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  • Writing as an imaginary conversation with your reader
    It’s the end of #acwrimo!! Did you take part in Academic Writing Month this year? I certainly did. It was lockdown, so this year we made a big deal of it at ANU. Not to put too fine a point on it, I taught my ass off. You can see some of the workshops I ...continue reading....
    Thesis Whisperer /TWC Published on: 01 Dec 2021

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  • citation blues #1-#4
    Blues  – African-American musical form dealing with sorrows, trials and tribulations Blue –  Australian slang for making a mistake. As in “I made a blue”  So its possible, (particularly if you are Australian), to have the blues about making a blue. A … Continue reading →...
    Patter Published on: 06 Dec 2021

  • The Research Trajectory
    I have been talking about the research trajectory with my students for years. I describe my conception of this trajectory, which I call ‘The Helen Kara Inverted Bell Curve Of Research’. I often use this conception to help me explain … Continue reading →...
    Helen Kara Published on: 25 Nov 2021





  • Kind Prep
    Bring a quality of kindness to your preparation for the viva. Don’t overload yourself. Don’t start late so that you put pressure on your work. Don’t rush so that you can make the most of it. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Be kind to your future self by...
    Viva Survivors Published on: 07 Dec 2021


  • New webinar for PhDs on 9 Dec
    I’ve been busy getting ready (read: fighting with software) for my upcoming webinar… and you’re invited! It’s called How Get Clear on Your Career Path… The post New webinar for PhDs on 9 Dec appeared first on From PhD to Life....
    From PhD to Life Published on: 07 Dec 2021