June 23, 2022
What is Dissertation Coaching?

A dissertation coach’s first and foremost priority is to help you cross the dissertation finishing line. 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 […]

June 23, 2022
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 […]

June 23, 2022
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 […]

June 16, 2022
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 […]

June 11, 2022
What is ABD (“All But Dissertation”) and How Can You Avoid Getting Stuck There?

ABD, or “all but dissertation,” is a term used frequently in the US to designate a PhD student who has passed all qualifying degree elements except for the writing, presentation, and defense of the doctoral dissertation. For many students, ABD can stand as both an exciting milestone and a terrifying sinkhole.  This is because ABD […]

June 4, 2022
Five Top Tips for Preparing for Your Dissertation Oral Defense (Viva Voce)

You’ve done the research, analyzed the data, written the dissertation, and submitted it – now all that’s left is to complete your oral defense (also known as the viva voce, or just the viva). How on earth can you prepare to orally explain to a panel of experts what took you years to research and […]

June 3, 2022
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 […]

May 27, 2022
What Happens When You Submit Your Dissertation?

Think you’ve hit the finish line when you finally finish your full dissertation draft? Well … not quite. You actually have many more steps before you finally get to call your dissertation journey finished. Here’s a handy infographic of what to expect.

May 27, 2022
Five Ways to Prepare for the Academic Job Market

No matter how good your research is, finding an academic job can be challenging. 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 […]

May 26, 2022
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 […]

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