The painless PhD
A PhD takes hard work, but hard work and pain are not the same thing.
With the right knowledge and skills, the hard work can be rewarding and enjoyable!
I help PhD students to get through their PhDs without the extreme stress that so many experience.
I tailor coaching programmes to individuals to help get your project unstuck and teach specific skills and principles to ensure you can carry on independently with confidence.
I also run courses and provide resources to help with the most common PhD issues, such as writing, time management, literature reviews and more.
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The 3 key elements of the painless PhD
1. Knowledge and understanding
We build a solid foundation by understanding the unique requirements of a PhD, how it differs from everything you've done before and what new skills you need.
2. Solid Skills
Because a PhD requires new skills, you have to approach the work in a way that helps you train those skills quickly. The aim is to get really, really good at research and writing, which in turn makes it easier to cope with any stress that arises.
Because there's no syllabus to follow, you need a framework for making your own decisions about what to do (and what not to do) with confidence, then working on tasks to completion rather than just creating more unfinished work.
How I wrote a PhD thesis in just 3 months
How to prepare for your thesis defence
How to write a compelling literature review
How to choose a thesis topic
Who you work with is just as important as what you do
The "good" PhD student
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About James Hayton
I completed my own PhD in physics in 2007. It was painful until I made some simple changes to the way I worked...
After 3 and a half years of research, I wrote my entire thesis in just 3 months, passed my defence with zero corrections, and really enjoyed the final phase of my PhD.
I've been coaching PhD students full-time since 2010
The (brief) story of my PhD
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