Dissertation Coaching


What is dissertation coaching? There are many available services that offer a range of options for doctoral students who have reached the dissertation proposal or actual dissertation writing stage.

Gradmentor services address the most essential aspects for completing and successfully defending the dissertation. These include:

  • Assistance with topic selection or refinement
  • Help with selecting appropriate methodology and research design
  • Breaking down the dissertation into manageable sections
  • Help with understanding major advisor or committee comments
  • Providing timely critical feedback on manuscript in progress
  • Helping keep track of references
  • Managing critical and weekly deadlines, especially as defense deadline approaches
  • Guidance with consistency of dissertation title, purpose statement, problem statement, and research questions (logic)
  • Help with finding appropriate theory or theories for developing theoretical/conceptual framework
  • Help with determining appropriate sample sizes and validity of results
  • Guidance on data analysis options, including appropriate software
  • Evaluation of options for conducting qualitative versus quantitative research
  • Help find gap in literature
  • Help find significance of study
  • Explain each section and give examples
  • Help find relevant peer-reviewed, current research, and dissertations
  • Provide template for annotation of research
  • Assist with developing and synthesizing the literature review
  • Identify passive voice when requested
  • Help find relevant instrument(s)
  • Referral to a quantitative statistician when appropriate
  • Help with figures, charts, and graphs
  • Cross checking references (help find missing references)
  • Assistance with editing
  • Help with Institutional Review Board (IRB) preparations
  • Assist with defense preparation including mock defense sessions
  • Assistance with PowerPoint presentations for the final defense 

For further information about dissertation and thesis research, visit the Gradmentor Tools page. For further details about GradMentor dissertation coaching services, contact Scott.


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