Motivation and Encouragement for Dissertation Writers Across Disciplines

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Website Wednesday: Gradshare

In communication, online resources, Website Wednesday on June 30, 2010 at 5:00 am

Gradshare is an online graduate student community “where graduate students help each other succeed.” What a fantastic idea!

At this site, you can pose a question or problem and hear what other graduate students in your field have to say about it. When you ask a question, you choose the subject area where you want to post it.

You can explore the site without joining first to see if the community might be helpful for you. Here are a couple example questions to give you a taste of the conversations happening at Gradshare:

  • Humanities: Anyone else out there working on a thesis dealing with Catholic priests or the Catholic priesthood?
  • Physical Sciences: Has anyone used software to do peak deconvolution? If so what software did you use and were you able to get quantifiable results?
  • Social Sciences: How does authorship work with dissertations?

This is a great site to learn from the experiences of your graduate students peers – and don’t forget to share your experiences as well!


Website Wednesday: Advice to Writers

In online resources, TD:D Giveaway!, Website Wednesday on June 23, 2010 at 5:44 am

The website Advice to Writers includes daily quotes, writing manual recommendations, and links to articles and essays about writing.  Although some of the resources are meant for fiction writers, several are also applicable to dissertation writing.

One of my favorite motivational quotes from the site is by Tara Moss who says, “Write. Start writing today. Start writing right now. Don’t write it right, just write it –and then make it right later. Give yourself the mental freedom to enjoy the process, because the process of writing is a long one. Be wary of “writing rules” and advice. Do it your way.”

If you find any articles or resources on the site that you especially like, please share them in the comments section below.

And don’t forget that today is the last day to enter the TD:D Giveaway.  Check back tomorrow to find out the winner!

Website Wednesday: Dissertation Haikus

In creativity, Website Wednesday on June 16, 2010 at 5:26 am

Ok, so I’m slightly obsessed with Haiku poems.

Here’s why these 5, 7, 5 syllable gems are so great:

  • they are short and easy to read
  • they force you to be creative
  • they help you hone your writing skills to be more concise
  • they are fun
  • they are easy to share
  • they don’ take much time to write

Thus, it’s no surprise that I love the Dissertation Haiku Blog where dissertation writers transform their looooong projects into a short haiku.  As the site explains, “Dissertations are long and boring. By contrast, everybody likes haiku.”

Check out the Haiku Blog to learn about how you can submit your own creation – or post your dissertation haiku in the comments section below!