5 Mistakes You Should Never Make When You’re Doing Your PhD

What high performance PhD candidates don't do
Rating: 5.0 out of 5 (3 ratings)
701 students
31min of on-demand video

Learn the five mistakes that PhD candidates should never make doing their PhD
Learn some strategies to stay away from these mistakes
Take back control to complete their PhD on time
Enjoy their PhD journey


  • PhD students at any stage of their PhD journey


Have you ever wondered whether you’re doing your PhD right or whether there is one ‘secret’ way to do a PhD? Well, the answer is no, because every PhD candidate has her or his unique circumstance, skillset and learning style.

Some candidates could conduct their research from 9 to 5 during weekdays, while others’ schedule is shaped by their family or work commitment. There is no better or worse situation to take on a PhD. To my surprise, PhD candidates who are mums at the same time complete their research on time or even before the official deadlines.

However, when reflecting on my PhD and my students’ progress, I notice that all PhD researchers should avoid these five ultimate mistakes to complete their PhD on time with joy.

In this course, I’ll share with you these five mistakes that you should never make when you’re doing your PhD.

There are six mini sessions in this course, and each session is about 5 minutes long.

By the end of this 30-minute course, you'll learn these five mistakes, and more importantly have an action plan to avoid them.

You can Complete Your PhD on time with joy!

All the best for your PhD.

Who this course is for:

  • All PhD students


Shan Shan Hou
  • 4.8 Instructor Rating
  • 18 Reviews
  • 1,295 Students
  • 3 Courses

Dr Shan Shan Hou is an engaging, committed and creative teacher and researcher with strong communication skills, a passion for teaching, and a proven track record of developing and delivering highly effective educational programmes, materials and assessments for undergraduates, postgraduates and professionals at Universities in the UK and internationally.

In searching for the answer to why some people can learn things quickly and afterwards remember it all with ease, Shan Shan transformed herself from an average student to a top student within one term. It all happened in 1999 when she recognised the missing link between her learning and her performance.

This missing link is how to learn. Ever since Shan Shan discovered it, she has been fascinated with traditional and modern practices that empower learning. And she has realised that the key to high performance is understanding how the brain works to use it effectively. She loves sharing what she has learned to help others.

She wrote the book Study Smart at University for all university students. In addition, she developed the Complete Your PhD on Time with Joy Course and the 5 Mistakes You should Never Make When You're Doing Your PhD Course, and designed the Complete Your PhD Planner to assist all PhD candidates in staying in control during their journey.

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