April 3, 2023
What Should Dissertation Feedback Look Like?

Dissertation supervisors are there to support you throughout your Ph.D. But what should their feedback actually look like? This guide answers that and more.

March 2, 2023
Where Can You Go for Extra Help During Your Dissertation Research?

Five experts you can hire to help with your dissertation. Feeling overwhelmed with your dissertation research? You’re not alone. Here’s a list of experts who can help ensure your manuscript is the best it can be. You’ve spent years working toward your degree, thinking about your ideal dissertation topic, and crafting the perfect problem statement. […]

January 19, 2023
Three Apps for Being A Grad Student and Parenting at the Same Time

Parenting while doing a grad degree is really hard work. Here are the three apps that I use to make the balance bearable.

November 7, 2022
What To Expect in Your Dissertation Defense Presentation

If you’re approaching the final weeks of your dissertation writing journey, you may be wondering about what to expect in your dissertation defense presentation. Exactly what happens after you hit the “submit” button, and how can you prepare for that all-important presentation day? Here’s a quick guide to what to expect and how to get […]

October 31, 2022
Do I need to be a genius to do a doctorate degree?

The quick answer to this question is no: you don’t need to be abnormally “smart” to do a doctorate degree, but you do need a specialized set of skills and characteristics. Completing a doctorate degree is not easy, but the idea that only geniuses become doctors is a misconception. In fact, your IQ has very […]

September 26, 2022
The Top 6 PhD Podcasts for Surviving Your Dissertation

Back in August, I promised you a post with my line-up of fantastic PhD podcasts for dissertation students – so here it is! In this post, I’ll share six of my favorite research and study podcasts for dissertation students (and don’t forget to check out the companion post 10 Essential Dissertation Blogs for Ph.D. Students!) […]

September 19, 2022
What is a Dissertation Problem Statement?

The dissertation problem statement outlines the specific problem you hope to solve with your dissertation study. This may seem like a simple concept, but many dissertation students struggle to move from this definition to a fully fleshed-out section in Chapter 1. This post will walk you though some starting points: the reason for having a […]

September 12, 2022
Manual vs. Software Coding for Qualitative Dissertations: Which Is Better?

Are you preparing to do qualitative coding for your dissertation? Coding is one of those research process that can (sometimes) be made easier with the use of Digital tools, such as coding software. Before you begin, determine whether you should opt for manual vs. software coding. Keep reading to learn about the pros and cons […]

September 5, 2022
Qualitative Data Coding for Dissertation Students: What Is It and Why You Need It

Similar to coding quantitative data, qualitative data coding can be used to extract engaging themes and theories from qualitative data. In this post, we’ll take a look at the importance of qualitative data in dissertation research, the various ways to code it, and how to determine the best approach to a data set. What Is […]

August 11, 2022
10 Essential Dissertation Blogs for Ph.D. Students

If you are anything like me, then having a few blogs and podcasts to follow is essential to every project – and dissertation blogs are no exception. In this post, I’ll share ten of my favorite research blogs for dissertation students, including academic, writing, and humorous options. (Don’t worry – we’ll get to podcasts another […]

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