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Do I Need a Dissertation Coach?

The quick answer is “yes”: even the best students can benefit from the support of an experienced dissertation coach. In this article, I explain the 101 of dissertation coaching, so you know what to expect and how to decide if coaching is right for you. Whether you are just starting out in your graduate studies or approaching a major dissertation…

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What is Dissertation Coaching?

Photo by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash Whether you are just starting out in your graduate studies or are approaching a major dissertation milestone, the chances are you have seen a lot of advertisements for dissertation coaching services. However, you may not be sure what exactly a dissertation coach does, whether you personally would benefit from hiring one, or how to…

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How Much Does Dissertation Coaching Cost?

You can expect to pay anything from $800 to $4000 per semester for dissertation coaching, depending on the level of service and the expertise of the coach. Expensive? Well, that depends. Dissertation coaching is an investment. While the upfront cost might feel steep, it is paltry when you consider what you are getting and the costs it can help you…

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Benefits of Hiring a Dissertation Coach

Whether you are just starting out in your graduate studies or are approaching a major dissertation milestone, the chances are you’ve seen a lot of advertisements for dissertation coaching services. But do you really need a coach? What can a coach actually do for you? Here are some of the top benefits my students have expressed appreciation for. Accountability There…

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5 Self-Care Tips for Overworked Dissertation Students

With so many conflicting demands, it can be difficult to keep your work-life balance in check while writing your dissertation. However, mastering this balancing act is crucial to your academic success both now and in the future. As one researcher on Twitter shared recently, stats gathered by the Welcome Trust in 2020 indicate that work-life balance and negative impacts on…

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Five Research Tips for Your Dissertation Literature Review

The dissertation literature review—also known as the thesis literature review, or simply the lit review—is the portion of your dissertation that summarizes and dialogues with the existing research on your topic. If you’re like most of the students I work with, you may feel you need some help with this first and crucial part of your research. In fact, for…

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Five Ways to Prepare for the Academic Job Market

No matter how good your research is, finding an academic job can be challenging. Image by www_slon_pics from Pixabay Especially in the wake of pandemic-related hiring freezes and funding cuts, competition for faculty positions and tenure-track roles is fierce. However, there are steps you can take to maximize your competitiveness in the academic job market. In this post, I share…

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How Dissertation Students Can Seek Graduate Teaching Experience to Succeed in the Academic Job Market

Are you wondering whether teaching during your graduate degree is worth the time, stress, and extra work? If so, then the answer is a resounding “yes,” because teaching experience is one important key to success in the academic job market. Most faculty positions are built on three core pillars: research, service, and teaching. Anyone can walk into a classroom and…

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Understanding the Peer Review Process

Peer review is essential. Without peer review, the whole structure of academia would crumble. In this article, you’ll learn: The Meaning of Peer-Review How the Peer-Review Process Works How to Survive Your first Peer-Review Report Most credible academic journals and publishers utilize the peer review process to ensure the quality and credibility of their publications (we’ll discuss why in a…

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How to Create an Academic Website

Photo by HalGatewood.com on Unsplash Creating an academic website is a great way to showcase your research, share your personal experiences of academia, and encourage others within your research community to reach out and stay in touch. A personal academic website can also serve as your digital portfolio, offering potential employers easy access to your professional profile. In this article,…

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Understanding The Dissertation Defense Process

If you’re approaching the final weeks of your dissertation writing journey, you may be wondering about the process for approaching and completing your defense. Exactly what happens after you hit the “submit” button, and how soon will you be able to flaunt your new title? You may unaware that there is still some work ahead before you can call your…

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