Past workshops and courses
Sharing is caring, right? That’s why I decided to share my creative process and the info of all my workshops and seminars to you. I want to inspire and ease the work for others, who may want to organize similar events. <3
Is your doctoral thesis not progressing as planned?
Does it feel difficult to start writing or getting things done?
Have the problems gotten worse because of remote work?
Are you finding it difficult to find motivation for your thesis?
Does thinking about your doctoral thesis cause anxiety, insecurity or fear of failure?
If the above questions apply to your doctoral thesis process, enroll in the doctoral thesis seminar “The Doctoral Thesis Booster”, hosted by Aalto psychologists.
The Aalto study psychologists will organize a seminar (in Zoom) specifically designed for doctoral students who are having trouble finishing their doctoral thesis and have gone over the recommended time limit of 4 years. During the seminar, we will discuss the challenges associated with doing a doctoral thesis and try to find new perspectives on tackling these challenges. The seminar will include topics such as time-management, procrastination, motivation, writing, and emotions connected to doing a doctoral thesis. The seminar is 9 weeks long with one meeting per week. Every other week (5 meetings in total) the meetings (á 90 minutes) will include exercises, group discussions, and a short slot of independently working on one’s own thesis. In between those meetings, every other week, there will be four sessions (á 60 minutes) focused on only writing or advancing the thesis independently, so called “Write it up” -meetings.
Execution: 9 meetings, once a week; discussions, Flinga, theory, Pomodoro
Week 1: Introduction and the thesis process
Week 2: Write it up –meeting
Week 3: Time-management and academic writing
Week 4: Write it up –meeting
Week 5: Procrastination and writer’s block
Week 6: Write it up –meeting
Week 7: Motivation and emotions during the thesis process
Week 8: Write it up –meeting
Week 9: Self-compassion and wrap up of the seminar
<strong>Description</strong>: During this workshop we will discuss and reflect on self-leadership in doctoral studies. Topics include motivation, procrastination, time-management, emotion-regulation and self-compassion. These topics are all relevant and important for both the wellbeing and the success of a doctoral student. The workshop consists of lectures by the teachers, group discussions, and a participatory part, in which you will have time for self-reflection. During the workshop, we will discuss the challenges associated with doing a doctoral thesis and try to find new perspectives on tackling these challenges and developing self-leadership skills. The aim is also to encourage co-reflection and sharing with other participants.
Execution: Two 3-hour sessions, one week a part. Theory, discussions, breakout rooms, Flinga
<strong>Description</strong>: The aim of this workshop is to help you discover what your strengths are, commit to and follow your values, and empower you to make your doctoral journey the best for you. You will also get to know and support your peers through group discussions. The method used in this workshop is called appreciative inquiry, which encourages creative thinking, ideation, and fosters commitment. It’s not just another wellbeing workshop; it’s a place for you to boost your self-confidence, broaden your support networks, and take responsibility of your own doctoral journey.
Execution: 45-50 minutes all together: 10 minutes intro, 10 minutes to discover, 10 minutes to discuss, 5 minutes to dream, 10 minutes to design and deliver; break-out rooms and Flinga.
The aim of this workshop is to support and maintain the work ability of doctoral students during remote working. The workshop is targeted for Aalto doctoral students as well as for staff and faculty who are interested in the topic.
The session includes an introductory part, a participatory part done individually outside (providing the weather agrees) as well as a small group reflection and conclusion.
In the introductory part the aim is to introduce you with a framework of work ability and provide you with notions on successful remote working.
In the participatory part the aim is to encourage reflection, pausing and listening to your inner voice – and encouraging you to experience the nature near you.
In the reflective part done in small groups, the aim is to enhance the importance of co-reflection and sharing. The sharing is voluntarily for participants.
In the conclusion, the aim is to tell you where in Aalto you can find support to enhance your work ability, when needed.
Please, prepare to the workshop by making sure that you have
– clothes and shoes suitable for spending max. 30 minutes outdoors in the weather conditions of the day
– a small, empty box, for example a matchbox that you can keep afterwards
– preferably a possibility to keep your camera open in Zoom during small group discussions (this is up to you of course)
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