The challenge is simple: spend 24 hours completely cut off from the internet
No email, no Facebook, and definitely no Twitter. No news websites, no blogs, and no amusing videos of cats on YouTube.
Many believe that pain is necessary to succeed, that you have to suffer your way through a PhD. No pain, no gain, no PhD. Is there any truth in this?
This entry is part 9 of 9 in the series Writing & EditingFor the purposes of this course, I’ve defined writing as a form of communication. In the context of a PhD, this usually means the written thesis you submit for examination or papers written for publication. You are writing for somebody else, with the […]
How to stay focused and get things done
It’s not what you might expect, it’s impossible to learn, but you might already have it…
Technology has undoubtedly made life easier for academics, but is this same technology making some PhD students lazy?
There is a lot of advice for writers, and while it varies, some ideas seem to be universally accepted.
One of these is the fear of the blank page, but it’s time we got over this fear…
This is so true, especially in the field of advice for students. The truth is, none of us have discovered “the secret to end procrastination” and there is no perfect system for time management, no perfect system for working with literature, and no single approach to writing.
Writing is fundamentally a form of communication, and so the aim is to successfully transmit information and ideas from your brain to that of the reader.
This is difficult to do, because the information stored in your brain is not stored in a logical order…
For a start, your PhD thesis will probably be the longest document you ever write, at somewhere between about 50 and 100 thousand words.
Not only is a PhD thesis long, it is also complex in structure. It involves communicating multiple complicated ideas and arguments, each of which is difficult to explain in themselves, but is somehow connected to all the other ideas and arguments, and of course all cross-referenced with the literature.
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