As you may remember, a little while back, I asked you what your biggest struggle was.
Today, I’m going to try and tackle one of the most popular topics that were mentioned:
This week, our round-up takes a closer look at the PhD, from start to finish, with some writing and thesis advice in the middle…
(This one is a tad long – I think I overdid myself and beat my record – with over 60 links…)
“When people hear that I am in a doctoral program they often express some interest in my work or they say something that infers I have a great deal of intelligence. […] I’ve started to tell people the little known secret: successfully entering and completing a PhD program does not hinge on intelligence.”
“Most of us who have done well academically have learnt to follow written and unwritten rules to the letter. This socialisation made the necessary rule breaking of interdisciplinary work particularly confronting, but held promise of bringing something fresh and vital to problem solving and a bit of liberation. A noble pursuit!”
Before creating this website, when I first set out to find interesting information about the literature review to point my students to, I found many dull, long-winded library websites. And then I found Ben’s blog, Literature Review HQ.
Ben has been blogging about the literature review for many years now, since he found himself confronted to the exercise as a PhD student. And nowadays he keeps finding new and interesting ways to make this very topic interesting.
He proves it once again today in the guest post below, where he is going to tell you about the untold benefits of writing a literature review.
I hope you’ve got a good cup of tea and are sitting comfortably because this week’s link round-up is full to the brim with interesting articles about academia, from graduate school (and the perpetual lack of money) to managing your CV and career.
Have a good read!
Busting the myths of online graduate school: “An online master’s degree is a great option for those who can’t necessarily afford going to a ‘brick and mortar’ school, and who need to continue working while they get their degree.”
How has your week been? Mine has been a little bit frantic… But tonight I’m on holiday!
I’ll be away for two weeks, so I might not update the website as much as usual. But I’ve been programming a long flow of interesting links on my Twitter account, so do have a look there!
Speaking of links… Here is this week’s round-up.
Do you treat your research notes as a personal database? Because you should!
First, I wanted to take a little moment to celebrate: I just reached 100 followers on Twitter!
If you want to be my 101st follower, join me over here: https://twitter.com/HowToLitReview
So, let’s begin this round-up with a couple of good tweets I found this week:
Want to jumpstart your literature review? Look for announcements of special issues. Most come with the newest and juiciest bits of research
— m_icha (@m_icha) March 19, 2015
A work environment that enhances your productivity. It looks really great; I’m definitely going to try it out!
Why it’s important to communicate your unfinished and imperfect academic work.
It can be so hard to dress for a conference. This post generated a great discussion in its comments.