Tag Archives: Pat Thomson

preparing for the PhD oral exam

As a supervisor it is part of my job to help doctoral researchers prepare for their viva. I’ve not done one myself, as Australian PhDs are typically examined by means of a long report from two or three examiners. However, … Continue reading

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supervision and feedback

So this week there’s a bit of tweet humour about how US grad students might interpret feedback from faculty trained in the UK. If you haven’t seen it here’s a taste. They say “With the greatest respect”, the grad student … Continue reading

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style and structure – according to Berger

There are a lot of books about academic writing out there. And I buy a lot of them too! The majority of academic writing books are written by people who are in academic development or writing instruction; others work in … Continue reading

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should I number my thesis?

I’ve just been in a university where doctoral researchers are issued with a thesis template. This automatically sets up the font, layers of headings and the section and subsection numbering systems. If doctoral researchers decide to use this template, and … Continue reading

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read what you want to write

One of the common pieces of advice given to creative writers is to read widely, work out what you like and then write like those you admire. This writing-like-admirable-others requires the aspiring creative writer to analyse various aspects of the … Continue reading

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choosing a thesis examiner

Most supervisors want to discuss the choice of thesis examiners with the doctoral researcher. This may well be more than a single conversation; instead a rather long intermittent musing. There may be a short list of examiners early on, but … Continue reading

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book writing/ half day seven

Today was a little period of review before Barbara left. We had the option of going through everything we’d written in some detail, or just doing a brief reprise. We opted for the latter, adding into the text the various … Continue reading

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book writing, day six

Today we got up rather earlier than usual and were breakfasted and seated at the desk at 7.46 precisely. Yes, yes in pjs. It’s a habit now. We were pretty determined to break the back of the last section by … Continue reading

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book writing, day five

The brain is a wonderful thing. I woke up this morning knowing what was wrong with our first chunk. I’d been feeling dissatisfied with it since we started, but hadn’t been able to put my finger on what the problem … Continue reading

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book writing, day four

Yippee. Today we wrote 3118 words, about half of the first chunk of the book. There are six or seven chunks in total, some of them much longer than this first one. We began writing quite early today, at around … Continue reading

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