study skills

Study skills

The articles here are applicable to people across a range of career stages. See also the Careers category in the Blog. Further resources: External links: Here is a video on making better conference posters:

Writing an abstract

Writing an abstract is an important skill, and you will need to do it time and time again, for theses, conferences, posters, grant applications as well as papers. Undergraduate and Masters students may be set a task to write an abstract as part of their degree, and will need to write one for their dissertation. …

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How to enjoy a successful fieldwork expedition

Many geoscientists undertake fieldwork as part of their research. Undergraduate, Masters and PhD students may all participate in fieldwork expeditions in far-flung, exotic locations. What things to researchers need to consider before they undertake their first expedition? I have put together this step by step guide, based on my 10 years of research in remote …

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Writing your dissertation

Writing your dissertation in Geography or Geology A significant part of most undergraduate and taught masters degrees is the independent research study. In glaciology, this study may often take the form of fieldwork, perhaps underpinned by remote sensing. There are so many things to research that your dissertation, probably the most significant piece of work …

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Photography for geoscientists

Using photographs in our research As geoscientists, we are trained to observe and record the world around us. We often use but simple tools – a note book, a hammer, a camera, maybe a handheld GPS. With these implements, we can make careful observations and deductions about the evolution of the landscape around us.

Writing your first academic paper

Writing academic papers is important If you are a PhD student in the Geosciences and are wanting to go forward into an academic or research career, then it is imperative that you write papers. The process can seem daunting, but it is excellent training, and seeing your name in print is intensely rewarding. So, here …

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Research Design

Why should we care about research design? | What makes a strong research proposal? | 10 steps to good research design | Writing your dissertation, thesis or grant application | Further reading | Watch the video You can watch the video of a lecture I gave as part of the APECS Webinar series here: Ten …

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