Author Archives: pat thomson

About pat thomson

Pat Thomson is Professor of Education in the School of Education, The University of Nottingham, UK

starting the phd – comparing and contrasting papers

Wondering how to bring some of those texts you are reading together? Working with literatures always requires you to summarise, then compare and contrast various aspects of a text. This is a little exercise I often ask people to do right … Continue reading

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defining a contribution – #studythewriting

So you are going to write a paper/book/thesis. You suspect – no, you know – that you’ll need to state your contribution at the outset so that the reader knows what to expect. So it will helpful, as part of … Continue reading

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conferencing your way through doctoral research

This is a guest post written by Julia Molinari. Julia teaches English for Academic Purposes at The University of Nottingham. Her PhD examines what is ‘academic’ about academic writing. Julia tweets as @serenissimaj and blogs as Academic Emergence What follows … Continue reading

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#acwri strategy – start small, amplify, then rehearse

Acclaimed movie director Ridley Scott is a big fan of storyboards. He likes to start with thumbnail sketches which are then developed into a sketchy sequence. This is then worked up into a highly detailed storyboard. Scott focuses each frame on key … Continue reading

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things to do during your PhD – help to edit a special issue of a journal

This guest post is written by Jodie Pennacchia, a final year PhD researcher at The University of Nottingham, based jointly in the Schools of Education and Social Work and Social Policy. Jodie’s research focuses on the English school academies programme. … Continue reading

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buffering your thesis

I’m sure I’m not the only one who finds it excruciatingly irritating to be in the middle of streaming a video or music and the computer stops and spins its little wheel while it downloads more data. Download download, sigh. And it always happens during the … Continue reading

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why do I feel afraid to share my journal paper with the wider world? is this Imposter Syndrome?

This is an anonymous guest post from a PhD researcher. She is seeking advice about her current #acwri situation.  I was first introduced to the imposter syndrome almost two years ago. I never thought it would touch me; I am … Continue reading

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