What these students show is they see reading as an intelligence test. (To be fair, they probably learned this from school.) As a graduate student, they have been a ‘smart’ person all their life, but maybe now they are not smart, or not smart enough.
Last time I posted about “pre-research”, I talked about moving from pre-research into searching and then researching for a literature review. I … More
We all know academic writing “shouldn’t quote Wikipedia”… but what we often get wrong is why it’s not ‘the done … More
Katherine Firth on why you should approach texts less like a Victorian maiden and more like a pirate hero. One … More
Often we think we’ve learned to read by the time we were about eight. We know that we have to continue … More
One of the most problematic pieces of advice I see is the suggestion that you should ‘write from day one’ … More
It’s funny, we talk about limitations as if they were a bad thing. As if eternity and infinity and boundlessness … More
One of my favourite bloggers is Inger Mewburn, The Thesis Whisperer. We had coffee one afternoon last year, and I … More