Study tip: stay hydrated

One of my SMART goals for this 21-day challenge was to increase my fluid, and specifically water, intake.

You will have seen I am an avid tea-drinker, and I have to confess the majority of that is caffeinated tea with it’s inevitable dehydrating effect. I am also aware that I suffer from regular headaches, fatigue and difficulty concentrating: all of which might be improved if I stay hydrated.

As a dentist, I would often tell my patients to ‘drink water or milk’ rather than the alternatives, knowing I really should be heading my own advice. Well. Now I am going to finally start practising what I preached!

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Making the most of monthly supervisory meetings

From day one of my PhD I was aware of the expectation of (at least) monthly meetings with my supervisors. Supervisors and students alike want to see the project moving forward and eventually a successful PhD thesis produced: and these meetings are supposed to help ensure that goal is reached.  After almost a year of monthly supervisory meetings, I thought it was worth sharing some things that I have found help me to make the most of these regular check-ins with my supervisors.

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Lessons in responding to reviewers

I’m not very good at taking criticism well. Even when it is kindly worded criticism.

Whether it’s feedback from supervisors, scientific reviews or peer reviews for journals, critical review of your work is an essential part of the PhD process. However, when it comes to criticism, I find it is far too easy to jump into defensive mode and start writing a response, without properly reflecting on what has been said. This was something I didn’t quite expect, and have really valued help from my supervisors to learn how best to approach responding to reviewers. Here is what I have learned to date:

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The state of children’s teeth in England: Infographic

The following is an infographic to summarise the latest information on tooth decay in England. This is the tenth most prevalent chronic disease in children worldwide, and here in the UK nearly 50% of children are affected by the age of 8-years. The impact of tooth decay on the everyday lives of children and their families is central to what we are trying to find out through our research.

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