The difficult discussion chapter

The discussion chapter is the problem child of the thesis. The chapter most likely to provoke fear, uncertainty and doubt. Not everyone writes a chapter called “discussion”, but everyone has to do discussiony bits because, well – that’s where the creative magic of the PhD happens. The discussion section is scary because you have to […]

What font should I choose for my thesis?

This post is by DrJanene Carey, a freelance writer and editor based in Armidale NSW. She occasionally teaches academic writing at the University of New England and often edits academic theses, articles and reports. Her website is http://www.janenecarey.com Arguably, this question is a classic time waster and the student who poses it should be told […]

How to email your supervisor (or, the tyranny of tiny tasks and what you can do about it)

Ah email… blessing or curse of contemporary academic life? The letter below describes a common email problem between students and supervisors. My response to this letter dwells on the importance of lunch, amongst other things. Hi Inger I follow your Thesis Whisperer blog and I have a question for you about email contact with supervisors. […]

Your first conference

This post is by Kirsty Nash. Kirsty is originally from the UK.  She moved to Townsville in 2002 and completed a MAppSci in Tropical Marine Ecology at James Cook University. She then spent a number of years doing field research in association with Seychelles Marine Park Authority, and teaching college courses in marine biology and […]