After attending a few writing circle sessions conducted by 2 lecturers from the Academic Language and Learning (ALL) Unit, La Trobe University, several of my Malaysian friends, and I felt that the program is really helpful in improving thesis writing and also in emphasizing the reality involved in writing the thesis itself. So we’ve decided to start a group of our own, a “Thesis Writing Support Circle” in our quest to focus on our thesis writing. The main aims of the group are to:
To act as a motivation avenue in writing and completing your thesis
To challenge you into writing (something, anything!) through a frequent peer review of your writing and boost your confidence in writing
To share and practice the tools and approaches in improving thesis writing.
So far, we’ve had commitments from about eight students already. I really hoped the “Support Circle” will be able to contribute in assisting in thesis writing – to actually write, to start somewhere, and to go from there towards completion of the thesis. What I have in mind is something like what the University of Warrick had designed for their postgraduate program, see link for further info. http://www.vitae.ac.uk/policy-practice/34837-229901/Action-Learning-Sets-for-PhD-Researchers-formerly-known-as-Academic-Thesis-Writing-Groups.html
I will be updating on our progress from time to time.