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
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 The uneven U
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
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?
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
Here at the Whisperer we know you read a lot, so we try to do some of the reading for you. There's a lot of books out there on doing a PhD and being an academic - which ones should you buy? If you are a regular reader you will know that Pat Thomson and … Continue reading Book review: Writing for peer reviewed journals
One of the most popular posts on the Thesis Whisperer is How to write 1000 words a day and not go bat shit crazy. Last year a Twitter follower brought to my attention a post called How I went from writing 2000 words to 10,000 words a day by the fiction writer Rachel Aaron. I … Continue reading How to write 10,000 words a day
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
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
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)!