HDR 1:1 Consultations

HDR 1:1 Consultations

1:1 Consultations with a HDR Learning Advisor

HDR and MRes candidates can book a 1:1 appointment with their HDR Learning Advisor to discuss thesis writing, conference preparation, grant application, publishing, or any other learning skills issue. These consultations can take place in person on campus or over Skype/Zoom.

To book an appointment, please email your HDR Learning Advisor, or just email hdrlearningskills@mq.edu.au and your Learning Advisor will get back to you. Please include your name, your department, and what you'd like to discuss.

HDR Data Analysis and Statistical Advice Consultations

Statistical advice should be sought early in your candidature to minimise the occurrence of later problems. Advice on data analysis and interpretation is available from MQ's Department of Statistics. This HDR Statistical Consulting Service is available usually on Mondays from 10am - 1pm.

To book an appointment or submit a question online, please email A/Prof Peter Petocz
You can also call Peter directly on 9850 9174 (Mondays only).Peter is located in Room 539 (Level 5), 12 Wally's Walk.

Machine Learning /Data Science Consulting Service

The Department of Computing has introduced a Machine Learning Consulting Service, inspired by the Statistical Consulting Service from the Department of Maths and Stats.

Associate Professor Mark Dras from Macquarie’s Department of Computing is happy to talk to researchers at Macquarie, both HDR students and academic staff, about their research and how machine learning might be applied to it. So whether you’re just starting to think about this (“What’s this decision tree thing I’ve heard about and how could I use it?”) or have been thinking about it for longer (“Should I use an attention-based neural network for this problem or not?”), if you have questions, you’re welcome to come and ask.

The Machine Learning Consulting Service is available on Thursdays 10am - 12pm in Room 208, 4 Research Park Drive (at the end of Wally’s Walk, near the hospital). Please email Mark (mark.dras@mq.edu.au) to make a booking.

HDR Mentors: Peer Writing Assistant Consultations

The Peer Writing Assistance Program is designed to support MRES and HDR candidates in managing thesis writing and research-related concerns. All peer writing assistants have undergone training for their role and are current PhD candidates at Macquarie.

Peer Writing Assistants function as a ‘friendly audience’ or ‘fresh pair of eyes’ to help you gain new perspective on your writing or research ideas. They facilitate 30 minute one-on-one consultations and can assist with the following:

  • Brainstorm research ideas,
  • Work on an existing outline or chapter draft,
  • Develop effective academic/research skills,
  • Help you refine and strengthen written expression and communication of ideas,
  • Explore strategies around study-related issues such as time/project management and writer's block

These one-on-one consultations are collaborative and involve your active participation. Peer Writing Assistants are not your tutors and will not be able to proofread or edit your work, but they can assist you in developing these skills yourself.

To book an appointment head to the PWA webpage and register your interest.

Consultation with a Research Librarian

The Macquarie University library offers a wealth of research support to help you keep up to date in your field, manage your references, and to track the impact of your research.

For additional research support, you are able to book a consultation with your faculty research librarian

Editing Services

The editing process for HDR candidates is governed by the ‘Guidelines for Editing Research Theses’ as set out by the Institute of Professional Editors Limited (IPEd)You can search for an editor who offers the services you need and has expertise in the subject you are writing about at 'Find an editor'.

You must consult your supervisor before engaging an editor.

Additional information relating to Thesis Preparation, Submission & Examination can be found here.

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