Special notice: The Thesis Whisperer has paused during the Covid-19 pandemic while I deal with matters close to home - at ANU and in my local Canberra community. There will be no new posts for a couple of months and I have turned off comments on old posts. But there are over 600,000 words of … Continue reading How do I write the discussion section?
Being a research developer is a bit like being a GP: problems looked at early can be treated easily, but the longer the patient waits, the less we can help. This post is on the value of getting problems in writing treated early and is by Dr. G. David "Dave" Beasley. Dave completed his PhD in … Continue reading How your writing centre can help you finish your PhD
Dr Lynne Kelly has authored and sold more books than anyone else I know - and I live a life surrounded by people who write and publish for a living. I've known Lynne for many years, both personally and professionally. She wrote non-fiction books before she started her PhD so perhaps it is no surprise that … Continue reading Keep the quirky bits! Turing your PhD into a best selling book
Part of the fun of being Thesis Whisperer is the emails I get from all around the world. Many of them outline classic PhD student dilemmas, which are excellent blog fodder, such as this one, from Laura S: Have you, or have you considered anything along the lines of *actually finishing* writing? I can produce … Continue reading A 5 step program for finishing your PhD (finally!)
There's a LOT of books out there on how to do a thesis/dissertation (some of them written by me). I've managed to plough through a couple of new books on the subject recently and this post is a compilation of my reviews plus one reader review from Jasmine Jenson at the end. There's still a … Continue reading Some new books on writing
I'll admit it: I'm a sucker for anything 'artisanal'. I love homeware shops full of hand crafted ceramic bowls, grocery stores with local honey and cafes with stripped brick walls and special regional coffees. I am nearly 50 (I know, I can hardly believe it either) so as soon as I become aware that a … Continue reading The artisanal PhD
A month or two ago, I wrote a post called 'The Uneven U' which outlined ideas about paragraph structure from Eric Hayot's book “The elements of academic style: writing for the humanities”. Briefly, Hayot claims that there are five levels of abstraction in sentence structure: Level five: Abstract; general, oriented toward a solution or conclusion … Continue reading How to harness the power of semantic gravity in your writing
Karin Hosking is a Canberra-based editor and proofreader. She specialises in thesis editing and particularly enjoys working with students and academics from non-English speaking backgrounds. Her LinkedIn profile is here and she can be contacted via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. In this post Karin explains the basic work of an editor and what you can expect them to … Continue reading Who needs an editor? You.
Confused about this 'gap' in the literature that you are meant to find? This post is by Associate Professor Martin Davies; Principal Fellow in Higher Education in the Melbourne Graduate School of Education and a Senior Learning Advisor working with HDRs and staff at Federation University. He has written six books, including Study Skills for … Continue reading Mind the Gap
Have you ever wondered what happens after the examiners give you feedback on your dissertation? In the UK and many other countries, this feedback is given in an oral presentation called the Viva. The viva is becoming more common in Australia, but most people will still get a written report from the examiners. It is … Continue reading What nobody tells you about ‘minor corrections’