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 […]

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 […]

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.

April 29, 2022
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 […]

April 22, 2022
How to Get Motivated When Your Dissertation Deadline is Approaching

When you have a dissertation deadline approaching, it can be challenging to keep motivated. In fact, the closer the finish line looms, the harder it gets to stay focused and enthusiastic. Anything but sitting down to work starts to look attractive. (I often used to find myself really interested in dealing with the laundry backlog.) […]

March 19, 2022
How to Keep Your Dissertation Reference List Under Control

No one likes doing academic references, but they are essential and a dissertation contains HUNDREDS of them. How can you keep your references and citations in order when you are working with so many sources over so many months and drafts? In this post, I give you my top tips as a professional academic writer […]

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