Suitable for HDR Advisors, Academics, Researchers and ECRs
Maria Gardiner and Hugh Kearns have worked as an award winning team for the past fifteen years. They are well known as leading practitioners and researchers in cognitive behavioural coaching. As well as publishing ten books that have sold many thousands of copies, they are regular contributors to Australian media, including a popular segment on ABC radio.
Their particular expertise is in working with high performers and they have a long history of providing specialist services to the medical and academic professions.
** HDR Candidates must register for Thinkwell workshops via CareerHub.
When: Wednesday 6 March 2024 at 2pm - 4pm AEST
Would you like to know the secret to high output, high quality, scholarly writing? In academia, because writing is such a big part of what you do, it is often assumed that it comes naturally. However, for most academics, it can be a hit and miss activity, with some days (weeks or even months!) being hard to get started. And when you do get started you might sit there for hours and not produce many words. Finally, when the words are on the page, you may wonder why you bothered since what you have written isn’t very good.
This workshop draws on the overwhelming body of research (and experience with thousands of writers). This research shows that there are very clear and practical evidence-based strategies that can greatly increase your writing quality and quantity. Key aspects of this workshop have featured in the journal Nature.
This workshop will help you to understand:
why it can be hard to get started
how we deliberately use distractions to slow down writing
the principles of quick starting
why snack writing is generally more productive than binge writing
how to deal with the internal committee that slows down writing
how to set achievable goals by writing in a silo
how to greatly double (or more) the number of actual words you produce
how to clarify your thinking and improve the quality of your work
When: Thursday 7 March 2024 at 9:30am - 12pm AEST
As a busy academic do you feel like you never have enough time to get to your research, particularly the writing part? And that other things like students, administration, committees, emails, project management, etc. demand all your time?
This workshop shows you how to guarantee you spend high quality time on your research outputs. It covers prioritising, goal setting and managing competing demands in a university context. If you want to increase your research output without compromising your work/life balance, then this workshop is for you. Key aspects of this workshop have featured in the journal Nature.
This workshop will show you how to:
take control of your time
stop procrastinating and stay motivated
say NO (and understand why it is so hard to do so)
balance competing demands
manage email and paperwork
work the slightly less hard way
think more realistically about your research productivity
When: Monday 22 April 2024 at 2pm - 4pm AEST
Becoming a research supervisor for the first time can be a daunting experience. The research student expects you to know what you’re doing but you are learning the process yourself. Of course you can learn by trial and error but there are some fundamentals that you can learn that make the experience less daunting for you and more supportive for the student.
Topics covered will include:
Finding the right student
Before they start
Getting off to a good start
Understanding the relevant policies and procedures
The personal side of the relationship
What to do if things go wrong
When: Friday 26 April 2024 at 9:30am - 12pm AEST
If you're a researcher then at some stage you are going to have to present your findings. It's tempting to get up and just read your paper, but to really speak to your audience you need to be able to communicate skilfully and with conviction. We've all been to dull presentations so it's worth your while spending a little time to learn how to do it properly.
This workshop will provide a clear step-by-step structure that you can use again and again to give high quality presentations. It will cover:
How to make your message relevant to your audience
How to structure and link parts of your talk
Preparing materials, notes, handouts, PowerPoint
How to handle questions
Dealing with nervousness
And it will be interactive and fun!
When: Wednesday 19 June 2024 at 9:30am - 12pm AEST
Do you know the single most important thing that determines the quality of a piece of academic writing? You might think it is the data that you have. Or perhaps it is the literature on which you base your research question. Maybe it is the theory you choose. While all these things are important, none of them is as important as the narrative that you construct in your writing.
This workshop will show you why narrative is so important and how to construct a narrative. There will be demonstrations of creating a narrative and opportunity to practice creating your own narrative for either a part of your work or your whole work.
In this workshop you will learn:
why narrative is so important
where you will find the narrative
the power of the 10 year old, and if that doesn’t work, the border collie
how language gets in the way of narrative
how to recognise narrative in others work
how to write the narrative of your own piece of work
When: Thursday 20 June 2024 at 9:30am - 12pm AEST
It's tempting to think that if you are clever and work hard then people will notice and shower you with rewards. Tempting but probably not true. As well as being clever and working hard you also need to be able to promote yourself. In this workshop you will learn strategies for: putting yourself out there, asking for what you want, taking responsibility – not waiting for it to happen, developing your one minute pitch and presenting yourself effectively for promotions, grants, awards
This workshop will look at:
Asking for what you want
Why waiting isn’t enough
Using convincing language
Networking, mentoring and collaborating
Putting yourself in the spotlight
Media and other methods to communicate
When: Wednesday 10 July 2024 at 2pm - 4pm AEST
Many graduate students cite getting and dealing with feedback from their supervisors as one of the most frustrating areas of candidature. Feedback is essential to help the student make progress in their and improve the quality of their outputs. So what can you, as a supervisor, do to ensure they get the feedback they need?
This workshop is for any research supervisor. It covers:
The benefits of positive feedback
The different types of feedback
Varying your type of feedback depending on the candidate's stage
Formats: hard copy, track changes, audio, face to face
How to provide criticism without crushing the recipient
Turnaround time: How long is too long for response time
A few pages or a whole chapter
When the writing/grammar/expression is bad
When they don't listen to your feedback
When: Thursday 25 July 2024 at 9:30am - 11:30am AEST
A lot of hard work and time goes into conducting research. And then more time and work goes into publishing the results. And yet sadly many papers are never read and many findings are never translated into practice. So how do you communicate effectively about your research and its impact? This is important to fulfil funding obligations, to create further funding and collaboration opportunities, to encourage the application of your findings and for your own career.
In this workshop you will learn strategies for:
Developing a communication strategy
Pitching your message to the your audience
How to make it accessible without dumbing down
Dealing with media
Using new media
Developing your one minute pitch
Dealing with the discomfort of it all
When: Wednesday 4 September 2024 at 1:30pm - 4pm AEST
As a researcher you probably know you should plan your research career and you probably do have some ideas of what you would like to achieve in the future. But you probably haven’t taken some dedicated time to work out what you should either 1) be achieving or 2) would like to be achieving. This workshop will give the thinking time and tools to put together a realistic and achievable plan for your research career over the next 3-5 years. We will also work backwards to where you are currently and help you to set goals for shorter term achievements.
In this workshop you will be sent material before the workshop (should take around 5-10 minutes to complete) for you bring along to the session so you can get the most out of the experience.
In this workshop you will learn:
what are reasonable research goals for your discipline and stage of career
the keys to successful goal setting and goal achievement
how to plan in the long term and work backwards to the here and now
how to ensure you get some research outputs soon.
When: Thursday 5 September 2024 at 9:30am - 11:30am AEST
Thirty years of the best research in psychology has shown that it is possible to change habits and behaviours that can get in the way of us achieving our full potential. It is possible to change the beliefs that underpin our behaviours and consequently our successes. Despite there being an incontrovertible evidence base for how to improve our thinking and therefore our behaviours, the skills required to do this are not readily available to those wanting to maximise their performance. This unique workshop will bring you the latest research and practice in cognitive behavioural coaching (CBC) and show you how to apply it to your everyday (and academic) life.
This workshop is an excellent one to do if you have already attended other ThinkWell courses, although it will still be useful for those who are attending for the first time.
In this workshop you will:
find out what CBC is
understand the fundamental thinking errors that reduce our performance
discover how we can use CBC to improve our performance
develop the skills you need to use it for yourself
explore other things that CBC is good for – writing, confidence, resilience, work/life balance, good mental health and more!
When: Thursday 10 October 2024 at 2pm - 4pm AEST
This masterclass is aimed at experienced supervisors. It will look at how to help both the supervisor and the student get the most out of the post-graduate research experience. It draws on the facilitator's experience of working with thousands of research students and research supervisors across the world and there is also the opportunity for supervisors to share their experiences of what works and what doesn't.
It will cover issues such as:
Dealing with different types of students
Getting students to write
Getting students to show you their writing
Giving constructive feedback
Students who write too much
Students for whom English is not their first language
Motivating stalled students
When: Friday 18 October 2024 at 2pm - 4pm AEST
Working in research is both an exciting and challenging experience. It can be an emotional roller-coaster. The excitement of working on something you care about, exploring new ideas and making a contribution to knowledge. The challenges of feeling isolated and overwhelmed, dealing with setbacks, uncertainty, conflict and loss of motivation. Inevitably over the course of your research career you will experience times when things aren’t going so well. This workshop draws on evidence-based strategies to help YOU stay well during your research career.
Topics will include:
Managing the workload
Resilience and finding a balance
Learning how to switch off
Dealing with worries about setbacks and progress
Good habits e.g. exercise, sleep, routines
Dealing with isolation, lack of structure and loss of motivation
Procrastination, perfectionism and over-committing
Disagreements with supervisors and other colleagues
Support for more serious mental health issues
Supporting friends/colleagues who may be struggling