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Review – Graff & Birkenstein: They Say, I Say

Struggling to word your literature review paragraphs or just starting with academic writing? This handbook will come to rescue…. My reading is a mess. Sometimes I’ll get drawn into a book or an interesting article that I won’t put it... Continue Reading →

Day my words grew wings

Love conferences, hate conferences, doesn't matter, as a PhD student, you're likely attend quite a few and present at them too. It is hard capture your research in a 20-minute presentation, but it's worth the effort to see your words... Continue Reading →

At the start of your research career, you may have more questions than answers about how and where to publish. We wrote recently about publishing your first paper, but choosing the right journal might not always be a straightforward process.... Continue Reading →

5 tips on getting your 1st journal paper published

Having your work published for the first time might seem as an intimidating process, but Salma offered to help us by sharing her experience and advice... Recently, my first journal paper was published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, on GPs’... Continue Reading →

Your Thesis Introduction

November might be over, but we know your thesis is still there. Writing the introduction and conclusion sounds like a breeze after wrestling with all the other chapters, but these two might be tricky... Emma shares some fantastic advice on... Continue Reading →

Five Things I Have Done Instead of Writing the Thesis

As the old proverb goes, the longest journey begins with a single step. Notwithstanding the fact that most journeys these-a-days begin with a trawl through Google Maps (other maps are available), this wisdom still rings true. If only that first... Continue Reading →

Review – Paul J. Silvia: How to Write a Lot

  Reading about writing is probably one of my favourite procrastination activities. There are whole shelves filled with academic writing handbooks and manuals, but this book was a game changer for me. Here’s why…   A colleague recommended this book... Continue Reading →

Theses, Novels and Other Hiccoughs

Ever since I can remember I've had a certain natural inclination to write literature. However, having spent most of my life in educational institutions, I seem to have acquired some academic skills too. Now in the third year of my... Continue Reading →

We Need to Talk About Writing

In case you haven’t guessed from the #AcWriMo hashtag flooding your social media channels, November is the Academic Writing month. Yaaay or naaay? Hmmm... How it all began… When I was starting university, I didn’t really think too much about... Continue Reading →

Is Social Theory the hardest language to learn?

So, I signed up for a working group on Social Theory. I have so far spent my short academic life trying to avoid anything theoretical, but as I am about to enter the second year of PhD study I realised... Continue Reading →

A Letter to First-Year-Self – Züleyha

Every PhD is a journey and sometimes it is nice to take a moment to look back and see how far we have gone. Read the letter Züleyha wrote to First-Year-Self and let us know if you would like to share... Continue Reading →

The “crap” is not a waste – Tomi

One of my academic-leisure-hobbies (pardon the deliberate tautology) is to chat with PhD students who are well advanced beyond the point I am at the moment - which is the end of my first year. I am one of those... Continue Reading →

PhD timeline fun – Bernie

So last week, I had the most amazing levels of productivity.  I still have no idea where that came from, but I'm thankful that it did, so I'm trying not to over-think it.  Then on Sunday, I fell over while... Continue Reading →

Post-presentation Blues | Sarah Jane

After presenting at a departmental seminar yesterday, to the recently appointed professor, it was difficult to defend against the post-presentation blues. Luckily enough, with supervisor support, a full blown break down was averted and my optimism restored for now. I... Continue Reading →

Help! I’m drowning in questions |Thomas Bray

Today, I found a letter from my younger self which shook me to my core. Leafing through my laptop's myriad folders, I came across a file entitled PhD questions I have to answer right now! Curious, I opened it up,... Continue Reading →

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