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The monkey demon of PhD guilt

You know the feeling. You are doing a PhD, and you feel you should be working on it. You go to bed, and there’s a nagging sense that you should be working. You go on holiday, and there’s a nagging

Image courtesy of Mike Aquino, CC (NC) http://f.tqn.com/y/goseasia/1/S/3/j/-/-/ubud_wenara_wana_06.JPG

The monkey demon of PhD guilt

You know the feeling. You are doing a PhD, and you feel you should be working on it. You go to bed, and there’s a nagging sense that you should be working. You go on holiday, and there’s a nagging

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Visual planning techniques

I’m a huge fan of sketching out a plan. I find it helps me structure things and clarify what I’m doing. Here are some examples. Thanks to all the students who allowed me to take pictures of their plans! Don’t plan

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Visual planning techniques

I’m a huge fan of sketching out a plan. I find it helps me structure things and clarify what I’m doing. Here are some examples. Thanks to all the students who allowed me to take pictures of their plans! Don’t plan

Think -> Write -> Edit -> Polish

Narrative Outlines are a better way to plan chapters

So, I’m hesitant about detailed plans because I notice that people often get stuck in them. They make a plan then have to do this crazy steeplechase race to get from point to point, and they end up getting tied

Think -> Write -> Edit -> Polish

Narrative Outlines are a better way to plan chapters

So, I’m hesitant about detailed plans because I notice that people often get stuck in them. They make a plan then have to do this crazy steeplechase race to get from point to point, and they end up getting tied

Ready to comment on a manuscript on a weekend, typical supervisor style.

What your supervisor means when they give advice on your draft

Okay, so this is something that I watch candidates go through, and also something I discovered when I started to give feedback as a supervisor myself. Your supervisor is probably not actually that good at giving written feedback on drafts.

Ready to comment on a manuscript on a weekend, typical supervisor style.

What your supervisor means when they give advice on your draft

Okay, so this is something that I watch candidates go through, and also something I discovered when I started to give feedback as a supervisor myself. Your supervisor is probably not actually that good at giving written feedback on drafts.

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10 tips for more concise writing

Writing concisely is a great skill–useful for 200-word conference abstracts, 7000-word articles, elegant emails and effective cover letters. Here are 10 tips that I have gleaned over time. 1. Start sentences with the subject.  This is both a grammatical point

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10 tips for more concise writing

Writing concisely is a great skill–useful for 200-word conference abstracts, 7000-word articles, elegant emails and effective cover letters. Here are 10 tips that I have gleaned over time. 1. Start sentences with the subject.  This is both a grammatical point

Why I’m not a Girl Guide any more

Okay, this is the final post, I think, in this mini-series on how my very, very brief time in the Girl Guides actually gave me some super-useful life skills, and how they can help us in academia. Except this one

Why I’m not a Girl Guide any more

Okay, this is the final post, I think, in this mini-series on how my very, very brief time in the Girl Guides actually gave me some super-useful life skills, and how they can help us in academia. Except this one

Lion, tiger and bear stamps. ArtsWrite 2015.

Recognising voluntary labour in Higher Education: More things I learned from Girl Guides

I was a Girl Guide once. Not for very long, but there were a few things I learned there that have stayed with me as useful for life. Here’s the first in a new mini-series of posts about it.  Badges

Lion, tiger and bear stamps. ArtsWrite 2015.

Recognising voluntary labour in Higher Education: More things I learned from Girl Guides

I was a Girl Guide once. Not for very long, but there were a few things I learned there that have stayed with me as useful for life. Here’s the first in a new mini-series of posts about it.  Badges