One of the most beneficial things that I have done during my PhD is to engage with PhD-related social media. It began with my following #PhDChat on twitter and this snowballed into me finding a number of useful individuals and communities. Whenever I have come across something that I can’t quite work out alone and want some quick advice, I drop a tweet with one or more hashtags and I usually get helpful advice within a couple of hours.
I have also found that when I’m having difficult days, it can help to pop onto twitter and see if there are any requests for help that I can offer advice to. The little confidence boost that comes with being able to help someone else goes a long to reminding myself that I can do this. It’s a great community to engage with and something I would highly recommend to other doctoral students.
I’ve complied a short list below of accounts and hashtags I have personally found useful, to help those starting out. I’m sure you will find many more, so please feel free to comment and I will add them on 🙂
@PhDForum – Discussion and support group for PhD students.