Keeping Your Dissertation Focus

Now that the school year is starting back up, what are your dissertation goals for fall semester 2020? What habits will you engage to ensure a successful term? The main distractions that hold doctoral students back are lack of focus or motivation, uncooperative chairs or committee members, and lack of technical knowledge. This month, we

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Assigning Self-Value to Your Dissertation

How often do you reflect on your accomplishments and then applaud your dedication and hard work?  If your answer was ‘not often,’ you are extinguishing your own light! Assigning yourself and your efforts value, especially during the dissertation process, is critical for sustained success and continued motivation. Self-value is more behavioral than emotional, meaning it

Practicing Patience: Key to a Successful Mindset

Patience is the theme for May’s newsletter. Patience is described by the Merriam-Webster Dictionary as “the ability to remain calm when dealing with a difficult or annoying situation, task, or person.” During these trying times, we must remain patient with our peers and colleagues, our friends and family, and most importantly, we must practice patience

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Love Your Dissertation

Fall back in love with your research and learn to love the dissertation process. How? The same way you began your doctoral journey, with dedicated motivation and purpose! Procrastination is a killer of progress for most graduate students, so our February theme is about honing your intellectual passion to create the dissertation progress you’ve been

Dominate Your Dissertation in 2020

Welcome, 2020! What are you going to do with this shiny, new decade? Will you complete your dissertation this year, or will you struggle for the next few years while you burnyourself out? Here are some tips on how to avoid the latter. Inside Higher ED says setting deadlines early in the dissertation process is imperative

Graduate Next Year

The holiday season is upon us and our to-do list seems to be growing exponentially each day. In the midst of gift wrapping, dinner planning, and ugly holiday sweaters, are you achieving dissertation progress? Let’s take a moment to ground ourselves in the last few weeks of 2019 and then get ready to reach for

Turn Rejection into Motivation

Rejection hurts and failures are difficult to get over. As a PhD candidate, chances are, you have experienced rejection and failure at some point along your doctoral journey. Caitlin Kirby from Michigan State University wore her rejections from over the last 4 years as a badge of honor. Kirby walked into her oral dissertation defense with a

Picture Dissertation Success

What if your dissertation struggles didn’t have to be all-consuming? Instead of spending countless hours going back and forth with your committee feedback, what if you could spend that time constructively working with a seasoned mentor that knows how to get your chapter approved? That’s exactly the type of effective support you will find with