Dissertation Coaching – A Strategic Approach

  Meet Dr. Cara Weston, Director of Dissertation Complete Coaching

I have successfully worked with hundreds of doctoral and masters students around the globe – just like you – to help them finish their dissertations and graduate. I have more than 25 years of experience in higher education administration, teaching, coaching and consulting. My academic interests include international education projects, program design, writing development and language acquisition. I use a dynamic, positive and brain-based coaching approach to help my clients develop effective new strategies and implement change. I know first-hand what it’s like to be a graduate student while working professionally full-time, raising a family and managing other projects. As your dissertation coach, I will help you build the skills and knowledge that helped me succeed as a doctoral student, as well as the many clients I have coached through the dissertation process. 

I completed my doctoral, masters and undergraduate degrees at Columbia University in New York, the University of British Columbia, Canada, and Tilburg University in The Netherlands.   For the past two decades, I’ve mentored students and colleagues as a faculty member and administrator at universities and colleges in Canada, Singapore, Japan and the United Arab Emirates. I’ve trained on innovative coaching methods with the Mentor Coach organization, based in the United States. 

A New Kind of Dissertation Support

 You may have imagined that completing your doctorate would be a straightforward process that would look something like this: enter the program, take courses, do research, write your dissertation, graduate.  

However, given the complications involved in doctoral-level research and the reality of life-changing events occurring over four or more years, there’s a good chance your experience hasn’t gone completely to plan.

That’s where I come in! Save time, energy and money by leveraging my dissertation coaching expertise.

For many grad students, the dissertation process causes anxiety, anguish and drags on for years – or is never finished. Working with an effective dissertation coach can greatly reduce the amount of time it takes to finish your dissertation and complete your degree, allowing you to move forward with your post-graduate life sooner.

I understand the process of completing a masters or doctoral project intimately. I’ve  gone through it myself – yes, while working full-time in a challenging academic role and raising a family. I fully understand the challenges.

Over the past two decades, I’ve mentored hundreds of domestic and international students and have developed specific strategies for completing each phase of the research project efficiently.

For most graduate students, there’s a psychological component to the completion of the dissertation that’s equally important. Completing a dissertation is a complex process that elicits a wide array of potential impasses.

​I’m dedicated to supporting students on their dissertation journey and offer emotional support that goes way beyond academics.

Why Dissertation Complete Coaching is Unique:

Think of me, your dissertation coach, as a collaborative partner who guides you in the process of developing and completing your doctoral dissertation or masters thesis. I provide advising and feedback on: 

Dissertation topic selection, research design, literature review, analysis, content development, writing quality and defence preparation. 

And all quite painlessly. 

Extensive experience with students from around the globe and equipped to work with the unique needs of international students and second language learners.

There to keep you on track and accountable – to meet your goals. I work with you to set concrete and manageable project targets. We assess and refine these as needed.


Help you address any self-defeating blockages that may be getting in the way of progress, including unhealthy lifestyle habits, anxiety, and (of course) procrastination.

Structure your time (by understanding your particular needs and schedule) so the process becomes manageable – and even enjoyable! My expertise is in complex project management and I will help you maximize your strengths in order to make progress.  


Provide a skilled and creative sounding board for your ideas, making sure that only the best ideas make it to paper.

Book a complimentary session to discuss your project and find out how I can help. Graduation is within reach and I will help you get there.

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

“Writing is a living practice, meaning that we must consider it essential to our intellectual lives.  Dr. Weston showed genuine interest in my project and asked insightful questions on the research, often opening up new venues for exploration. I immediately noticed in short time that my productivity increased and I am confident that I will complete this draft in no time. If you require support in finishing your project, I strongly recommend working with Cara.”

Jason W., York University

 You’ve come this far…

I’M HERE TO HELP YOU MAKE IT ACROSS THE FINISH LINE. Book a complimentary session to discuss your project and find out how a dissertation coach can help.

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