I have pondered on this particular question a great deal over the last few years. I don't think I have an answer, to be honest, because I really don't know what counts as a 'contribution to knowledge' in PhD work. I suspect it means different things in different fields of study. Perhaps for a scientist … Continue reading What exactly is a ‘contribution to knowledge’?
An earlier version of this post appeared on The Writing Centre@UWC here. I am currently working on the full draft of my PhD thesis (hereafter ‘the Thesis’) and this issue of writing for myself and writing for others, like my supervisor and examiners, is very much a current affair. Lately I have been quite focused … Continue reading The value of writing just for yourself
Revisions suck. They really do. Seriously. I hate them. I am so tired now. Why can't this draft just be done? I wish I was like the cobbler in 'The Elves and the Shoemaker' who would wake up in the morning and find that sweet little shoemaker elves had come and helped him to finish … Continue reading Revisions suck