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Write It Out!

Conference season is far from over, so Adjunct Associate Professor Adrian Martin is here to give you a few pointers when it comes to preparing for your first-ever presentation (but hey, it’s also a good refresher for those old pros!)…... Continue Reading →

Relax: you’re not supposed to know what you’re doing

Do you ever feel like a cat stuck in a tree? Dr Karen Sutherland is here to calm your nerves and tell you exactly, and honestly, how she felt before earning that title before her name...   - “It was... Continue Reading →

Review – “265 Troubleshooting Strategies for Writers”

Yes, we tested another writing manual. Yes, PhD students are not the target audience of “265 Troubleshooting Strategies for Writers”, but hey, 265… We were curious. Read on to see how they worked. I might have mentioned in previous posts... Continue Reading →

The Evolution of PhD Writing

Three years is a long time and many things change as we learn and grow along with our thesis. Ana describes how her academic writing changed since the first year of PhD...  It is November and social media, as well... Continue Reading →

10 tips towards PhD thesis submission

The last few miles are sometimes the hardest part of the journey. In our new post, Salma shares her tips on acing the PhD thesis submission... I recently submitted my full draft thesis to my three supervisors to check. Prior to... Continue Reading →

#DailyPhD: From Lab to Thesis Writing

In the final stages of their studies, many students replace lab or fieldwork sessions with intense thesis writing at their office desk, library or home. After two weeks of thesis writing, Megan from #DailyPhD shared her experience of this process... As... Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

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 →

Weathering Research – Thomas Bray

No-one, and I mean no-one, could ever accuse the British summer of being annoyingly consistent. Quite the contrary: this year it seems to have run the complete gamut, from A for angered storms to Z for Zeus' revenge (yes, I... Continue Reading →

How to create “Head space” for writing

Momentum is so important to the writing of your PhD. There's nothing better than the feeling that you're on a roll, that the ideas are flowing and that this may well be the greatest piece of scholarship ever. But it's all... Continue Reading →

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