Whether you’re at an early stage or making the final push for completion, if you’re in any way worried about the outcome of your PhD…
- If you just can’t focus and procrastinate all the time…
- Or if you find you’re writing draft after draft but never seem able to finish…
- If you struggle to cope with the literature…
- Or if you’re coming back to the thesis after a long time off and can’t get back into it…
- If you aren’t getting support from your supervisor…
- Or if you don’t know where to start or if you feel overwhelmed by trying to do a million things at once…
- If you think you might fail, or not have enough time, or that the work won’t be good enough…
If any of these sound familiar, I might be able to help.
What is thesis coaching?
Thesis coaching provides you with personalised advice tailored to your specific situation to help you cope with the demands of a PhD.
I work with students all over the world via Skype, in all fields of study.
How does it work?
Because every student is different, the process varies from one person to another.
The first step is always to get to know you and your project, to listen to the problems and worries you face before discussing solutions.
Then the aim is always for you to finish the session with a clear idea of what to do next. The following session, we talk about what you’ve achieved and anything that’s happened to affect your progress, and we can adapt your approach accordingly.
We go deeper than just setting targets… I will help you develop tactics to cope with the unexpected, help you understand the factors that affect your productivity, help you develop the right mindset to succeed, and help you create the right environment and habits to get the work done.
Coaching aims to…
- Cut through the confusion and help you decide what to focus on
- Listen, offer support and give you the confidence that it can be done
- Overcome mental blocks to progress
- Help you set clear targets and strategies
- Help you deal with the politics of working with difficult supervisors
- Help you organise your time and work with the materials you have
- Help you prepare and practice presentations
- Give feedback on writing style and structure
If you need advice on writing style or structure, I take a sample of your writing to see how you naturally approach it. I use examples from your own writing to show you how to improve your own writing.
We can also discuss how your argument is structured, which is often useful if you have a lot of ideas but don’t know how to put them together.
Having read your work, I give live feedback during calls, rather than written comments on the text, so that we can have a two-way discussion about the work.
I can only give feedback on writing if you are writing in English. I don’t write anything on your behalf. The idea is to help you do it yourself.
I also don’t do proofreading, but can highly recommend www.intraduccion.com if you need proofreading or editing services.
How often do we speak?
In any coaching process, frequency of contact is crucial, especially when we first start working together.
Usually we start with an initial four-week period, speaking for 1 hour once per week. It is during this period that I get to know you and your project, and it is the time when we identify the key issues to work on (which may not be obvious at first).
At the end of this initial period, we decide on the frequency of ongoing sessions, either continuing with one 50-minute call per week, decreasing the frequency to once every two weeks, or decreasing the duration of the calls to 30 minutes. Once you are on track, often there is no need to speak for longer as calls become more about keeping you on track rather than crisis management.
For long term-clients, the frequency and duration of calls can vary considerably as circumstances change, so there is a lot of flexibility in the system.
I reserve one hour per day (Mon-Fri) for answering client emails. This is the most efficient way of handling emails from multiple clients as well as scheduled calls, so you can expect a prompt reply if you have any questions between calls.
Though I am based in Europe, I have worked with clients all over the world spanning timezones from California to New Zealand.
If you are in the Americas, I usually conduct calls in the late afternoon (European time) which will be in the morning for you. If you are to the east (Asia, Australia, New Zealand), I conduct calls in the morning (Europe), which will be afternoon or evening for you.
I don’t do calls at weekends.
How much does it cost?
The cost is £100 per hour.
How to apply
Please complete the form below, giving as much detail as you can. There are many questions, because the more I know about you the easier it is to help!
Completing the form does not commit you to anything, and feel free to ask any questions.
I will reply as soon as possible with details of my schedule and availability.
I cannot guarantee that you will complete your PhD successfully with coaching. I can give you advice and guidance, but cannot be held liable for your success. It works for some people, that’s all I can promise. There are no miracle cures, but if the free advice on this site has worked for you, then there’s a good chance coaching will work for you too.
Fill in the form below, and I’ll get back to you with details of my schedule and what to do next. Filling in the form doesn’t commit you to anything, so feel free to ask any questions you like.