navigate more complex aspects of your research.
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Strategies to manage the transition into your doctoral research

Develop healthy routines:

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Starting your doctoral research will require a lot of energy to focus on new material and develop new skills.

Your brain will be busy processing new information and learning about new ways of working. Your whole body will experience changes as it adapts to your new environment and new routine.
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WELCOME: wellness and resilience

Hello, and welcome to all

The aim of the “Keep fit for your doctoral studies” blog is to provide you with information and resources to enhance your academic potential while doing your research here at the University of Reading. And another key aim is to provide information on services available to you, and resources to support your health and sense of wellbeing.

The starting place to find information is the Graduate School website.  Here you can find very useful information in the Comprehensive Guide to doing a PhD at Reading .
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Boost your motivation and make progress with your research

 

Summer has arrived and you may notice your motivation to work on your research is diminishing. No doubt you have had a busy and challenging year developing your ideas and making efforts to make progress. Some of you may be at the writing stage and finding this a challenge.

Are you finding it difficult to get started? Are you waiting to feel inspired to write? or you may want to get your work done, but wonder whether your efforts will produce the results you want?
It is common to have these questions when doing academic work, particularly when deadlines are approaching.
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