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Academic Writing

I found a very good article on how to do Ph.D. writing that I want to share. I am yet to find a good project that I want to do for my thesis, but I’d be very happy if anyone wants to share their thoughts on UX and UI design, which is my field of interest.

Some great tips online:

My own top 5 are:

1. Grammar and Spelling issues

As for me, I found that writing is definitely not my strength, so I have downloaded a few apps that helped point out my grammar mistakes. There is a plugin that you can download on your Google Chrome browser called Grammarly. It appears to work on IOS devices too. Fantastic! Luckily I have a native speaker boyfriend whom I hired as my private proofreader. (Phew!) (Boyfriend’s edit. I’m yet to see a pay check…)

2. Writing a good funding proposal

While I think it’s important to cover all the information about the project itself, I also think that the proposal itself shouldn’t just be about you but rather what you have to offer to the readers/audience.

Here are some great examples:

3. Find the right topic for you

It is crucial to find a topic that you are passionate about. That way it becomes very personal and makes it easier for you to connect with the subject. Put yourself in the place of the reader to discover what information they want to know.

4. Find yourself a mentor

You cannot do everything on your own, having a great mentor makes all the difference. A mentor is somebody who had been exposed to the field of interest longer than you and they have probably made a few more mistakes along the way too. Thomas A. Edison said, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”. Mistakes should not be taken lightly, as it takes you closer to your success. I love this quote by Winston Churchill, “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”

5. Take pride in your work

At the end of the day, your writing is a product of your compassion for other people’s welfare. Every one of us acquired information differently which technically makes each one of us an expert. A great way to care for others is by sharing your ideas and experiences.


“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston Churchill