Tag Archives: revisions

Revising by chopping up


Chops by Megg, Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License

Your first draft is just that – a first draft. Everyone always has to revise it so don’t be surprised that you will need to as well. Revisions often need to be whole scale structural rearrangement. In this post Pat Thomson talks about a method for doing this by physically cutting your work up with scissors. You can also do similar things electronically using the navigation pane as I have explained before in my post on Rearranging sections of work in Word.


Answering your reviewer


My toughest photo critic, by Matthew, Attribution License

When your work is examined, it is usual you to need to make amendments. In this respect your thesis examination is similar to the peer review that happens when you submit work to journals. You will need to respond to all the requests for changes, both by making changes and by writing a letter that explains what you have done.

In this article, David Cook provides some really helpful advice about what to write in your response letter and how to interpret the sort of comments your reviewer might make.

A really important points he makes is that the reviewer is always right. Even if you don’t thinks so, their comments usually mean something is not clear or is missing from your document that has lead them to the wrong conclusion. Whatever it is, you must fix it. That often means thinking carefully about what the reviewer has said as it might not be obvious to you right away. It sometimes takes me a few days before I “get” their point of view.

Check out Tip 10, 11 and Table 3 in particular.
Cook, D. A. (2016). Twelve tips for getting your manuscript published. Medical Teacher, 38(1), 41-50. doi:10.3109/0142159X.2015.1074989 http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.3109/0142159X.2015.1074989

Tracked changes



Tracked changes are a great editing tool in Word. I find it especially useful when more than one person works on a document. It allows me to keep track of the changes someone else has made, so I can check I agree with them. Your supervisor will likely use tracked changes if they make editing suggestions to your document so you should make sure you understand how to view them and accept them.

Here is a short overview video and also some more detailed instructions

DemoTrainer (2008) Word 2007 Demo: Use tracked changes in documents

Microsoft (2014) Track changes while you edit

These are the settings I find most useful for using tracked changes: