Here is some advice I recently gave a doctoral candidate. They had just had a draft of their introduction chapter torn to shreds by their supervisor, and wanted some advice on how to go forward.I read their chapter, and could see that there were some serious issues.
It might look like the issues here are a load of tiny writing details, but actually they are all strategic moves that put the writer in a position of power and expertise. Secure in this powerful position, the candidate is able to convince the supervisors, their panel, their examiners, and take their place as an expert peer scholar.
I thought it might be useful to some of the other readers of this blog, so thanks to the candidate for letting me share the advice I gave them!
I can see why your supervisors were concerned about your writing. Reading your chapter with…
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