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  • 5 Ways To Get The Best

    From Your PhD www.evaluationworks.co.uk

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  • NOW!

    Your time starts

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  • 1. Mark the goalposts

    Focus on your goal(s)

    Why do you want your PhD?

    Why is it important to you?

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  • 1. Mark the goalposts

    When do you aim to complete?

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  • 1. Mark the goalposts

    When do you aim to complete?

    In three years?

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  • 1. Mark the goalposts

    When do you aim to complete?

    In three years?

    Five years?

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  • 1. Mark the goalposts

    Create a timeline for the duration

    Set a completion date (e.g. 10 Nov 2018)

    Mark it at the end of the timeline

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  • 2015 2018 Today

    2015 2016 2017 2018

    Achieve PhD - Celebrate!

    10 Nov, 2018

    3 Nov, 2015 Start Today

    As in this example

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  • 2. Make a plan

    To achieve your PhD goal(s)

    Write down what you need to do

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  • For example

    Review literature

    Develop research question

    Attend conferences

    Collect data

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  • It doesnt have to be

    perfect.

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  • But it should include the main activities

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  • In a logical order

    With how long each will take

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  • 3. Start writing now

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  • Really

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  • Students who complete their thesis/dissertation on time

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  • Write chapters

    as they go.

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  • Throughout

    the study.

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  • Never leave it all

    to the end.

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  • Heres why

    Writing upwards of 40,000 words

    Is no small feat

    By anyones standards

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  • Heres why

    Writing upwards of 40,000 words

    Is no small feat

    By anyones standards

    Even for professional writers

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  • Writing up

    as you go has great

    advantages

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  • It breaks a HUGE (even daunting) task

    A

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  • It breaks a HUGE task into a

    series of

    A

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  • It breaks a HUGE task into a

    series of smaller,

    A

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  • It breaks a HUGE task into a

    series of smaller, more manageable ones

    A

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  • B

    Its easier to write

    while the details

    are fresh in the mind.

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  • Why waste time later? Trying to recall facts you had close to hand.

    Or why you chose to do things a certain way?

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    B

  • C

    Writing as you go creates a

    buffer zone, protecting you against problems/delays.

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  • C

    Three years, five years.

    Who knows what may happen in

    that time?

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  • C

    The more chapters you add to the buffer zone, the stronger it gets.

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  • D

    One more thing. Academic writing is a highly specialized skill.

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  • D

    The earlier you start building your argument, the better.

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  • D Found a new article?

    Make notes Summarize

    What does it mean for your research?

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  • Add each chapter to your plan.

    Dont wait for your supervisor to suggest it.

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  • 4. Set ground rules

    Want feedback on your writing?

    Give your supervisor time to read it

    Negotiate an acceptable turnaround

    Build it into your plan

    But, dont chase until the times up

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  • 5. Set milestones

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  • Remember

    your

    goalposts?

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  • Setting milestones

    breaks up

    the journey

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  • Marking important/

    meaningful

    progress

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  • Like your first presentation

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  • And finishing key

    research stages

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  • And finishing key

    research stages

    Keeping you on

    target

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  • Reached a milestone?

    Great!

    What went well?

    What might you have done differently/better?

    Set your sights on your next milestone.

    And go for it!

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  • Heres to your success!

    Get a free copy of our

    7 Step Research Process here:

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