Please note that as this is a premium CDF course, you will need to complete at least 75% of the content otherwise you may not be allowed to register for any premium CDF workshops for the rest of the year.

This program helps establish good writing routines and habits and is based on the latest research on the psychology of high quality writing. It delivers small, bite-sized chunks of content over a 12 week period and a whole suite of (optional) fun, interactive tools that you can use any time during your candidature. You can view the content of this self-paced course at your leisure. There are no set dates to attend unless otherwise indicated by the trainer.

 The aim of this program is to help you build the necessary self management and productivity skills you need to get your through your degree (rather than the nuts and bolts of writing). It is particularly recommended that distance students complete this program to assist with developing good writing routines and habits.

Things discussed during the program include:

  • why it's hard to get started
  • how we deliberately use distractions to slow down writing
  • the principles of quick starting
  • how to deal with destructive internal beliefs
  • how to set a writing plan and stick to it
  • how to set achievable goals by writing in a silo
  • how to greatly increase the number of actual words you produce
  • how to clarify your thinking, and improve the quality of your work

May be eligible for CDSE.

About the Presenter:

Maria Gardiner, BA (Hons) MPsych (Clinical) MAPS PhD

Maria is a leading cognitive behavioural coach and clinical psychologist who has coached many of Australia's medical, academic, industry, and government executives over the last fifteen years.  She is recognised as an authority on mentoring, and is the architext of the highly acclaimed Flinders University mentoring scheme, now being rolled out nationally across Australian universities.

Maria is also a widely respected researcher, holding an adjunct research associate position in the School of Psychology at Flinders University.  She has a strong research record, which provides a rigorous evidence base for her specialisation in high performing individuals.

As a co-author with Hugh Kearns, she has published five books which are in high demand both in Australia and internationally.

About Writing skills

The ability to write well is critical to success in your research degree and a ‘top 10’ skill sought by employers. Learning the strategies for good writing will help you write efficiently.  Knowing not only what to write, but how to write it for a particular audience, will help you communicate your research effectively.

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