I am finding the issue of tense in my thesis a tricky one. At least two of the six chapters were written last year and very early this year before I gathered the data and analysed it. So they were written in the present or future tense - 'This study will use this framework...' or … Continue reading Getting tense about tense
Questions about fonts may seem frivolous, but I don't think they are. We had a small discussion about this last year in the online chat space allocated to the PhD programme I am part of, and my supervisor posted this great link, explaining, at least in part, why decisions about font styles are not actually trivial. … Continue reading Which font says ‘Serious PhD Research Herein’?
I spent the last weekend before handing in my draft (yipppee!) writing my 'literature review'. I am using the 'bunny ears' because I am not sure that what I am calling a literature review in my thesis would be considered by many as a review of the literature in the more traditional sense in which … Continue reading Some thoughts on a literature review in progress
So, I have written and submitted the first draft. It is a huge achievement because I can see that this really will get done now; I will finish this year. But reaching this milestone has meant working every day, seven days a week (for at least part of each day) for the last month or … Continue reading PhD fatigue
At the beginning of this year I spent a frantic week applying for a doctoral sabbatical grant from the National Research Foundation here in South Africa. These grants are designed to buy you out of your teaching/academic work for a period of time so that you can focus on and finish your PhD. I heard … Continue reading The ups and downs of study leave