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Category Archives: academic writing

Not as easy as it used to be

Not as easy as it used to be

I hear from you that some of the things you need to do for you work are not as easy as they used to be. For example: writing. It might have been very easy when you were undergrad or even Masters student, but now when you are a PhD, postdoc or staff, you find youContinue Reading

Feeling BAD about your writing?

Feeling BAD about your writing?

Are you feeling bad about your writing? Does it lead to procrastination and the fear that it is not going to be good enough? Do you fear that your co-authors or the supervisor will criticise you and it stops you in your tracks? Today’s video is exactly about this same problem: when you feel reallyContinue Reading

Get your Lit. Review DONE!!!

Get your Lit. Review DONE!!!

If you are just starting with your project, if you’ve been reading around for a while and now need to write your Literature Review, it all might seem a bit big and overwhelming… “Where do I even start?..” You’ve read a few papers and now when sitting down to write you realise that you forgotContinue Reading

Stop procrastinating (funny!)

Stop procrastinating (funny!)

Today I want to share with you this funny video by Ellen DeGeneres on procrastination. Sometimes simply hearing someone describing the procrastination and laughing about it helps you to stop procrastinating and to get going with the task!   So what to do if you have the whole day to yourself and want to getContinue Reading

Mastering the Art: The Two Stages of Writing (by Dr. Marialuisa Aliotta)

Mastering the Art: The Two Stages of Writing (by Dr. Marialuisa Aliotta)

This article has been written by Dr. Marialuisa Aliotta and originally published on her blog. About the author: Dr. Marialuisa Aliotta is a Reader in the Nuclear Astrophysics at the University of Edinburgh. She is also a mentor to young academics helping them to master the skill of academic writing. Marialuisa shares writing strategies andContinue Reading