Doing a copy edit of your thesis

This post is by Dr. Jay Daniel Thompson, who teaches at the University of Melbourne, and works as a freelance editor. Dr. Thompson has a background in research administration, and remains interested in issues facing postgraduate students and early career researchers. He can be contacted via email at jaydthompson80@gmail.com There are many lists of skills … Continue reading Doing a copy edit of your thesis

How to be a cognitive miser (in a good way)

At ANU we run a program called 'Thesis Bootcamp', adopted from the Melbourne University program of the same name invented by Liam Connell and Peta Freestone. Thesis bootcamp challenges PhD students to write as much as 20,000 words on a single weekend of intensive writing in a group setting. We run four Thesis Bootcamps a … Continue reading How to be a cognitive miser (in a good way)

Are you demoralised by your PhD?

This post is by Samantha Fitch, a PhD Student at School of Population Health at the University of Auckland As I approach the 3-year mark, I’m the worst person to talk to if you want to do a PhD. I heard an undergraduate student say how she “just loved research”. I replied – “I felt … Continue reading Are you demoralised by your PhD?

Better than Donald – how to argue like a pro

As I write, The USA has one more sleep till election day - and the world will breathe out. It's been rough watching Donald and Hillary duke it out. Just to be clear US based readers - I am not judging you by the level of discourse amongst your politicians. Australia had an election in … Continue reading Better than Donald – how to argue like a pro

Advice, cheaper by the pound

Advice is plentiful at the start of any big life journey: marraige, pregnancy... and starting your PhD. Friends and family have no hesitation in offering it and this blog is now but one amongst many offering stories and ideas about the start of the PhD journey. What advice should you listen to and what should … Continue reading Advice, cheaper by the pound