Southern Hemisphere: How much writing can you do in term time?

When I say “You can write during term time”, I don’t mean you can write for an hour or more a day. A privileged few have the teaching and service load that makes that possible. Most people would find that a challenge. Similarly blocking off a whole day every week for research/writing is challenging for […]

What does Reading Week mean for you?

This week is Reading Week (AKA spring break) for many Canadian universities. This means no (undergraduate) teaching. Students tend to disappear so probably little or no advising either.  (In most parts of Canada it isn’t spring. In fact, we are at that point in the year that we doubt whether spring will ever come. This […]

Southern Hemisphere: It IS possible to write during term time

It’s hard to write during term time. But it is possible. Let’s take a closer look at what your term looks like Some of your work is scheduled. You know that you will be teaching that class every Tuesday at 2 p.m. (or whatever) for the next 10 weeks or so. You’ve probably also scheduled […]

Southern Hemisphere: End of summer panic

As the long summer break nears an end and the beginning of the academic year looms larger on the horizon, you may have a tendency to panic about your writing and research. You wonder whether you’ve done enough over the summer. You fear that you won’t get to it at all once teaching, student advising, […]

Writing summaries and abstracts

In my last post I talked about writing an abstract as a way to begin a project. In this post I’m going to talk about writing an abstract or summary after you’ve completed a project. Remember: An abstract is like maple syrup It takes 30-40 litres of sap to make 1 litre of maple syrup. When […]