The process of submitting your thesis in hard copy for the viva exam is often not particularly high on the list of worries towards the end of the write-up. If you're pushed for time, you're likely more concerned about finishing and polishing the conclusion, or receiving those last-minute comments and corrections from supervisors. However, the … Continue reading Tips for submitting the thesis
Wow! I got back from the 6th Experimental Archaeology Conference on Sunday evening, and it's taken a few days for me to collect my thoughts. I was presenting a paper on 'Teaching and learning in Experimental Archaeology' (abstract here), which is one of the reasons I have been quiet recently. Along with proof-reading and chapter-writing … Continue reading 6th Experimental Archaeology Conference, York, 2012
Presenting at conferences is an important part of entering academic society, and grad students are usually encouraged to present their PhD work at least once to a major conference. But before you even get to the stress of writing a presentation, you have to be successful in the scrum that is abstract submission. Considering the … Continue reading Tips on writing an abstract for a conference paper
Previous post: Introduction to Slag Analysis: What is it and why bother? Whilst writing this series I realised that without understanding how iron is made in a furnace, all this talk about slag is a bit confusing. The following is an attempt to state the process clearly and concisely. As with many aspects of the … Continue reading Introduction to slag analysis: How iron is made in a bloomery furnace
A couple of weeks ago I was very pleased to find out that my paper had been accepted at the 6th Experimental Archaeology Conference in York, 6th-7th January 2012. Teaching and learning practices are something I've become really interested in, after studying for the HEA qualification earlier this year. During this summer's experimental work I … Continue reading Teaching and learning styles in Experimental Archaeology
Below is the abstract I submitted for the 6th Experimental Archaeology Conference. Learning and teaching in experimental archaeology The ways in which past peoples communicated knowledge is of considerable importance to studies of technological processes, and is an area in which experimental archaeology could prove highly informative. Whilst some teaching of experimental work takes place … Continue reading 6th Experimental Archaeology Conference – abstract
As I explained earlier, I'm taking part in #AcBoWriMo. As the whole idea is rather loosely shaped at the moment, I can basically decide what I want to do. This is probably a good idea, if the idea is going to have any legs, as academic writing is a rather varied business. However, as with … Continue reading #AcBoWriMo – What type of writing counts?
I've watched with envy for the last few years whilst friends took part in NaNoWriMo, a project where people try and write 50,000 words of a novel during November. I had been thinking about trying to do something similar with my thesis for some time, when lo-and-behold, the PhD-to-Published blog decided to trial something they … Continue reading Introducing Nanowrimo for academics… AcBoWriMo
A few months back I produced a couple of posters for an international conference, and you lot were kind enough to offer lots of suggestions etc., which was really helpful. I did a lot of research on the internet - they don't do classes in that kind of stuff at university, that would be too … Continue reading How to produce an academic poster: someone elses’s good opinions!
So in my continuing quest to better understand the literature review process, I've been reading Critical Reading and Writing for Postgraduates by Wallace and Wray (2006). I'm not going to do a review, but suffice to say it's a good book. It's actually pretty complex, and delivers more than the title might promise. I'm still … Continue reading Literature Reviews