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The uneven U

Publishers often send me academic writing books to review. I happily look through every book, but if I think I can’t wholeheartedly recommend it, I just don’t write a review. I don’t want to crush a fellow author’s soul. The rejected titles sit sadly, in small piles of guilt, on the bottom of one of ...continue reading.

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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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July 2, 2010

Back soon…

The thesis whisperer is on a short vacation: returning on the 15th of July. Any topic suggestions can be left in comments or direct message on twitter @thesiswhisperer.

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July 1, 2010

how to sell your thesis in 3 minutes (or less)

So you want to tell Aunt Betty what your thesis is about? Here’s how.

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June 29, 2010

In praise of the humble whiteboard

One way a humble whiteboard can help you think more clearly about your research

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June 25, 2010

Are you addicted to your PhD?

On the tram this afternoon a friend commented that learning is a very inefficient process. I think this is especially true for PhD students, partly because it is so easy to get distracted. When I was doing my PhD I suspended my facebook account –  but the fridge was still a great source of distraction.continue reading.

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June 23, 2010

Where do good ideas come from?

A PhD thesis or dissertation is supposed to make a “significant and original contribution to knowledge”. This can create a lot of angst amongst research students, partly because originality is often defined, but rarely talked about in actionable ways. In “How to get a PhD”, Phillips and Pugh set out 16 ways to be originalcontinue reading.

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June 21, 2010

What shiny should I buy?

Apple are geniuses at showing us how technology can be used in novel ways within our everyday lives. The latest and greatest of all these gadgets is, of course, the iPad. I have heard all sorts of uses they have been put to: as an ebook reader, as a toy for the kids, as acontinue reading.

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June 16, 2010

5 ways to kill your darlings

Sooner or later each thesis writer finds themselves holding the knife – the virtual one of course. Taking a leaf out of Stephen King’s book – how can we murder our darlings?

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June 14, 2010

Why it might be good to admit you made mistakes – or learn French

What do academics think academics should be able to do? How can PhD students use this to help them to write a great thesis?

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June 10, 2010

How to write a lot

PhD students have to do a lot of a lot of reading. One of our philosophies at the Whisperer is to ease that burden by doing some of the reading for you. With that in mind I present our first book review.

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