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Converting your thesis to a monograph

Back again! And I just remembered that I promised you guys I’d tell you about what I was planning to do for my Masters thesis once I got the details hashed out with my supervisor…so, here goes! This what I’m … Continue reading

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The final step: working with a thesis editor

So here’s the secret that not enough people get told at the start of their PhD or Masters: when it comes to finalising your thesis, these days, you don’t have to do it all alone. There are plenty of editors … Continue reading

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The big job: revising your thesis manuscript

So, you’ve written your thesis! You have drafts of every chapter, your introduction, your conclusion, your abstract. Your bibliography is looking pretty. You’re done, right? Right? …sorry. No. There’s more work to come, I’m afraid. As we say around this … Continue reading

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Writing tips and tricks 2: reader-centric writing at the micro level

Last week I posted about creating a reader-centric HDR thesis on the macro level—abstract, introduction, chapter and section-level writing techniques to help your examiners track your argument and absorb your ideas as easily as possible. However, reader-centric writing isn’t just … Continue reading

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Writing tips and tricks: reader-centric writing

In many ways, HDR theses are a unique genre—narrowly-focussed pieces of writing with some arcane and specific rules and a very, very small audience to impress. In one way, though, they’re exactly like every other piece of writing: to make … Continue reading

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Planning your thesis: three tips

Yes, I’m posting about how to plan a thesis a week after I posted about how to start writing one. No, that wasn’t a mistake. Why not? Because you can’t really start planning your thesis until you’ve developed some ideas … Continue reading

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Where do I start? Getting words on the page.

This is the first in a series of posts about writing a good Higher Degree by Research thesis, Australian-style. It’s not uncommon for students starting a higher degree by research (PhD or Masters) to feel overwhelmed by the thought of … Continue reading

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