A few months ago, I wrote an article about planting seeds vs putting out fires. The basic idea is that if you spend all your time focusing on the short term, urgent work (fire!), you'll neglect the important long-term development that's essential for success.
One obvious example of this is English. It's a major source of stress for a lot of PhD students, but not so many invest the time to develop the skill and confidence so they don't have to worry any more.
If you are a PhD student and you know that in a year (or two, or three) you will have to submit a thesis in English, you have time to work on your language skill.
The key is to start as early as possible. The sooner you start working on the skill, the stronger and more confident you will be when it matters. The alternative is to just worry and do nothing!
English classes for academics and PhD students
This week, I’m delighted to announce a new partnership with LinguaTracks to offer specialised English language classes for PhD students and academics.
Whether you’re writing your thesis or paper or preparing for a presentation, our teachers can help you sharpen your skills, correct your common mistakes and build your confidence.
Please click here for more details!