Building a Productive Relationship with your Supervisor

Completing a PhD thesis is, in many respects, a solo endeavour; nevertheless, the PhD is a guided academic journey and your guide—the thesis supervisor or supervisors—plays a vital role in that voyage. Whether you are in the process of approaching potential academic supervisors, have recently started your project with a new supervisor or have a

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Best tools and tips for collecting thesis data online

Since theses are usually built on original research conducted by the PhD candidate, many researchers need to collect a large amount of data—both qualitative and quantitative—to meet the requirements of their doctoral studies. With the ability to connect to thousands—even, potentially, millions—of people via the Internet, in some ways there has never been a better

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The difference between passive and active voice

Verbs are tricky things. At their most basic level, they describe actions, and what or whom those actions affect. The vast majority of sentences contain verbs and at least one noun (though often more than one)—usually the ‘doer’ and the ‘done to’—or to be more technical, the subject and the object. For example: Mikey swept

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What are headings and why are they important?

Definition of heading A heading is a short phrase describing what the succeeding section is all about. You can think of it as the title of that particular section. Short documents usually do not require the use of headings. For theses and other complex readings, however, headings are important because they help readers identify the

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How to correctly use abbreviations and acronyms/initialism

First, let us define the terms Abbreviation, Acronym and Initialism. According to merriam-webster.com, abbreviation is ‘a shortened form of a written word or phrase used in place of the whole,’ while acronym is ‘a word (as NATO, radar, or laser) formed from the initial letter or letters of each of the successive parts or major

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How to Choose Your Degree or Your Major

For students considering enrolling in a degree, trying to decide which degree is right for them can be extremely difficult. Similarly, for students in a general degree, like a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science, choosing a major can be very tough. Some people have known since they were kids what they wanted to

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How to Paraphrase

  Paraphrasing is a very useful skill in academic writing. It allows you to present the ideas of researchers and academics in your essay or paper in your own words and writing style, while providing a reference for where you found the information. However, if you don’t master the skill correctly, you might be accused

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How to Write a Literature Review

A literature review is a secondary source conducted from the study of original or primary source and survey of books, scholarship articles, journals, theses, dissertations and other related resources. It is not researching on a topic but it is a review of others’ existing works or researches on the topic you are interested to do

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How do I motivate myself to write my thesis?

The human brain is a funny thing. Even when we have a great reason to do something—a clean house, money, more free time, better health, greater knowledge—we somehow find ways to procrastinate and dawdle, preferring the easier but less preferable present to the more difficult but more rewarding future. Writing a thesis is much the

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Reading for Academic Purposes: How to Read Critically for Academic Purposes

Anyone enrolled in a university degree understands the challenges of academic reading. It is a painstaking, time-consuming and stressful task. Unlike reading for pleasure for which many people can spend days and nights sticking with the same book, reading for academic purposes can sometimes cause boredom and frustration. Many people are put off by the

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