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Advice on writing your thesis

Your thesis is likely to be the largest document you ever write and it is a major challenge for all students. Deakin provides a considerable amount of support and advice to help you with the writing up of your thesis. There is also a wealth of information available from the internet and other avenues of support.

The Dean of Research Training runs a number of writing-related workshops:

  • The writing process
  • Academic reading, note-taking and writing
  • Chapter writing retreats
  • Managing your sources (including Endnote)

These and other workshops can be found in the Higher Degrees by Research module within CloudDeakin. You should register for these workshops through the Event Registration System.

The Division of Student Life also provides some useful information on thesis writing.

Thesis study groups

You can join a thesis study group at your campus. Sessions are held fortnightly and are facilitated by Language and Learning Advisers. See the Thesis study groups website for further information.

Alternatively, why not attend an online thesis study group? Try it out! These are held on the first Wednesday of the month from 6-7 pm (Australian Eastern Standard Time) and are facilitated by Language and Learning Advisers. See the Thesis study groups website for further information.

Other avenues of support

The Thesis Whisperer is a newspaper style blog dedicated to the topic of doing a thesis. It has contributors from around the world and covers various subjects ranging from getting things done, how to write faster, and presenting, to your career, useful resources for students and supervisors and many other interesting, helpful and insightful topics.

Editing of theses

Guidelines for editing research theses can be found on the The Institute of Professional Editors Limited website.


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