From Dr. Wendy Carter of TA-DA! Thesis and Dissertation Accomplished

A Good Thesis or Dissertation Is a Done Thesis or Dissertation

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Making Progress When You Don't Feel Like Writing Your Thesis or Dissertation

To finish your degree, you have to establish several mini-goals for the end of the year and start working towards them.

What is it you want to cross off your to-do list this year instead of rolling over to next year’s resolution list? Perhaps you are looking forward to making significant progress on your thesis or dissertation before the end of the year. Be specific. How many pages/chapters would you have to finish for you to feel like you have made significant progress?

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Monday, February 15, 2010

5 More Rules to Making a Good Impression in Graduate School

To recap from last month's newsletter rules 1-5:

Rule #1: Let Your Hard Work Speak For You
Rule #2: Dress Appropriately
Rule #3: Speak Clearly
Rule #4: Be Professional with Advisor/Committee Members
Rule #5: Respect the Time Others Give

The road to making a good impression continues here.

Rule #6: Manage Your Time Effectively

Your ability to complete projects in a timely manner will help you make a good impression on your professor and or advisor. You should demonstrate that you know how to manage your time effectively by handing in papers, projects and required paperwork by the specified deadline or even before.

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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Making a Good Impression in My Graduate Department

Add this to your list of priorities for graduate school: making a good impression on your professors. Why? As a graduate student you need to find someone on the faculty who will be willing to become your advisor or mentor. Moreover, jobs and academic fellowships often require references. Faculty are ideal sources of references. In addition, your professors’ perception of you could also influence your grades and ability to find a good advisor. Like it or not, perceptions matter.


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Monday, December 07, 2009

Do You Have What it Takes to Complete a PhD?

I recently attended the Ph.D. Candidacy reception at UMBC (University of Maryland, Baltimore County), where Dr. Freeman Hrabowski, III — president of the university — gave a speech on the characteristics of people who successfully achieve their Ph.D. Here are the characteristics he pinpointed, and my own comments about how they can help you succeed.


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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Thesis and Dissertation Help: Tips, Tools and Resources

This issue of FinishLine was written for those of you who are struggling with completing your Master’s thesis or dissertation. Many advisors think that the struggle to complete your thesis or dissertation is based on your inability to write and or conduct research but at TA-DA we recognize that completing your degree is about much more.

Three of the most helpful resources by far for graduate students are TA-DA FinishLine, TA-DA! Online and the TA-DA! CD. These tools are designed to guide you step-by-step through the entire process of finishing your thesis or dissertation, and to help keep you motivated along the way. The tips and guidelines included will make the process much, much easier … including the writing phase. TA-DA! also provides tools to help you overcome procrastination, frustration and any other obstacles you may face. Most importantly, TA-DA! will show you how to organize and plan your time and actions so that you complete at least one task every day … and that’s what it will take to make sure you finally get finished. Our motto is “A Good Dissertation is a Done Dissertation.” Remember: it doesn’t have to be perfect; it just has to be done!

Read the entire article, Thesis and Dissertation Help:Tips, Tools and Resources, including the answers to some common questions posed by some readers of FinishLine.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Completing Your Thesis or Dissertation:

Pull Out Your Cape and Tights

I got the idea for this newsletter after listening to past Dissertation House participants describe how they were able to complete their dissertation. Most of them relayed almost heroic tales of what they had to go through in order to complete their degree. One told of sleeping in his office only two hours a day and living on freeze dried rations for sustenance. A female graduate remembered giving birth and having to get back on task only three weeks later, despite her desire to spend time bonding with her newborn. Yet another recalled being so anxious about her ongoing workload that she wasn’t ever able to get a full night’s rest.

When students in the Dissertation House heard these stories, many sat silently thinking, “I don’t think I can do that”. This newsletter is for all of you who have the same fear, or who are thinking you have to be “Superman” or “Superwoman” in order to finish your degree. Read more about Completing Your Thesis or Dissertation.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Make It Work for You: The Research Assistantship

The previous newsletter dealt with a number of ways to help you through graduate school more quickly. In my own opinion, how you support yourself financially also determines how quickly you finish your degree. One of the best options is a paid research assistantship.

To begin with, this position can help you complete your degree more quickly than with other funding options. According to the National Research Council (NRC), students with the shortest time-to-degree (TTD) generally received some type of funding assistance in the form of fellowships, traineeships or research assistantships. Those with teaching assistantships and other forms of funding – such as loans – generally took longer to complete their degree.

To read the entire article, Making Graduate School Work for You, The Research Assistantship, click here.

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