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Psychologist’s advice to doctoral students about writing a dissertation and defending – Institute of History and Ethnology named after Sh. Sh. Ualikhanov

Psychologist’s advice to doctoral students about writing a dissertation and defending


On January 11, 2023, a psychological training for doctoral students was held at the Institute with the participation of Deputy Director A.T. Abdulina, Scientific secretary N.N. Kurmanalina, researcher M.T. Moryakova and press secretary G.T. Buribayeva, as well as a specially invited specialist psychologist, NLP coach Assel Tasemenovna Zhienbayeva.

Основной целью семинара было обсуждение проблем, с которыми сталкиваются докторанты – от процесса обучения до момента защиты.

During the training with a psychologist, doctoral student M.T. Moryakova raised important issues that hinder the effective work of doctoral students. In particular, she complains about the insufficient funding of foreign internships for doctoral students. Scientific Secretary N.N. Kurmanalina shared her feelings during the defense and joint work with the supervisor. All the nuances that prevent doctoral students from establishing constructive cooperation, as well as in communication with the head, were discussed. The psychologist voiced all the main techniques with internal fears and shared how to build communication with the supervisor and doctoral students in the team.

The psychologist gave advice that, first of all, will help to overcome fears of defense and optimize the process of writing a dissertation, combining it with study, work and family responsibilities.

In addition, according to Asel, she often faces perfectionism from researchers who come to her for consultation. After all, as a rule, many scientists who are perfectionists, first of all, set themselves big goals and, being attentive to details, can not stop working until it is perfect.

To learn about all the points that need to be taken into account in order to stay productive, you will find out on our YouTube channel, where the full version of this training will be published. We hope that this topic will be interesting to you. Don’t miss it.

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