How your writing centre can help you finish your PhD

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

Academic writing is like a painful, upper middle class dinner party

This blog post is part of a series dedicated to developing ideas for a new book I am writing with Shaun Lehmann (@painlessprose on Twitter) and Katherine Firth of the Research Voodoo blog. "Writing Trouble" will be a Swiss army knife of a book, containing range of strategies and tactics for fixing academic writing that … Continue reading Academic writing is like a painful, upper middle class dinner party

Blogging your way to a PhD?

Calvin Ho (@calvinhyj) is a PhD student in Sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles. He researches skilled labour immigration policies in Western countries. Through the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship program at UCLA, he also mentors minority students planning to pursue doctorates in the humanities and social sciences. Calvin is an avid blogger and … Continue reading Blogging your way to a PhD?

Writing in the middle

This post is from Calvin Ho, a social scientist interested in the effect of international migration policies on individuals, communities, and industries studying at UCLA in the United States. You can catch up with Calvin's latest work and thoughts on his blog. Academics don’t often talk about how they write. By how, I mean the nitty-gritty how. … Continue reading Writing in the middle

How Mendeley Helps PhD Students Become Successful Scientists

I believe it's important to find a reference manager that fits your working style. Most university libraries teach and support Endnote because it was one of the first to market. Many people end up with it because it's the default, but it's not your only choice - or, in my opinion, the best one (I've … Continue reading How Mendeley Helps PhD Students Become Successful Scientists

The best two books on doing a thesis

I started my PhD at the University of Melbourne in early 2006 and finished in 2009. I did well, collecting the John Grice Award for best thesis in my faculty and coming second for the university medal (dammit!). I attribute this success to two 'how to' books in particular: Evans and Gruba's "How to write … Continue reading The best two books on doing a thesis

Drop and give me 20,000 (words)!

Most creativity involves theft. Take Thesis Bootcamp as just one example. Dr Peta Freestone and Dr Liam Connell from the University of Melbourne, didn't really invent the Thesis Bootcamp, but they did steal it creatively appropriate it in a rather special way.  I watched Melbourne University Thesis Bootcamps at a distance, via social media updates. … Continue reading Drop and give me 20,000 (words)!