Research and study skills

Netnography made SIMPLE | What, how and why

Netnography is a contemporary and extremely useful research method. As more and more of us are turning to the Internet to share our experiences, views and opinions, researchers are provided with an easily accessible way of collecting data. Whether you are...

10 reasons your PhD WILL take over your life!

Thinking about committing to a PhD? Make sure it’s what you want because I can tell you from experience that it WILL take over your life! Here are the main things that you need to prepare yourself for, and mitigate if possible! 1)Sleepless nights OK, so maybe at the beginning you will feel pretty chilled about your work. But as time goes on the pressure builds. The research team are pushing you...

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Why most meetings can be avoided

I am writing this post today because I am frustrated. I am frustrated of tick box exercises. I am frustrated of meetings for meetings’ sake. I am frustrated of other people wasting my time. I have come to realise over the years that in reality most meetings can be avoided. In fact, most meetings are an ineffective use of everybody’s time. In the past month alone I have spent in excess of ten...

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How to write awesome aims and objectives

How to write awesome aims and objectives Once you’ve decided on suitable research project topic and developed an appropriate research question or hypothesis, you need to begin to organise your research project. In order to do this effectively, it is important that you have good aims and objectives for your research. This not only tells the reader what your project is about and how it will be...

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Tell-Tale Signs that a University Might Go Bust

We live in an era where there is a real possibility that a university might go bust. Universities have become businesses, where commercial interests outweigh community welfare. And as with any other business, if they don’t make enough profit, they will inevitably go bust. Last week I discussed what happens to students if a university goes bust, which is a very common question in this time of...

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How you can write your PhD faster

Committing to a PhD is a big decision. As I wrote in this post, there are reasons for and against doing a PhD, all of which need careful consideration. According to The Times Higher, around a fifth of PhD candidates never qualify for the award, and a lot of this is down to the time it takes to complete and the motivation required to endure it! For many students the number one question that they...

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How to Write an Awesome Results and Discussion Chapter

Knowing how to write an awesome results and discussion chapter is a super important part of your research project, dissertation or thesis. However, this is the chapter(s) that most people lose marks on! Why do most people get the lowest marks for their research and discussion chapter? In my several years' experience of supervising and grading dissertations and research projects, I have found...

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How to Write an Awesome Research Methods Chapter in 6 Easy Steps

Do want to write an awesome research methods chapter for your dissertation or research project? Of course you do! Having written my own undergraduate dissertation, masters thesis, PGCE research project, PhD thesis and multiple other academic research projects, alongside supervising hundreds of undergraduate and post graduate students for their research projects... I have learnt a few things...

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6 tips to write your research project FAST

There may be times when you need to write your research project fast. Whilst this is not something that I advocate (see my post- ‘How to plan your time for a research project’), I understand that there may be times when you need to get the work done as quickly as possible. In this post, I will give you some tips on how to write your research project in no time at all! Tips to write your research...

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Writing an awesome research proposal: 5 tips

Your research proposal comes at the beginning of your research project. Whilst you obviously won’t now all of the answers at this point, you do need to demonstrate that you have thought about all of the key areas of your research, that your ideas are valid and that they are feasible. Today I will give you some top tips on how to write an awesome research proposal. How to write an awesome...

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Top tips for completing your PhD when you have kids (from the PhD parent community)

Completing your PhD when you have kids can most certainly be a challenge BUT it is not impossible! There are plenty of PhD parents amongst the research community. Yes, it may be difficult to manage your time sometimes. Yes, you will probably be VERY busy. But also- yes- it can be done! Fortunately I completed my PhD just a few days before my first baby's arrival into this world- see PhD and...

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I’ve been travelling, studying and teaching travel and tourism since I was 16. Through Tourism Teacher I share my knowledge on the principles and practice of travel and tourism management from both an academic and practical perspective.

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Spring vacation: What is it + why do we have it?

Spring vacation, also known as spring break, is a popular phenomenon in the USA. But for those of us who are based elsewhere in the world, it is often an unknown concept. In fact, for many of us, it is something that we see only in the movies or on our favourite TV...

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The shocking truth about elephant riding in Thailand

Elephant riding in Thailand has become somewhat controversial in recent years. When I first went backpacking back in 2011 it was a right of passage to climb onto an elephant's back and to be paraded along the street. But nowadays, things are very different. Society...