Category Archives: introduction

the thesis introduction

The old adage “first impressions count” really holds true when it comes to thesis introductions. After the title and the abstract, the introduction is the first thing the examiner sees. They/we do form an opinion – sometimes quite a strong … Continue reading

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book writing, day three

It was a pj kind of day. That’s a day where you eat breakfast , but don’t actually get out of your nightgear until you’ve done a substantial slab of writing. So picture us sitting side by side, a bit … Continue reading

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book writing, day two

Well, it’s always about getting started. Despite knowing yesterday what we wanted to say today, we didn’t quite know how it was going to go. Overnight I had the idea that it would be good to go back to the … Continue reading

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writing course day three

The entire five hours today was spent on PowerPoint presentations. People had been asked to prepare a few slides which showed: 1. the name of the journal 2. the title of their paper 3. the big context that would connect … Continue reading

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writing course day two

We began today by looking at the abstract again – the Tiny Text – and then went on to think about titles. After some paired discussion of the potential titles and a bit of work on some volunteers’ abstracts and … Continue reading

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what not to do in a thesis conclusion, part one: christmas present five

The conclusion is one of the most important sections of the thesis, yet it is often done quite badly. This is not good because the conclusion is a key part of the text and thesis writers really need to spend … Continue reading

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using metacommentary to specify your contribution: christmas present three

A metacommentary is the term used to describe a narrative which directs the reader’s attention to the text’s purpose and positioning. According to Graf and Birkenstein (2010), the function of a metacommentary is akin to that of a Greek Chorus … Continue reading

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