The conclusion is a tricky chapter. Firstly because you're probably knackered from writing a whole thesis. Secondly because knowing what to include without too much repetition is a tough call. There is no consensus over just how long a conclusion should be and examiners will have their preferences. So, what should you do then? I'm… Continue reading Resources for writing your PhD conclusion
Category: Tips and tricks
Resources for structuring your thesis
A thesis is a big piece of writing. If you're anything like me, you're becoming increasingly aware of this as the deadline approaches... Some of us will find our thesis structure emerges effortlessly, others of us will struggle to think how best to put it together. So I've rounded up some top tips and useful… Continue reading Resources for structuring your thesis
Advice for anyone starting a PhD
Last month we reached out on academic Twitter looking for advice for first year PhD students. We had lots of comments with some wonderful advice that we’ve put together into one constructive, positive blog post. Here are our top picks: EXERCISE. Lots of people stressed the importance of doing exercise and making sure you take… Continue reading Advice for anyone starting a PhD
What advice would you give first year PhDs?
Free writing exercises to get typing!
How is it that a blank page, with that blinking cursor, can be so intimidating? Free writing exercises are used by writers of all kinds of books and articles, from fiction to academic and journalistic. They help you "just write" when you can't think of where to start; they help you put those first few… Continue reading Free writing exercises to get typing!
Top sociology podcasts
Here's a round-up of the top sociology podcasts out there recommended by academic Twitter: Thinking Allowed on the BBC - this is a classic. Laurie Taylor talks to two or three experts on a sociological topic. It has been going for years, so you have (at time of writing) 626 episodes to choose from. The… Continue reading Top sociology podcasts
My top tips for organising a BSA PGForum Regional event, Ruth Beresford
I organised and hosted a BSA Postgraduate Regional Event in March 2018 while a third year PhD student at the University of Sheffield. My research relates to the sociological study of sex, sexuality and pornography, and over the course of my PhD it has not always been easy to meet researchers in the same area.… Continue reading My top tips for organising a BSA PGForum Regional event, Ruth Beresford