introduction to dutch

International students and professionals who are interested in the Netherlands can now register for the free Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) Introduction to Dutch, available world-wide on

Introduction to Dutch, which was developed by the University of Groningen Language Centre, is aimed at prospective students and staff of the University, international professionals who intend to live and work in the Netherlands and people from other countries with an interest in the Dutch language. The course introduces participants to the basics of the Dutch language, and gives background information on the city of Groningen, the University of Groningen and the region as a whole.

The 15 minute/day Academic writing challenge

Writing needs practice and that is why Jo Van Every created this ‘15 Minute Writing Challenge‘:

“This challenge is for anyone who is struggling to do any research and scholarly writing during teaching terms. (…) It is also useful for those who are finding some time to write but not enough to build any momentum. Maybe you write once a week, or find a day or two a few times a term. But each time you come back to your writing you have to find your way back in. You are making progress but it feels really slow. You can use the 15 minute challenge to connect those longer, but less frequent, writing sessions.”

The thesis whisperer

The Thesis Whisperer blog is dedicated to the topic of doing a PhD and completing a dissertation. It is managed and edited by Associate Professor Inger Mewburn, Director of Research Training at the Australian National University.

I highly recommend The Thesis Whisperer! In my opinion this is the most complete blog about all the topics a PhD student has to deal with. Thereby, this blog offers a lot of extra information and motivates to keep the PhD process going.

Progress your PhD support The Thesis Whisperer by being a Patreon.

Downloadable worksheets and materials

The Thesis Whisperer blackline masters series are materials Associate Professor Inger Mewburn uses in her workshops with research students. These blackline masters are free to use under creative commons share a-like attribution license. Each blackline master listed below has text, which you can lift for your own purposes, and an attached PDF formatted for easy photocopying.

My phd thesis

On the website, My PhD Thesis provides more info on everything related to the PhD journey, managing research skills, and (of course) your personal development during the PhD thesis. This includes practical advice, but also links to interesting articles, relevant literature, websites, and videos.

Students of Progress your PhD automatically get an account. Interested? Register now (€ 19,50 for 6 months)!


Recommended books for researchers


On writing

Inger Mewburn (2018) How to Fix Your Academix Writing Trouble – A Practical Guide

Wendy Laura Belcher (2019) Writing Your Journal Article in Twelve Weeks – A Guide to Academic Publishing Success

on presenting

Simon Sinek (2011) Start With Why – How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone To Take Action

Irenee Daly (2014) 53 Interesting Ways to Communicate Your Research

On teaching

Therese Huston (2012) Teaching What You Don’t Know

Brené Brown (2018) Dare to Lead


Roger Fisher & William Ury (2012) Getting to Yes

Kory Kogan (2015) Project Management for the Unofficial Project Manager


on focus

Cal Newport (2016) Deep work – Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World

Chip and Dan Heath (2004) How to Make Better Decisions

Personal development

Carol Dweck (2017) Mindset

Marshall Goldsmith (2016) Triggers – Creating behavior that lasts, becoming the person you want to be