Working differently

I haven’t published anything on the blog since May but I have done some work. This lack of posting does feel a little depressing as my intention had been to keep writing throughout. However, after a chat with Helen Kara today, I am reframing the way I see my work. I will be doing things …

Accountability and surveys

[[What I should have posted in January 2020: As with any freelance work, it is the way we are accountable that helps us achieve things. The way I keep myself accountable is by supporting Helen Kara through Patreon. I had a meeting with her today and as I talked to her I realised what my …

Crowdsourcing questions

I’m now at the stage where I want to find as many questions about my research as possible. I then plan on using the literature to answer the questions. I have the following so far: What effect on political participation and political knowledge, do social media users/forms have in comparison to regional and national media? …

Self evaluation, feedback on timings

One part of this ultralearning project is about achieving a PhD-level of research by myself without a higher education institution; the other part though is not needing to be constrained by typical time limitations. Could I research and write up a thesis and pass a viva, or submit for a PhD via publication in under …

Literature Review

The literature review is an essential part of a thesis. The student needs to know where to place themselves in the literature, what the literature says about their question, what has already been researched and what conclusions have been drawn. I’ve always found the literature review a bit of a rabbit hole–in a rather mesmerising …

How to research your own PhD — inspired by Scott Young’s ‘Ultralearning’ — Part II

“The core of the ultralearning strategy is intensity and a willingness to prioritize effectiveness.” I enjoyed reading Scott Young‘s case studies — public speaking, finishing an MIT degree, learning four languages in a year — but it is the principles of ultralearning that allow me to carry on with my project. I want to now …

About me

My name is Joanna, and in the spirit of confessional tones, I am happy to tell you that I am a social researcher. Professionally, I am a book editor and knitwear designer but I trained and worked as a social researcher for years. I began a PhD in 2005 and did not complete it. From …

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