ASF Webinar 3.0: How I followed on the panelists’ suggestions

Hits: 166A few weeks ago, I attended the African Scholars Forum webinar, where we explored the career opportunities for PhD’s outside the academia. While I had read so much about this topic in the past, the workshop gave me fresh insights on how PhD holders can blend their academic experiences and skills with industry standards

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Publish and flourish! How to enhance your chances of getting published

Why did my paper get rejected despite all the hard work I put into the research? Most researchers ask this question at some point, especially in the early career stage. In this post, I highlight six practical tips to make your research paper stand out and scale through the publication process. From my experience as a reviewer and editorial board member for a number of journals, I have learnt that the quality of results presented in a research article is only half the battle of getting it published; presentation and packaging make up the other half. This is nicely summarised in a quote that I picked up during my PhD days (I cannot remember now who first said it): have something to say, say it and stop once it is said. Each element of this three-part maxim holds two important tips.

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ASF Webinar on thesis writing: my take away

Hits: 447 “If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants” – Isaac Newton. The first edition of the African Scholars Forum’s series of webinars that held on the 31st of July 2020 was exactly what a new doctoral student like me needed. The panellists were not only open and down

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ASF webinar on thesis writing: why you shouldn’t miss it

Hits: 148One of the most important skills you need for a successful  graduate study is writing skill. This is because you are going to be faced with several writing tasks throughout your graduate program. These writing tasks will vary in style and complexity. On the face of it, “writing” may sound simple as everyone has

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Social science research design: an overview

Hits: 403This brief overview sets out some key steps to follow in social science research design. It includes tips on setting out your research questions, four key tests in empirical social science research, the types of variables you work with, and how to design a good questionnaire. Download Social Science Research Design: an Overview

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How to choose the right statistical tests

Hits: 782Abiodun Egbetokun, based at the National Centre for Technology Management in Ile-Ife, Nigeria, tackles a common challenge faced by doctoral students and young researchers: the choice of appropriate statistical tests. In this post, he offers four practical tips for making the right choice.  What kind of statistical analysis should I perform on my research data? As

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