Tag: academic writing

I started writing a series of short articles on the topic of academic writing (which sometimes also includes research methodology in general, but see my blogs tagged research-methodology for more of that). There are many good books out there that you can explore (I will make a list of these book some day when I have time) but I have rarely seen any student reading anyone of them. My articles here are intended to be short and topic-based, and are based on my own experience when supervising or grading student projects. My goal is to write down my observations and my proposals for improvements in a simple way so that these tips can be of practical value to my students. Please comment and ask questions if you need!

Tips and pointers to writing a good discussion chapter

Writing a discussion chapter can show to be challenging. Suddenly you are finished with presenting findings and results. What do you do now? There is no magic formula for writing a good discussion chapter. But here follow some tips I have collected for you to consider.

Tips for the first-time academic publication referee

In this blog post I have collected some tips for writing a good referee report in the research methods subject IT3010 that I teach at NTNU together with Elena Parmiggiani. The tips are based on actual review reports that the students submit. So new students will benefit from carefully reading this blog post. Please provide your feedback in the comments field if you have questions or suggestions for more tips.

So you are my student. Now what?

In this blog I describe how I prefer to cooperate with master and project students that I supervise. These are points that I have collected based on earlier supervision. The goal is to get an A grade for my students! This blog post is under continuous development. Please provide your feedback and suggestions in the comment field below or directly to me. Thanks!

On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction

This is a book about writing non-fiction. At the same time– surprising for me at least– it is a book about writing interesting, beautiful and artistic non-fiction. I am a researcher myself and I write a lot of professional text. But as a researcher I was never educated in writing well. This is the book I was missing. It pointed me to a lot of mistakes that I have done in my writing for many years –not grammatical but aesthetic and literary mistakes.

Writing tools

Writing Tools: 50 Essential Strategies for Every Writer by Roy Peter Clark My rating: 5 of 5 stars Very nice book for those like me who are very bad at writing. Tools that cover all the phases of writing, from…

Don’t just claim it, prove it or assume it!

It is quite common for many students (and many many experiences researchers) to claim things as if they were facts, or to express their wishes and opinions as if they were facts.

The management side of your project

Apart from the scientific and methodological aspects of your research, it is often very wise to consider yourself as the project manager for your research project. As a project manager you will sometimes need to take distance from your project’s…

Why and how to write the state-of-the-art.

State-of-the-art (SoTA) is a step to demonstrate the novelty of your research results. The importance of being the first to demonstrate research results is a cornerstone of the research business. You cannot get a Nobel prize (anymore) by learning Einstein‘s…

Writing the abstract.

This posting is a part of my “Tips on technical writing” series.

The abstract is an important part of your report and will in most cases be the sole determinant of the impact of the research you did. This is because most researchers focus on abstracts when searching for literature. If you don’t have a good abstract, no researcher will read the rest of your paper/report!