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How Does Dissertation Coaching Work?

When you book a dissertation coaching package, you will receive a number of one-on-one virtual sessions of up to one hour at a time, in which we will discuss your progress and problems and formulate workable solutions, techniques, and strategies. You will also have the ability to reach out via Slack (an instant messaging service) 24/7 via your own private channel for more urgent help or feedback. To help you stay on track and productive, you will receive written summaries of our sessions, which will include goals, action-items, and strategies targeted to your project. Finally, you will have the opportunity to request written feedback on and editing of your manuscript drafts, including corrections to your grammar, expression, formatting, referencing, and citations (depending on the package you book)

Is working with a dissertation coach “cheating”?

Absolutely not. Dissertation coaching is a recognized and validated form of support, just like any other form of coaching – from football coaching to career coaching. Working with a dissertation coach is not construed as cheating or unfair practice by the majority of institutions, although you should check with your institution’s academic integrity office if you are at all unsure. A reputable dissertation coach will not undertake any original writing or research for you, meaning that your dissertation will remain 100% your own, original work.

Will you help me deal with plagiarism?

Good dissertation coaching is all about teaching you the skills you need to succeed in your degree and beyond. While I will not check for or correct plagiarism in your work, I will teach you the strong research skills and citation techniques you need to avoid accidental plagiarism, as well as flagging any potential plagiarism issues before they can become a problem.

 

What academic formatting styles do you support?

I support and can edit dissertations written in a number of academic styles, including APA, Chicago, Turabian, MLA, and MHRA. As a trained academic editor, I am able to advise on both document layout and referencing/citations in these styles. If you book the “Fairy Godmother” or “Drill Sergeant” coaching package, document copyediting in these styles is included – so I will do the hard work for you!

Can you help with any field of research?

Definitely. Over the years, I have coached students in all fields and areas of research, from biology, political science, and philosophy to hospitality studies, leadership and management studies, and anthropology. I can support students working with both qualitative and quantitative data, as well as mixed-methods studies and textual analyses. I also have a research specialism in children’s literature, so if you work in the field of children’s studies, I can also offer specialized content support. Please note, however, that I cannot provide subject-content tuition (unless you work in the field of children’s studies)!

Are you qualified to help me?

Absolutely! I hold a PhD from the University of Wales, as well as a teaching qualification; I have taught academic writing for many years, have trained as an academic editor, and have supervised dissertation students across many fields throughout my career. I am also a published academic with a strong research profile in my field.

What level of support will I get?

You can choose the level of support that suits you best by selecting one of my packages. From one-off problems to full-semester programs, I am happy to help you as much or as little as you like. Sessions are completely virtual, so even though I am based in northeastern PA, I can help you no matter where in the world you are based.

Can I try dissertation coaching out before I commit?

Sure! Just use one of the “Book Your Free Session” buttons anywhere on this page to book a free, no-obligation, 30-minute session with me and try out my services for yourself.

What if dissertation coaching is not for me?

If you are not convinced by your free first session, there is no obligation to book further sessions. You can also withdraw from a paid package at any time, no questions asked, with my full money-back guarantee.

How can I pay for my coaching package?

Once you’ve decided to book a package, you’ll be sent an invoice via PayPal. You won’t need a PayPal account to pay – any credit card will work! You can also choose to pay in increments – just ask!

How do I know which package is right for me?

Each of my packages represents a different level of support. You should choose the package that best represents the level of support you need. If you’re not sure which package is right for you, book a free 30-minute consultation – I’ll talk through your needs and goals with you and help you choose the package that’s right for you!

What does a typical dissertation coaching session look like?

A typical session in any of my packages is 1 hour long, conducted via Zoom. When you schedule any session, you will be sent a Zoom link and password for access to a secure online Zoom session. If you need to go over the allotted hour, no problem – we’ll keep working until you are happy with your progress, at no extra cost to you. And, if you’re feeling burned out or in a hurry, shorter sessions are also absolutely fine.

Do you help all types of graduate student?

Absolutely! I offer dissertation help to ALL students, whether you are an undergraduate, masters, or PhD student, just starting out or almost ready for your oral defense, and in any field of expertise. Still not sure? Book a free session to find out how I can help you.

How can I get started?

If you would like to work with me, the first step is to book your free consultation. This session is 30-minutes long and enables me to identify the amount and areas of support that will benefit you most and advise you on the best package to book. It is also an opportunity for you to get to know me and decide if you are comfortable working with me.

If you decide to move forward with booking my services, we’ll book dates and times for your virtual sessions, according to the package you have booked.




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