Day 19: An Announcement

August 1, 2018

How to Write Your PhD Thesis, Part 1: The Fundamentals of Academic Writing

Click the link above to get your spot on the course!

How to Write Your PhD Thesis, Part 1: The Fundamentals of Academic Writing

Live session, 15th August, 1 pm to 4 pm UK time_______This is the best course on academic writing you will ever find, showing you EXACTLY what to do at each step of the process. Follow the exercises and adapt the principles to your project and you'll find that writing isn't nearly as difficult or stressful as you might think.

Do you ever...

  • Feel overwhelmed by the sheer amount of work to do?
  • Get lost in the literature?
  • Struggle to start or edit the 10th draft of a chapter?
  • Suffer from writer's block?
  • Feel like you're working and working but nothing ever gets finished?

Or do you ever feel that you're trying your best but you've never had the right guidance?If you answered yes to any of these questions, this course is for you. Whether you're just starting your PhD or pushing towards completion, this course is here to help you.

Academic writing can be enjoyable

Yes, it's true. A lot of people suffer because they are working hard without seeing a positive outcome. Words go down on the page, but they aren't happy with what they've done.But with the right guidance and by developing the right skills we can make sure that your effort produces something you can be proud of. Writing can become enjoyable, rather than a source of stress.

Course structure

In this course, you'll learn, step by step, how to write each part of your thesis, starting with the introduction and taking each section one at a time.

Module 1: FundamentalsModule 2: How to Write an IntroductionModule 3: How to Write Your Literature ReviewModule 4: Methods and MethodologyModule 5: Presenting your Results, Analysis and DiscussionModule 6: Conclusions and Preparing to Submit and Defend

In this first session, we'll lay the foundation with some essential principles as well as some common mistakes to avoid. We need to recognize bad habits before replacing them with good ones!You will learn:

  • How to start untangling the mess of ideas in your head
  • How to create a very quick first draft of a chapter or section
  • How to deal with writer's block and perfectionism
  • How to avoid the most common writing mistakes
  • Techniques for avoiding distraction and focusing your attention

You'll also start to assess your potential content and potential obstacles. This will be done using a series of specific, in-depth questions; answering these will tell you exactly what you need to communicate to your readers.

About the course

The aim of the course is to cover as much of the thesis writing process as possible, as simply as possible.These live sessions will be recorded and available to watch later. You will also have access to a private Facebook group to ask questions and chat with other attendees between live sessions and after the course ends (because questions may come up months later!)The course schedule isn't fixed at the moment as I'm juggling multiple commitments, so I'm announcing one module at a time, but module 2 (on thesis introductions) will run in September._______________Some important informationThe session will last up to 3 hours (with breaks!) depending on the number of questions asked.The ticket price only covers this first module. Later modules will have to be purchased separately.Please note that the live session will run from 2 pm until 5 pm European time. Please double check the time where you are!To join the session, you'll be sent a link at least 24 hours before the event starts.If you have any questions please email

How to Write Your PhD Thesis, Part 1: The Fundamentals of Academic Writing

Click the link above to get your spot on the course!

If you found this post useful, click below to share!

For more detailed guidance and support...

The PhD Academy

Weekly calls with James

You don't have to do it all alone! Get the All Access Pass for weekly group calls and Q&A sessions with James

Online courses

Build your skills and confidence with our detailed video courses. Go at your own pace and get advice and support when you need it

Writing groups

Meet other students online for company and accountability

Support community

Post questions, share resources and connect with other members

Get the book!
PhD: an uncommon guide to research, writing & PhD life

order now on amazon