Writing

Postgraduate study means writing (and re-writing) thousands of words over an extended period of time.

If you have not previously written (and re-written) long documents this could seem a bit daunting. However, there are strategies to make this more manageable. One key strategy is to write regularly and often. Writing also clarifies your thoughts. As you write, you will spot gaps and assumptions in your thinking. As you will be writing over an extended period of time, you will also need to develop strategies to stay on track with your writing.

The following workshops would help you develop these writing skills:

If you miss any of the workshops, you can arrange a one-to-one appointment with the postgraduate learning adviser.

Formatting long documents

Writing up your research may also be the first time you write a document. Learn ways to format your document so that you can add elements such as a table of contents, a list of tables or a list of figures. There are a number of resources online that can show you how to do this. The video below gives you a good overview (note that it is based on Word 2010).

Microsoft Word—heading formatting and table of contents

LaTeX Tutorial 1—creating a LaTeX document

You may also have heard about LaTeX, which is a text editing application. The video below gives you an overview of using LaTeX: