PhD Completion: If You Can Write a Master’s Thesis You Can Write a Dissertation

I believe that to accomplish any long-term goal you have to start with the end in mind. This book and it contents starts with the belief that you want to accomplish your goal no matter what.  If I as a single parent could accomplish three masters’ degree and a PhD, I believe that you can too.  Moreover, as a dissertation coach for the University of Maryland I have worked with several talented students in a variety of disciplines. Sometimes you need a reminder of how talented you really are when especially when you are struggling to write your thesis or dissertation. Beyond writing a thesis, proposal or dissertation, this book provides some helpful tips, tools, and techniques on how to successfully complete graduate school with your degree. I hope this book provides you with some insight and motivation to continue until you graduate.
Chapter 1 Getting Started
  1. A Master’s Thesis or Doctoral Dissertation
  2. From ABD to Ph.D. at Age 60; Interview with Dr. Bryan
  3. Do You Have What it Takes to Complete a PhD?
  4. Getting Started: How to Start and Finish Your Thesis or Dissertation in One Year
  5. 30 Day Countdown to Completion…
  6. Ten Tips to Selecting a Thesis or Dissertation Topic
  7. The Necessary Ingredients of Writing a Dissertation Proposal
  8. I Need Answers!’ …The Quest of the Research Problem
  9. Writing a Thesis Statement
  10. Basic Steps to Writing a Thesis or Dissertation
Chapter 2:Research and Literature Review
  1. Academic Research: Scholarly Journals, Popular Magazines, Newspapers, Trade Publications, and the Internet
  2. Name Dropping, Book Review, or Writing a Literature Review
  3. How to Write a Thesis or Dissertation Using Academic Language
  4. Scientific Writing: The Six-Burner Stove
Chapter 3: Staying on Track
  1. Making a Plan and Staying Motivated
  2. Making Progress When You Do Not Feel Like Writing
  3. Writing Your Thesis or Dissertation in Just 12 Minutes a Day
  4. Finish Your Thesis or Dissertation by Working Your Way Backwards
  5. Leap and the Net Will Appear: A New Year’s Plan for Success
  6. Ten Tips to Help You Overcome Writer’s Block
  7. Do It Now: Conquering Procrastination
  8. Dispelling the Myths About Writing a Thesis or Dissertation
Chapter 4: Faculty, Advisors,  Committees
  1. Sink or Swim: Choosing a Lab or Research Advisor
  2. When Faculty Say “X” They Mean “Y”: Want the Straight Scoop From Faculty? Here It Is!
  3. Selecting and Managing Your Academic Advisor and Committee Members
  4. Reading the Subtle Signs: Are You Being Encouraged to Throw in the Towel?
  5. Making a Good Impression in Your Graduate Department
Chapter 5: Graduate School and Real Life
  1. Graduate School: When Is a Good Time to Have a Baby
  2. Parenting and Graduate School: Seeking a Balance
  3. Make Graduate School Work for You
  4. Make it Work for You: The Research Assistantship
Chapter 6: Managing Graduate Student Life
  1. So You Are Not Independently Wealthy? Funding for Graduate School
  2. Preparing for the Costs They Do Not Tell You About
  3. Carpe Diem: Public Speaking in Graduate School
  4. The Art of Networking in Graduate School
  5. Understanding the Unwritten Rules of Graduate School
  6. Tick Tock, Tick Tock: Keeping Up With Your Cohort
Chapter 7: The Defense and Beyond
  1. Preparing for Defense of Your Thesis or Dissertation
  2. Nuts and Bolts of the Dissertation Defense and the Presentation
  3. After the Defense: Dealing with Deadlines and Depositing
  4. Navigating the Academic Job Market
  5. Sealing the Deal: The Art of Negotiation
Chapter 8: Ten Graduate Student Mistake to Avoid
  1. Mistake #1: Failing to Present Your Work to the Public During Graduate School
  2. Mistake #2: Leaving Before You Finish Your Degree
  3. Mistake #3: Waiting Until You Have Finished Your Degree to Begin Your Job Search
  4. Mistake #4: Being Unprofessional or Disrespectful to Advisors/Committee Members
  5. Mistake #5: Piling Up Incompletes on Your Transcripts and/or Taking Too Long to Complete Your Work
  6. Mistake #6: Dismissing the Power of the Administrative Staff
  7. Mistake #7: Assuming Your Advisor/Principal Investigator Knows More Than You About Your Project
  8. Mistake #8: Looking For a Friend When You Need an Expert
  9. Mistake #9: Not Maintaining Consistent and Meaningful Contact with the Committee as the Thesis/Dissertation Unfolds
  10. Mistake #10: Not Planning Out Your Graduate Career from Start to Finish
  11. Dr. Carter Answers Questions from Graduate Students