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Need Thesis or Dissertation Support? Try Brain Food Online

Brain Food Online is designed to support U of G students working on their theses or dissertations. These self-guided online modules provide you with the tools you need to navigate this process from beginning to end. The asynchronous format of Brain Food Online allows you to complete the program at your own pace and revisit the materials as needed. 

Whether you’re looking to learn how to conduct research, collect data, write chapters, or manage your time as a graduate student, Brain Food Online is for you. “Brain Food provided me with valuable information about the various aspects of a thesis and gave me the motivation and confidence to start working on mine. It also gave some valuable tips for productivity and time management,” said a U of G graduate student. 

Getting started on a thesis or dissertation can be challenging. “For new graduate students, the thesis can feel like a mysterious genre,” said Sarah Gibbons, writing specialist, Learning & Curriculum Support. The modules in Brain Food Online provide a step-by-step guide that you can use to learn to create an effective schedule, develop a clear research question, find quality sources, choose applicable methods, outline your thesis, and map your time to completion.  

Most Brain Food Online modules have pre-recorded lectures, short activities, and access to supplementary resources to support your learning. Topics covered include: 

  • Time Management During the Thesis Process 
  • Formulating Your Research Question 
  • Working with Data 
  • Thesis Structure and Thesis Mapping 
  • Advanced Search Strategies for Gathering the Literature 
  • Strategies for Reading the Literature 
  • Writing the Literature Review 
  • Writing the Results and Discussion Sections 
  • Paraphrasing and Summarizing 

Accessing Brain Food Online is simple. You can register for it at any time via CourseLink and you’ll keep access to the materials until you graduate. “The Brain Food program was extremely helpful to me when I took it at the start of my first semester and I have since returned to various modules when I'm in need of extra guidance, confidence, or motivation,” said a U of G graduate student.  

If you’re free on Monday, February 1, 2021, at 10:30 a.m., we’re hosting a special welcome to Brain Food Online. This livestreamed event will provide you with the opportunity to ask questions about Brain Food Online and connect with the instructors. 

Questions?  

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