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The HappyPhD course is a 6-week online course that will allow you to write your PhD with (more) ease. It will teach you how to get out of anxious overdrive or lethargy, and tackles the challenges of PhD life step by step. Each day you will receive an email from me with a link to the course materials of the day, as well as a short assignment to help integrate the new tools into your day and workweek. Reflection and action go hand in hand: taking the time to reflect on our ordinary way of doing things, and replacing some of our old habits with new, more useful ones. In the course I share many of my personal stories, as well as draw on other PhD’s experiences. We have made all the mistakes there are to make already, so you’ll know you’re not alone, and more importantly: you will be prepared and able to take the more pleasant, trouble-free route to start.

You can take the course as a self-study course, or, it comes with a number of coaching sessions if you would like to go more in-depth and work with me personally.

“Thank you so much for the course. It has been such a great experience and I really learned a lot. I had already read a lot of books like “How to write your PhD in 15-minutes a day”, but your course has so much additional thoughts and advice which is missing in other books. It changed the approach to my PhD and I am much more relaxed and positive. Thank you so much for this great experience. I am already missing getting an e-mail from you almost every day.” PhD Candidate, Justus-Liebig University, Giessen, Germany

Read more testimonials of the HappyPhD Course here


Screenshot 2014-05-19 18.56.45Invite me to speak at your university! I teach a HappyPhD seminar which focuses on non-academic skills that are crucial for writing a PhD smoothly and successfully.  I introduce a new way of looking at stress in academia (why does everyone seem to become so stressed and depressed ‘doing what they love’?), and will provide you with tools for stress-management, increasing your focus and academic productivity, and taking care of your emotional wellbeing. I propose that often simple routines and tools can make a world of difference, and will teach you how to use them in your own PhD journey. I also tell my story to illustrate how we can transform the PhD into a much more agreeable pursuit.

“Many of the PhDs have confirmed how interesting and useful the session was, even those who were sceptical about the idea of such a seminar initially.” Faculty organising the seminar at Leiden University, the Netherlands