The Post-Defense – Pre-Graduation World

Congratulations on a successful dissertation defense. Now that the adrenaline has worn off there is still plenty to do before you can “officially” graduate. This is a checklist that will help you navigate the post-defense / pre-graduation tasks:

Work through final revisions or additions with your Chair
Hire a Style Editor who knows your institution’s  guidelines/requirements (optional)
Study […]

By |January 3rd, 2016|Categories: Dissertation Writing|

A Guide to Writing Chapter Five

You made it! Take a moment to celebrate the milestones; you passed your proposal hearing, chapters 1, 2, and 3 are approved, you collected mountains of data and then wrote about it in chapter 4, and now you are ready to summarize the years of work and turn it into one final impactful chapter…

Chapter 5! […]

By |January 3rd, 2016|Categories: Dissertation Data Interpretation, Dissertation Writing|

How to Get 1,000 Survey Responses in One Week

Finding research participants can be a challenge and is source of stress for many students. I recently had great success with recruiting participants to a survey and thought I’d share my strategy in order to help you get the participants you need.

For my dissertation research I needed at least 300 people, but ideally >600 people to […]

By |December 29th, 2015|Categories: Dissertation Data Collection|Tags: , , |

Being the Project Manager of your Dissertation

Managing my dissertation like a year-long project was one of the best decisions I made. I used a tool called the One Page Project Manager (OPPM) and used it as a Dissertation Project Manager. For an introduction Video Click Here.

I split the Dissertation Project into three sections:

1) Dissertation Proposal 

Chapters 1, 2, 3 and preparing for […]

By |April 28th, 2015|Categories: Dissertation Proposal|

Prepare for the (survey) Monkey on your Back!

Within the dissertation journey, I am finalizing research for my study and one of the tools I am using to collect data is SurveyMonkey. It is a comprehensive survey tool and allows for large amounts of flexibility with survey design, question structure, layout, collection methods, and analysis functions. There are even features to analyze narrative data and […]

By |April 25th, 2015|Categories: Dissertation Data Collection|

The Dissertation Journey continues…and continues…and…

…eventually it ends.

I am in the 10th month of my dissertation journey and I am no longer looking at the mountain of work looming in front of me. I am on the other side of the mountain, sliding, skidding, legs flailing… as I try to put on the metaphorical brakes. The pace feels too fast…as […]

By |April 23rd, 2015|Categories: Dissertation Writing|

The Dissertation Intensive

Our doctoral program is a non-traditional, low residency model. As students, we live all over the U.S. and beyond. Because of this distance, the lonely process of getting a PhD can be even lonelier when the closest fellow student is 210 miles away. One solution – The Dissertation Intensive. Sound the trumpets. We are now […]

By |March 9th, 2015|Categories: Dissertation Proposal, Dissertation Writing|

Three tips to help you focus when writing your dissertation

Maintaining focus when writing is often a huge challenge for me. There are so many distractions – Facebook, Twitter, checking email, writing another blog post, to name a few. I have had to devise a few tactics to keep me focused on writing and the task at hand. Here are my top three techniques for […]

By |March 9th, 2015|Categories: Dissertation Writing|Tags: , |

The Dissertation Journey Begins

I’m a PhD student and about to start my dissertation. I was going to start with Chapter 1 this weekend, but well, you know what they say about the best laid plans. The step immediately before beginning the actual dissertation is to write a short 5-10 page paper outlining the concept of your dissertation. Well, I […]

By |February 1st, 2015|Categories: Dissertation Proposal, Dissertation Writing|