Completing Your PhD
Successfully On Time



This three-day online course provides in-depth guidelines on how to cope with the most common challenges involved in researching and writing a PhD. If you are feeling overwhelmed by your PhD project, over-worked, or having trouble with time-management this course is ideal for you. We give you the tools and techniques you need to complete your PhD on schedule and maintain a healthy work-life balance. You learn how to work more efficiently, how to save time, and how to identify and focus on what matters most.

We teach you to set up a project plan and to monitor your progress, as well as how to optimise supervision and get the support you need. You learn how to plan the thesis-writing process and how to incorporate writing tasks into your normal working day. This training course will help increase your satisfaction as a PhD student and to become a fully professional academic.

What you learn

  • What does it mean to do a PhD?
  • What are the formal requirements & legal aspects?
  • How to manage a PhD project?
  • How to practice time-management?
  • How to monitor the progress of your project?
  • How to deal with supervision problems?
  • How to organise the thesis writing process?
  • How to structure your monograph/papers?
  • How to write efficiently?
  • How to cope with stress?
  • How to deal with low self-esteem?
  • How to achieve better work/life balance?


PhD students in year 1 or 2 of their doctoral studies




max. 20


3 days (9 am – 5 pm)


Dr. Bärbel Tress


Live online

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How We Helped Others With
Their PhD Studies

“It really helps a lot that the instructor was once a PhD student – she understood the problems and had an answer for everything. Now I feel a lot more confident, also from learning that the other PhD students have difficulties and that I have it in my hands to change my current situation. Thank you – because last week I thought about quitting and now I have my motivation back.”

PhD student

Alfred-Wegener-Institute Bremerhaven, Germany

“I couldn’t have wished for a higher quality of the presented material, nor for a better presentation. The mixture between analysing common problems and the self-assessment of the participants as well as the practical side of the exercises, was well balanced and very helpful. The working atmosphere was great, not least due to Bärbel’s professional teaching methods and her open and friendly personality.”

PhD student

Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research, Ås, Norway

“I would definitely recommend this course. From now on, there is no reason to be afraid, to have doubts, or even to be scared of facing incoming challenges, because we were well taught on what to expect, how to handle it and how to go through the specifics of doing a PhD. Whether it’s setting up a project plan, finding motivation or looking to have SMART objectives . . . this course was an inspiration to do things better. It showed me that others have the same problems and I am not alone. I now have a plan of how to better overcome obstacles.”

PhD student

Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research, Braunschweig, Germany

“I did not expect this course to be so useful. Now I print the TRESS ACADEMIC templates for the daily planner each morning – that speaks for itself. During the exercises, I thought: “That actually looks very useful, I should implement it”. Overall, I think I know how to improve my time management efforts during my PhD-time and that is what I particularly wanted – but I got so much more.”

PhD student

University of Applied Sciences, Kiel, Germany

“Thank you so much! Last week I thought about giving up and now I got my motivation back! It really helps that the instructor, Bärbel, was once a PhD student herself – she understood all our problems and had answers to everything. Now I feel so much more confident, also from learning that the other PhD students have similar difficulties and that it is actually up to me to change my current situation.”

PhD student

Alfred Wegener Institute, Bremerhaven