The writing skills imparted by this book will not only help the reader through the dissertation writing process, but will serve her or him in whatever career she or he embarks on, given the paramount importance of written communication, especially in the academy. This book presents a system of straightforward and proven techniques that are used by productive writers, and applies them to the dissertation process.
In particular, it promotes the concept of writing networks - whether writing partners or groups - to ensure that writing does not become an isolated and tortured process, while not hiding the need for persistence and sustained effort. This book is intended for graduate students and their advisers in the social sciences, the humanities, and professional fields. It can further serve as a textbook for either informal writing groups led by students or for formal writing seminars offered by departments or graduate colleges.
The techniques described will help new faculty advice their students more effectively and even achieve greater fluency in their own writing.
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This was a helpful read! The two best pieces of advice I took away from Single's book are: Often this means reviewing an outline, reading through the first page of a chapter, or reviewing notes they took on reading materials. I remind them that they ca This was a helpful read! I remind them that they can stay productive even in twenty-minute increments" 51 , and 2 to constantly ask questions that will help reaffirm why you're doing the project you are doing i.
Is this point well supported or not? I won't be using the "Single System for Academic Writing," as I find drafting writing early more productive than extensive outlining, but I can see that with other types of projects, it would be an effective system. Sep 14, Byurakn rated it really liked it. It's an excellent book for someone who is just beginning their PhD. It is still worth a read when one is closer to their dissertation submission deadline but then many of the suggestions are already in practice e.
However, it still helped me to figure out what my dissertation is about and come up with a structure that makes sense. Apr 26, Leah rated it really liked it Shelves: Demystifying Dissertation Writing breaks down the dissertation writing process into a step-by-step system that seeks to make this huge writing project manageable.
This connection remind Demystifying Dissertation Writing breaks down the dissertation writing process into a step-by-step system that seeks to make this huge writing project manageable.
This connection reminded me that writing is writing, and even something as seemingly insurmountable as a dissertation is just a big writing project waiting to be tackled with sustained, persistent effort--and yes, even creativity.
I think this book would be particularly useful for graduate students who are in the beginning stages of dissertation writing. Faculty and staff who work closely with graduate student writers can also benefit from reading Single's book. Aug 01, Lwin rated it really liked it. This is the best book to read before writing the dissertation instead of googling.
Sep 02, George rated it really liked it. I liked the emphasis on discipline and the manner she recommended maintaining it. Jan 18, Michael Burnam-Fink rated it it was amazing Shelves: Acceptance to grad school should come with a copy of this book. Single boils down the massive undertaking of the dissertation into a simple process that applies to both the humanities and social sciences.
Pre-write effectively by taking interactive and citable notes, along with a strong skeleton of an outline. Stay on task by writing a little every day, and staying engaged with the problem so you don't need to cognitive warm back up.
Stay enthusiastic by tracking progress, figuring out how resear Acceptance to grad school should come with a copy of this book. Stay enthusiastic by tracking progress, figuring out how research matters early on, and encouraging success. There's also good advice on picking committee members who'll help you succeed, and running writing groups of related students. Some of the thoughts on how to edit documents are a little old-fashioned, but not the idea that you have to find something that works for you.
One foot in front of the other, a few hundred words a day, and even the tallest mountain can be climbed. Jun 19, Elizabeth rated it really liked it Shelves: As with many of these types of books, Single provides lucid guidance that is useful for all steps of the dissertating process.
There are several specific ideas she includes pertaining, especially, to outlining and focus statements that are helpful. Finally, her appendix with annotated looks at introductions to both social sc As with many of these types of books, Single provides lucid guidance that is useful for all steps of the dissertating process.
Finally, her appendix with annotated looks at introductions to both social science and humanities articles is helpful in illustrating the moves that any academic writing must make as well as the different ways of going about doing so. Sep 11, Jeff rated it liked it Shelves: The Single System attempts to distill what is certainly a complex process into a more manageable set of steps. I admire her for the effort. Many of these activities - citeable notes; reading an article clear through with minimal marking, then revisiting key passages; developing a writing routine - speak clearly to the process that researching and writing is.
Others, like the steps from a one-page outline to a long outline, are logical, but not for everyone. Key to Single's advice is the encourage The Single System attempts to distill what is certainly a complex process into a more manageable set of steps. Key to Single's advice is the encouragement, at the first draft stage, to just write.
Get the pencil or keyboard going and let it all out on the page. There will always be time for cleaning it up and it often proves easier to succinctly say what you mean when you have a sloppy, first-draft version from which to build. Jan 04, Patrick rated it it was amazing. I find it very helpful—nearly therapeutic at times—to read books about writing, especially one like this which focuses on starting a dissertation, finishing a dissertation, and all points between.
That said, this Single's book was particularly helpful for two chapters, "3. Interactive Reading and Note Taking" and "4. Her r I find it very helpful—nearly therapeutic at times—to read books about writing, especially one like this which focuses on starting a dissertation, finishing a dissertation, and all points between. Her recommendations build good research habits and help you become a more efficient writer.
Sep 16, Shelley Guyton rated it it was amazing. As a beginning grad student, I found this book a great practical and non-intimidating introduction to the dissertation process.
There are strategies in here useful for all stages of grad school. I found Boyle's strategy for prewriting most helpful. She shows that this is the most important step in entering a scholarly conversation because you learn to reshuffle what you've read into your own unique lens.
Also, you build a very useful resource for referring to your readings. I know this will save me a lot of time as I progress to the next stages! Mar 06, Leanna Aker rated it liked it. The book started out well, and I thought I felt like the whole thing was about begging people to do all of the writing tasks from high school, albeit sometimes in different ways than you might have learned.
The book is written from a US perspective, and non-US readers will occasionally have to provide their own parallels with doctorate process they are following.
The author is a graduate teacher and knows and understands her students and the challenges they face in writing a dissertation. This book provides practical advice. This book offered me some new tools and approaches that I could apply immediately , particularly the focus statement, a short summary of what your research topic is about in plain English, and a one page outline of your dissertation although other books cover this as well.
The strength of the book lies in its focus on the writing process. It offers approaches to and ways of exploring your topic, refining the scope and the boundaries of a research project, and offers hints for effective reading and note-taking.
She aims to support the reader in becoming a fluent writer. She also covers choosing a topic and a supervisor, developing a detailed outline, different approaches to take to thesis thematic, data analytic and journal article. The most immediately refreshing perspective is that the author recognizes that PhD students have other dimensions to their lives; that their research and their thesis are only one of several elements which they are juggling.
Peg Boyle Single writes clearly and her suggestions are practical. This is not a high flown theory book; it is practical, accessible and easy to read.
I read it in several short sessions and found myself sitting down to use and develop some of the tools and concepts that she describes. This book provides a very useful practical introduction for postgraduate students. This kind of book helps to fill a gap that exists on many graduate courses at Masters and PhD levels; learning about how to write, the writing process and how to manage this. As the author uses generic techniques, the book also provides a good starting point for Masters students.
The writing processes and management techniques and approaches that Peg Boyle Single describes have wider application; they can be used for other kinds of writing projects. At just over pages, this is a book to skim at first reading for an overview , and to come back to for advice on particular topics. Do you have other suggestions for good books for PhD students to buy, or own a book you like so much that you want to review it for us?
Let us know in the comments! How to write a Lot. Very practical and readable. Doing your dissertation with Microsoft Word:
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“Demystifying Dissertation Writing” sits on my shelf of ‘how to’ books. Stylus publishing donated a copy to Dr Charlotte Frost and Dr Sarah Quinell, of PhD2Published, kindly organised for a research student to receive a copy and review it for the Thesis Whisperer. My book, Demystifying Dissertation Writing: A Streamlined Process from Choice of Topic to Final Text is practical, motivational, and yes, even at times comical. I address the nuts-and-bolts of writing a dissertation. I write at length about the importance of prewriting and how prewriting is the best antidote for writer's block.
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