Useful advice

The lecture of Professor Simon Peyton Jones, ‘How to write a great research paper’, is a must see if you are in the process of writing your thesis.

Professor Simon Peyton Jones, Microsoft Research, gives a guest lecture on writing. Seven simple suggestions: don’t wait – write, identify your key idea, tell a story, nail your contributions, put related work at the end, put your readers first, listen to your readers.

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Everything about Academic writing can be found on the University of Groningen’s website:

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