301, 2016

The Post-Defense – Pre-Graduation World

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

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 […]

301, 2016

A Guide to Writing Chapter Five

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

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! […]

2304, 2015

The Dissertation Journey continues…and continues…and…

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

…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 […]

903, 2015

The Dissertation Intensive

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

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 […]

903, 2015

Three tips to help you focus when writing your dissertation

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

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 […]

102, 2015

The Dissertation Journey Begins

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

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 […]