Are You Struggling With Your Writing?

Computer-Frustration-Cartoon-2‘How do I write an introduction?’

‘What do I put in my conclusions?

‘How do I manage to keep on track when I feel I have completely lost my motivation?’

‘My submission deadline is approaching fast but I still haven’t completed my thesis and I’m now panicking. What can I do?’

‘How do I decide what to reference in my text?’

These are just some of the questions that I get asked all the time.

Do you relate with any of these? If so, don’t miss my FREE Webinar:

‘How to Write Your PhD Thesis, Proposal, or Research Paper in 5 Easy Steps That Will Save You Time, Stress, and Sleepless Nights’

In this webinar, I’ll be sharing:

  • The single most important thing to get right in your thesis, proposal or research paper
  • My top 3 tips for productive and effective writing
  • The worst mistake you can make and how to avoid it
  • My proven 5-step approach to writing that will help you enjoy it and become more confident

Interested? Then, make sure you register now as spaces are limited and they are filling up quickly.

After the webinar, I’m also going to open up registrations to my online course ‘Hands on Writing: How to Master Academic Writing (in the Sciences)’ where I teach the very same strategy that I now use for my own writing and when supervising my PhD students.

And… I’ll be telling you about some juicy bonuses on how to avoid procrastination, stay on track, enjoy a great work-life balance so you can feel confident and in charge again.

I’ll tell you more at the webinar, so just make sure you do not miss it! :)

Here is the link again:

Is Writing Up One of Your New Year’s Resolutions?

New Year's ResolutionsNow that a new year has begun, new resolutions abound.

Maybe yours is to finally complete your thesis or your paper draft.

I know!

This can be a daunting prospect and one that you may have put off at every possible opportunity so far.

Now you realise that your time is running up and you feel anxious and worried.

How are you going to boost your productivity and finally make good progress on your writing project?

What can you do to make sure you get the best possible draft so that everything else becomes easier and smoother?

Are there simple strategies you can adopt to improve your style and avoid common pitfalls?

Find out at my upcoming FREE Live Webinar: 

‘My Top 3 Tips to Help You Write Your Thesis or Research Paper’

Join us on January 10th at 1pm (UK time).

The event is FREE, but you need to register here because places are limited to 100 attendees only. Please note that these events fill up very quickly, so make sure you book your place now.

I can’t wait to ‘see’ you at my webinar!

2013 in review


Happy New Year to you, my reader, wherever you are!


The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 28,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 10 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

International Women’s Day: The Gender Agenda in Science and Engineering

A few days ago, I had the opportunity and pleasure to attend a very interesting lecture  – albeit with some depressing stats – by Prof Lesley Yellowlees on The Gender Agenda in Science and Engineering.

Lesley became the first woman President of the Royal Society of Chemistry in July 2012 and is currently Vice-Principal and Head of the College of Science and Engineering at the University of Edinburgh. She was awarded an MBE in 2005 for services to science, and was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2012.

Clearly, a very successful woman by all accounts.

Sadly, also one of the very few women to climb the highest ranks of an academic career in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths) sector.

So, why are women so under-represented in STEM subjects?

What are the barriers they face from the moment they graduate?

And perhaps more importantly, what can be done to change the current status quo?

These are some of the questions that Lesley addresses in her lecture. And yes, things are changing. But slowly.

It’s been estimated that if we move at this rate, equality between female and male academics in STEM subjects will be achieved in 100 years from now! A bleak prospect. But at least in the right direction.

I hope you’ll enjoy the video.

Free Education for All: A Vision from Creative Minds

Is free education for all a dream or a reality?

What difference would it make if everyone had a chance to a better education?

Want to find out?

Then, watch this inspirational TED talk from Daphne Koller, co-founder (with Andrew Ng) of Coursera, a new platform bringing courses from top universities around the world on-line, for free, to anyone who wants to take them. It’ll be 20 minutes well spent.