Writing Your Thesis in 15 Weeks (or Less)

Easy to write?

Even easier to love?

That was definitely not what I felt writing my PhD or honours thesis.

My mum loved both.

And now I “love” my PhD thesis.

BUT…

That doesn’t make the task easy(er) for you.

What might?

A 15-week program aimed at:

  • Setting you up for writing success (think grants and journal articles, not just your thesis)
  • Knowing why you do (or don’t like to write)
  • Doing something about your writing “issues”
  • Progress tracking
  • Content review

Sound good?

Great – sign-up opposite.

Need more info or incentive?

What if the program got you to finish a week earlier? That’d mean you could start full-time work a week earlier. Start earning a full-time wage a week earlier.

Australian PhD students on a scholarship earn about $600 per week.

However, full-time university academics earn a minimum of $1000 per week. And academics with a PhD earn at least $1,300 per week.

So, sign-up and get access to full time work faster.

The next trimester starts 30 Aug 2021

Want more still?

The intensive will give you:

  • someone to keep you on track
  • a kick up the arse if/when you fall behind
  • peers to share the process and experience with
  • A real (or virtual) celebratory drink

You’ll have a group to work with, as well as me.

What you’ll bring:

  • a positive attitude; and
  • a sound work ethic.

Investment

  • $550 AUD (inc GST) upfront;
  • or $50 AUD (inc GST) per week, paid in advance.

Use the form here to pay up front.

Or fill out the contact form to arrange pay-by-the-week or bank transfer.


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What is covered?

Each week, we do a check-in, there's a "lesson" and then open discussion/review of your PhD. 

Lesson topics vary, but you can expect:

  • Setting up - how your writing station looks, feels, behaves. Your plan and process from where you are now to where you want to be in 15 weeks (i.e. submission)
  • What is your argument? - the main point in your thesis.
  • Writing your abstract - a tool we can use to help set the scope/boundary of your thesis.
  • Thesis Structure - sections. headings. order.
  • Using Microsoft suite to write your thesis - some of the tips and tricks that will make writing and collating easier.
  • How others write - building your writing skill set by using others'.
  • Building resilience as a researcher - knowing you'll face challenges, we create a plan for responding.
  • Seven Slide Presentation - kind of like a three minute thesis, but longer.
  • Refining your citations - have you covered the key researchers? Are you biased?
  • Submitting your thesis - what's required to submit.
  • Having tough conversations with your supervisor - about your thesis, or your career, or both.
  • Talking to your supervisor about your thesis (Managing up) - how to get them to review your thesis as and when you want.
  • Staying focused on your PhD - sometimes it is easy to find distractions. We look at ways you can avoid these problems.
  • Reviewing your thesis drafts - reviewing a thesis is tough. And, let's be honest, a bit boring. So, we look at who you can get to help. And how you can make it easier for them (and therefore easier for you).
  • What happens after you submit? - looking for work. Planning your next steps and making them happen.

What others have said...

Stephanie Lynch, PhD student, La Trobe University

Thank you for your help so far, the planning has already been super helpful in getting started and I am sure it will help me in the long run!”

PhD Student

"Thanks for the workshop the other day, I gained some useful perspective from it."