I hope you will indulge me a little, but I am going to do some blog therapy with this post. I am in a bit of a writing rut, and need to get out and get writing, but somehow Book Writing feels almost impossible right now. The thought of opening the file I am working … Continue reading Book writing: blog therapy (and some writing help)
As a supervisor now, I am tasked with helping the students who are just starting out to find a way into their field, through reading (and keeping a reading journal). As a researcher and writer, I also have to work out, when I start a new paper or new project, where and how to start … Continue reading Reading: pointing yourself in the right direction(s)
Reading. One of the most important, but often most invisible, activities academics and scholars have to engage in to actually be academic, and scholarly. As a postgraduate student - honours, master, PhD especially - you will know that reading is a big part of your weekly workload, especially in the first part of your study, … Continue reading Reading: hard to teach, hard to do
I used to work in a university writing centre until quite recently, and the tutors I worked with and I read a great deal and talked a great deal about writing to learn, rather than only about learning to write. More specifically, we talked about writing to think, or writing to discover what it is … Continue reading Writing to think, or writing to discover your thoughts
I follow 'Shit Academics Say' on Facebook, and the inspiration for this post comes from a post on their feed (similar to the image below). PhD students have such a range of experiences of, and feelings about, doing their PhDs. A basic sense of human psychology tells us that repressing emotions and feelings, positive or negative, can … Continue reading My PhD is… How do you represent your PhD to yourself and others?