January 24, 2011

The finish line

This is a guest post by Geof Hill, who trains supervisors and coaches research students. Here Geof offers advice for supervisors and students in the last stages of candidature. It’s exciting when the individual parts of the dissertation start to come together to produce a coherent argument. But seeing the argument in its fullness alsocontinue reading.

November 1, 2010

The stegosaurus strategy

The other day a student came to see me after his mid point presentation. He was upset because the panel chair had questioned the scope of the work and his ability get the rest of it done. The student felt the questioning was out of line. Who was this academic who hadn’t worked in acontinue reading.

September 27, 2010

The art of asking questions

In her first Guest post Julie Rudner wonders about the art of asking questions and its place in the research journey

September 16, 2010

5 ways to make your supervisor happy

Sometimes it’s the little things that count

September 14, 2010

How to win (academic) friends and influence people

It is well known that professors can have favourite students, which usually irritates the heck out of the students who finally work out that they are not on the list. Being the favourite student can carry a lot of power – like access to the supervisor’s time and resources (in a perfect world, of course,continue reading.

July 21, 2010

The goldilocks dilemma

When I was hunting through my reader request pile I found this email from @thetokenlefty asking about writing for different  audiences: I had a quick question for you about this 5,000 word literature review I have to write for my methods course.  It is going to be read and marked by people like yourself —continue reading.

July 15, 2010

The ‘It’s Time’ talk

This one is about a complex supervisor / student relationship issue: what happens if you think your thesis is ready to submit but your supervisor doesn’t?

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