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The Nordic PhD

Surviving and Succeeding

Edited By Christopher McMaster, Caterina Murphy and Jakob Rosenkrantz de Lasson

The Nordic PhD: Surviving and Succeeding is an edited book written for prospective and current doctoral students by a mix of doctoral students and those who have recently completed their doctorates. The premise is simple: if you could go back in time and talk with yourself when you began your studies, what advice would you give? Isn’t hindsight a bonus? If only I knew then what I know now!

The Nordic PhD: Surviving and Succeeding follows editions focused on study in Aotearoa New Zealand, Australia, the U.K., U.S., and South Africa. What sets The Nordic PhD: Surviving and Succeeding apart from many others on the market is its down-to-earth and practical approach. Furthermore, its originality also lies in the fact that it is grounded in the context of doctoral studies in the Nordic countries.

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Chapter Three: Feedback as an Integral Part of Academic Writing (Andreas Kamstrup)

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CHAPTER THREE

Feedback as an Integral Part of Academic Writing

ANDREAS KAMSTRUP



I rewrote the first part of A Farewell to Arms at least fifty times. You’ve got to work it over. The first draft of anything is shit! [Ernest Hemingway]

—SAMUELSON (1984)

Introduction

There is no suspenseful ending in this chapter. The message is blunt: First and foremost, write! This chapter will help you get familiar and comfortable with writing. It will demystify the process. An important part of that is finding the right people to give you feedback throughout your project. The sooner you undertake your writing and the better you are at involving the right people to give feedback, the better your dissertation or thesis will be.

My submission is mere months away, and in this last, hectic, and in many ways insecure phase, I realise success does not lay in coming up with brilliant and unique ideas, it does not lay in the dissemination of results, or even to be an expert oral communicator. While these skills are essential for doctoral study, what you will be measured on is the written work you hand in. In short, you need to be able to produce good text, and good text is achieved through good writing. During my PhD project, I have learned that sharing text is both time efficient and efficient in improving the ← 18 | 19 → quality. When...

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