Should I get an editor for my thesis?

I often get asked if students are allowed to use professional editors. In most universities you can and there are even funds provided for this purpose in some cases. Brendan Brown, Director of The Expert Editor, an Australian professional editing company that specialises in thesis editing, sent me this article recently. I thought the article […]

The zombie thesis

I have a friend, let’s call him Darryl. Darryl used his skills from a former life as a project manager to bring his PhD in on time and on budget. This involved carefully setting constraints around his project so it was doable and collecting data in a time efficient fashion. When this was done Darryl […]

The ‘ex-wife strategy’ and other tips for acting like a meerkat

This post is by Cassily Charles from Charles Sturt University where she is the academic writing coordinator for Higher Degree Research Students in the CSU Academic Support Unit. (ie: another thesis Whisperer). In this post Cassily picks up on an earlier post from February on the topic of PhD student as Meerkat – a powerful […]

Thesis by publications: you’re joking, right?

This post is written by Dr David Alexander, who has recently been awarded his PhD at the University of Queensland. He is currently taking a well-deserved break and pursuing some non-academic endeavours, including motivational speaking, trivia hosting and professional calligraphy writing. In this blog, David writes about his experience of producing a thesis composed entirely of […]

Are research students a bit like Meerkats?

This post is by Cassily Charles from Charles Sturt University and fellow Thesis whisperer. Cassily is the Academic Writing Coordinator for Higher Degree by Research students in the CSU Academic Support Unit (ccharles@csu.edu.au). In this post, Cassily follows up her eariier post on misunderstandings about personal writing processes, and how they can lead to conflict […]

Do you really believe what you are writing?

I often make my doctoral students cry, but I hasten to add it’s not because I am mean. The supervision work I do is emotionally intense because I seem to have (accidentally) become a specialist in helping people who have had difficult candidatures for one reason or another. Gina Wisker calls these people ‘doctoral orphans‘ […]