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)
I have been silent for far too long in this space, my creativity stifled by fatigue and channeled into other writing - book chapters, course outlines, lecture notes and far too many emails. I have been thinking a lot about 'fitness' for research, as I have been feeling terribly out of shape, and I am … Continue reading PhD workout: getting ‘reading fit’
Literature reviews are the one section of a PhD thesis, article or undergraduate assignment that strike fear into the hearts of even the most confident of students. Why are we so terrified of them? Reams of writing, many blogs and online advice pages, and hours of anxiety are devoted to literature reviews - the writing, … Continue reading Literature review or ‘contextual framework’?
One of the most unpleasant surprises, getting into writing papers based on or even largely out of my thesis, has been how much reading I still have to be doing, in spite of having done a great deal already for the actual PhD. I feel I should not be as surprised as I have been: … Continue reading Finding what you need to read: Is it really elementary, my dear Sherlock?
My last post on reading your PhD field received more attention that my last few posts have received, so I feel I have touched a chord here; reading is tricky area of PhD study that doesn't receive as much press as writing does. Actually, that's true in academia more generally - there is a lot … Continue reading Reading your way into your field: tips for navigation