How to Keep your Doctorate on Track
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How to Keep your Doctorate on Track

Insights from Students’ and Supervisors’ Experiences

Edited by Keith Townsend, Mark N.K. Saunders, Rebecca Loudoun and Emily A. Morrison

The path of a doctoral student can feel challenging and isolating. This guide provides doctoral students with key ideas and support to kick-start a doctoral journey, inspire progress and complete their thesis or dissertation. Featuring observations from experienced supervisors, as well as the reflections of current and recent postgraduate researchers, this intimate and entertaining book offers vital insights into the critical moments in any doctoral experience.
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Chapter 23: “Ok Google … since when did you join my supervision team?”

Adam Robertson


Most people would consider a holiday in Bali a great opportunity to relax and unwind. You get to enjoy the beautiful sun, eat some amazing food, and lounge by the pool. Who wouldn’t enjoy this scenario? I agree, it all sounds amazing. The problem is, my PhD decided to join me on vacation, and a PhD is not the greatest travel companion. It all started on Friday afternoon. I uploaded the final draft of my PhD progress report to Google Docs for my supervisors to review. I had been working on this draft for weeks and I finally felt I was making progress. Since it was Friday, I figured my supervisor wouldn’t have a chance to review anything until Monday, so I planned a relaxing weekend in the sun. Well, let’s just say it didn’t go exactly as I planned.

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