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 by Mark Bennett
, posted on 28 Dec '16

Best of 2016 - Our Most Popular Blogs This Year

It's been an interesting year for PhD study, with the confirmation of PhD loans, upcoming research funding reforms and the small matter of Brexit.

Of course, 2016 has also been the first year for the FindAPhD blog. We've done our best to cover the developments above (and a few others besides).

But which posts have our readers found most useful? To find out, we've put together the following list of the most popular blogs this year.

5. PhD time management

We're grateful to all of our guest bloggers for their contributions this year. Ania Gruszczynska's first was this piece on time management for PhD students.

It's a topic that's well worth considering before you get started with a postgraduate research project. As such, we're not surprised it's made our 2016 list.

Read more: Taking Control of Your PhD: Time Management

4. PhD study as a mature student

We've tried hard to ensure this blog reflects the diversity of PhD study - and of PhD students themselves.

As such, we're very glad to see that Rachel King's first guest blog on returning to PhD study after a career has proven so popular. We're looking forward to hearing more from her in the new year.

Read more: PhD Study as a Mature Student: Mid-life Crisis or the Perfect Career Move?

3. Avoiding simple PhD mistakes

No one ever said a PhD was easy, but some challenges are easy to avoid - if you can spot them in advance. This post was our attempt at helping prospective students do that.

We covered starting a PhD for the wrong reasons, getting sidetracked with your research and falling foul of imposter syndrome.

Read more: Beginning a PhD - 3 Simple Mistakes to Avoid

2. What a PhD research proposal doesn't need to do

A lot's riding on your PhD proposal - particularly if you're applying for a funded place. In fact, if you're getting ready for a PhD next year, it's a safe bet that the research proposal is one of your most immediate concerns.

Well, writing a good proposal is a challenge. But it's important not to make it any harder than it needs to be.

This popular post tries to bring process down to earth by turning things on their head and pointing out some of the things your proposal doesn't need to do.

Read more: 5 Things a Good PhD Research Proposal Doesn’t Need to Be

1. PhD application tips

At the end of the day, this is a blog for prospective PhD students: people who are thinking about applying for a doctorate in the near future and want to know more about what's involved in doing (and funding) postgraduate research.

With that in mind, it's really no surprise that our most popular post of 2016 was Gaia Cantelli's helpful set of tips for PhD applicants.

So, as 2017 rolls around and new students start thinking about their application process. . . well, what better time to take another look at Gaia's advice?

Read more: Preparing a PhD Application: 10 Tips

Hopefully you've found these posts (and others) useful. We've certainly appreciated all of our readers in the first year of the blog.

We'll be back in 2017 with more advice and information on PhD study, funding advice and postgraduate news.

For now though: Happy New Year from all at FindAPhD.

Looking for more PhD guidance and information? Check out our wide range of advice articles. Our newsletter will also keep you updated with postgraduate news throughout 2017.

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