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Coaching is a little different for every student, depending on your situation and what stage of the PhD you are at, but the basic aim is to leave you at the end of each session with a clear idea of what to do and how to do it.
In following sessions we do a debrief, work out what has worked well, talk about what problems you’ve faced and then adapt the approach accordingly.
Ultimately, we want to reach a point where coaching is no longer necessary and you can carry on confidently and independently.
What coaching can help with
- Getting organised
- Strategic decision-making
- Advice on writing process, style and structure
- Feedback on your writing
- Refining proposals
- Working with academic literature
- Adapting to the unexpected
- Setting short-term goals and providing accountability
- Preparing presentations and publications
- Getting back on track after a long break
- Getting things finished
I’ve worked with PhD students from all over the world, in subjects including archaeology, architecture, anthropology, business, biology, chemistry, design, economics, engineering, education, geography, history, literature, nursing, philosophy, physics, translation and zoology.
Since 2010, I’ve encountered just about every situation imaginable, though there are occasionally a few surprises!
How does it work?
The first step is to get to know you, your project and the difficulties you are facing. We’ll then identify specific, achievable tasks for you to focus on and I’ll teach you the principles and strategies you need to get unstuck.
The ultimate aim is to make myself redundant; in many cases it’s only taken a few sessions for students to get back on track and keep going independently.
What coaching can’t help with
I can’t give you technical feedback related to the specifics of your field.
Also, I am not a therapist. I can only help with the practical component of a stressful situation. For help with depression or anxiety you should consult with a doctor or other qualified professional.
How much does it cost?
The first session costs just £15 for 1 hour, so you can try it out and see if it’s a good fit for you without too much risk.
Following the first session, there are a few different options depending on how frequently we need to speak.
For one-off sessions the cost is £60 per hour
2 hours per month: £100
1 hour per month: £50
*unused sessions from one month may be rolled on to the next, but not refunded. Subscriptions may be cancelled or suspended at any time.
This pricing structure is designed to make coaching as affordable as possible, but if coaching is outside your budget then start with the book, “PhD: an uncommon guide”
Any information you share is treated in the strictest of confidence. I will never share your personal details, your situation or your work with anyone.
How to book
If you have never had coaching with me before, first I need to know a little bit about you and your situation. Please fill in the form below including as much detail as you like and fee free to ask any questions about how coaching works. I’ll then get back to you with details of how to book the first session.
If you are an existing client, click here to book your next session