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How a PhD is like The Big Bang Theory

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How to write academically or How a PhD is like The Big Bang Theory. Start as Penny, draft as Leonard, publish as Sheldon. A gross oversimplification of academic writing, but a handy reminder.

How to write academically or How a PhD is like The Big Bang Theory. Start as Penny, draft as Leonard, publish as Sheldon. A gross oversimplification of academic writing, but a handy reminder.

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  • 1. How to write academically or How a PhD is like Jodie Martin Slideshare.net/jayelem Twitter.com/jodie__martin About.me/jodiemartin
  • 2. You start off thinking and talkinglike Penny.You know what you know, youhave a vague idea of what youdon’t know, but you’re okay withthat.
  • 3. All PhD students sound (andfrequently look) like Sheldon to youand you think if you get a PhD thenthat’s what you’ll sound like, thoughyou swear never to wear plaidtrousers.
  • 4. Then you start to learn things butyou also learn how much you don’tknow. So you start talking likeLeonard. Every statement comesout as a question. And you can’twrite a single sentence withoutadding “possibly” or “could beargued”.
  • 5. The problem is every academicarticle and thesis reads as if it iswritten by Sheldon – confident,immovable and completelyconvinced of its own genius.
  • 6. But in reality a lot of us are justLeonard mimicking Sheldon.
  • 7. So the key to write academically is very simple.
  • 8. Step 1: Write like Leonard speaks.Include “arguably”, “potentially”and “theoretically” if it makes youfeel better.
  • 9. Step 2: Take out the phrasesLeonard had you add: “debatably”,“it is possible” and “it might beseen”. Pretend you are Sheldon. Beconvincing and confident. Butdon’t wear plaid trousers.
  • 10. The End. Jodie Martin Slideshare.net/jayelem Twitter.com/jodie__martin About.me/jodiemartin