Excellent point. I’m taking note.
I have a friend, let’s call him Darryl.
Darryl used his skills from a former life as a project manager to bring his PhD in on time and on budget. This involved carefully setting constraints around his project so it was doable and collecting data in a time efficient fashion.
When this was done Darryl sat his bottom down on a chair to punch out a first draft in record time.
Darryl was shocked when he got his draft back from his supervisors with comments like “it is not a thesis yet”, “Where is your voice?” and “this is boring”. Up till to that point Darryl had just assumed his writing had met the required standard. Feeling disheartened, he called me to ask for help.
I don’t usually work with students at ANU on an individual basis – I’d be totally swamped if I did – but I owe Darryl…
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