Finish Your Ph.D. with Dissertation Coach Dr. Cara Weston
I help doctoral and masters students successfully finish their dissertations, graduate and move on to the next fabulous phase of their lives. Individualized dissertation coaching that works!
You may be juggling work and family, as well as the demanding requirements of graduate studies. Procrastination, writer’s block and avoidance may be your current companions. Let me assure you: the feeling of drowning in constant stress and overwhelm doesn’t have to be a permanent state. I understand the challenges because I’ve been there myself as a graduate student…and have worked successfully as a dissertation coach with many other students and colleagues who have as well. We made it to the other side of the graduation finish line and you can too.
I’ve coached many students just like you, in need of personalized Ph.D. guidance.
How I help you get to the finish line as your dissertation coach
Together, we clarify your current dissertation challenges, put a clear action plan in place that’s focused and doable and work together to make it happen, collaboratively and efficiently. Depending on your needs, I provide targeted feedback on all phases of the process, including your proposal development, literature review, research methodology and design, analysis, defence preparation, writing development and committee navigation. We will likely share a few laughs along the way!
Regular weekly meetings and ongoing email communication ensure accountability while providing individualized dissertation support.
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My Approach As Your Dissertation Coach
As your dissertation coach, I meet you where you are, taking into account your particular strengths, needs and challenges. I don’t believe in a one-size-fits-all approach. The dissertation help I provide goes beyond the mechanics of Ph.D. completion because your academic project does not take place in a vacuum. You may be working professionally full or part-time, raising a family, volunteering and managing many other real world tasks.
Together, we take a holistic look at where you are now with your project, your academic goals, your lifestyle and your desired timeline. We craft an individualized, strategic plan for dissertation completion that fits into your schedule as seamlessly as possible.
We’ll decide together which approach is right for you: a fast track, intensive approach with a firm deadline or a slower-paced dissertation process that maximizes every learning opportunity at your disposal. As you progress, we will revisit our strategies as required to keep your project moving forward.
My individualized support can help you make remarkable progress
The reality is that many dissertation students do not receive the support they need through their programs. Following the completion of coursework, it’s all too common for graduate students to be left alone to work through what can become an amorphous project without concrete deadlines. Added to this is the variable approaches dissertation chairs or supervisors can take to working with students.
While many supervisors provide effective guidance and are responsive, others are hands-off and provide very little help. Dissertation Complete Coaching meets the needs of doctoral and masters students who are not getting the support they require to make progress and graduate. All one-on-one dissertation clients work directly with Dr. Cara Weston-Edell and receive targeted mentorship as part of their coaching package.
Dissertation Complete Coaching support includes:
- Weekly individual coaching calls (via phone or Zoom)
- A strategic accountability plan for dissertation completion
- Unlimited access to Dr. Cara via email
- Ongoing feedback on your working draft
- Comprehensive assistance throughout each phase of your dissertation process
Depending on dissertation client needs, specific areas of coaching assistance can include:
- Helping you develop and refine your topic and research questions/hypotheses
- Providing assistance with determining your problem and purpose statements
- Supporting the development and organization of the literature review
- Giving feedback and advice on your methodology, findings and discussion chapters
- Helping you work through the structure, development and organization of each chapter
- Preparing you for proposal and final defense presentations
- Providing ongoing feedback on your writing and helping you address suggestions and edits from your supervisor and committee members
- Navigating supervisor and committee conflicts and challenges
- Strategically helping you stay organized, set goals, and meet deadlines
What my coaching clients say:
“After recovering from an illness, I needed help jumpstarting my daily writing routine when I fell out of practice. I reached out to Dr. Weston and we worked together to develop a plan to improve my writing discipline. We discussed writing strategies during our sessions, but more importantly we worked on how to incorporate my scholarship into my everyday life.”
Max E., Concordia University
Jason W., York University
“Dr. Cara provided insight into how to prepare my project and she helped me to develop necessary research skills, supported with her wealth of experience. She was quick to respond to any issues and went the extra mile to assist me throughout while allowing me to develop my own ideas, approaches and skills. I can honestly say that without the support I received from Cara, my final project would not have been anywhere close to what I was able to achieve. Knowing that there was a person with extensive experience in research and the desire to see me succeed to my full potential really pushed me to stay on track and improve my capabilities. I recommend Dissertation Complete Coaching to anyone embarking on their graduate level research project and dissertation.”
G. Smith, Middlesex University