#Take5 #22: The best way to make PhD Students write?

#becomingeducational It’s really summer now!!
Firstly: HAVE YOU REVIEWED YOUR YEAR?
Active review is always useful. At the end of any significant activity – from a day out to a whole academic year – take a moment to pause, reflect – and surface the learning/growth/development/achievements/losses …
of that moment/day/year.
It is when we take these moments to reflect that we understand our world and ourselves better.
Tips:
* NEVER beat yourself up – so even if you did not keep to your study timetable – work out WHY it didn’t work this time – and plan to do it differently next time
* Have a thinking plan: what did i do – why – what were my feelings – what did I learn – what next… is one that we recommend in our book (Essential Study Skills: the complete guide to success at university) – but other strategies work too: What surprised me – what enlightened me – what did I do about that?
* Get creative – and do it as a ‘journalling’ (or scrap book) activity: http://www.yourlifeyourvoice.org/…/tip-tips-for-journaling.…
* Get digital – and do it as a colourful, illustrated online blog.
AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT:
What do you think about the idea of THESIS BOOTCAMP?
And do you want one in your University?

Take 5

The Thesis Boot Camp

Thank you to Heather Campbell for this #Take5 post

Take twenty-six PhD students, keep them in a room for 24 hours over a weekend, feed them, water them, motivate them and encourage them, and what happens? They write. In fact, collectively they write over 200,000 words towards their theses.

Here at Queen Mary University of London the Thinking Writing team have just completed our fourth Thesis Boot Camp and the event seems to be going from strength to strength. The premise of providing the time, space and motivation for PhD students to write may be a simple one, but the impact of the boot camp on the students seems to be immense. One reason is that we also provide something less immediately obvious – support. Whether it be gently pushing them to achieve more than they think they can, helping them to overcome writers’ block, or…

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