Dr. Carter-Veale has over 15 years of experience working with doctoral candidates at MIT, Duke, Howard University, University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University, University of Michigan, Western Michigan University, Arizona State University, NC State, Boston College, University of Maryland, College Park, Cornell, the University of Maryland, Baltimore, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Maryland’s Summer Success Institute, and the Dissertation Institute..
Dr. CV brings a no-nonsense approach and straight talk to her students and graduate professional development presentations. As an professional administrator who works in the Graduate School, professor, data analyst and motivational speaker, she provides honest feedback on what it takes a achieve a PhD.
Individual one-on-one coaching
Sometimes you just need an accountability partner. A dissertation coach is not in competition with the mentor or advisor but servers as a critical member of the graduate community that serves to keep our graduate students focus and on-track toward graduation. In addition to the DH, she holds weekly office hours for graduate students who want to meet with her one-on-one. Having a dissertation coach on campus helps graduate students to get regular feedback from someone outside their department. She works with student to improve their organization and time management skills.
Coaches can help you get organized, and regularly track your progress to ensure that you stay on top of tasks. Their goal is to work in every possible way to help you write your dissertation, finish it, and get it published.
“Group Coaching” is also valuable. Through this model, once coach provides counsel to several students over the phone (via a bridge line). Everyone involved agrees to confidentiality, and the group is configured to guarantee that no one in the group will be in competition with another. The advantage of this approach is that you can accomplish more in less time, and can have the opportunity to work with students in different disciplines from all over the world. The group setting also provides built-in peer support.
A dissertation coach follows up and helps with regular accountability by working with students, to give specific feedback on writing, recommend time-management strategies, provides expertise in blending content knowledge with the workshop model. The coach assesses individual needs of graduate students and guides data discussions with students to facilitate PhD completion long after the camp is over. In sum, dissertation coaches focus on a holistic – not strictly academic – approach to finishing the degree. In person or on the phone, they can discuss the student’s project on an individual basis in absolute confidence, and also serve as a sounding board for stress relief. They can offer both emotional and academic support to help students complete important tasks, as well as provide the tools they need to achieve their goals, which enable students to accomplish more with less effort.
Clarify your goals. By identifying your goals and understanding the many different goals in your life, including your goals for your writing project, you can find your way towards best achieving them. How do your different goals complement each other? And how do they compete?
Clarify your ideas. From the planning of the project to the development of a theoretical position, clear ideas and a clear vision of what is involved in your dissertation help you progress. Even if you know your goals, it may not be clear how to achieve them.
Clarify your writing. Sometimes ideas that seem clear slip away when you try to capture them on paper. With good editorial feedback, you can see which words are working, which aren’t and you can get ideas on how to improve your work.
Get your project finished! How much time do you want to spend on that project? Don’t you have other things you want to work on, too? Coaching and editing can save your valuable time.
Individual coaching is available from Dr. Wendy Carter to help you complete your writing project. This is done largely by telephone and focuses on helping you make use of your own talents, resources, and strengths so that you are successful in the completion of your project.
Coaching conversations can take place daily, weekly, or whatever best suits your needs. Dr. CV’s fee is $150 per hour, with payment required in advance. Her time is valuable and so is yours. Individual Dissertation Coaching Services $150.00 per hour or Pre-paid Packaged deal $400.00 for 4 hours. Contact me when you are serious and ready to get started on the path to doctoral completion. We also offer Group coaching as well.
I got high marks in all of my college preparatory English classes, but hit a sticking point in my freshman year of college, when a visiting instructor told me that my writing skills were lacking. I was devastated by her negative assessment, and my confidence in my writing waned.
The following semester, I finished my freshman writing sequence at another university. Despite the fact that I wrote my essays on the bus rides to and from class, I was able to achieve straight A’s. Still, my confidence in my writing remained shaken.
If you have suffered a similar negative experience, it is important to understand that time and continued practice will heal this wound. Writing is like everything else: the more you practice, the better you get. It is important to move past any confidence issues you have by just writing and writing more. Another good way to build confidence is to share your writing with trusted confidantes who will appraise, constructively criticize and help edit your words.
While I highly recommend using a third party to edit your work, it’s important to find the right person. Your thesis/dissertation will be written for a highly intellectual community, many of whom are experts in your field. As such, the editor you choose must be practiced in an academic style of writing that will appeal to this audience.
Evaluate potential editors by having them edit a few pages of your work to get a feel for their style. It’s helpful to provide samples of journal articles in your field, and to advise the editor of your style requirements and expectations. Some editors only edit for grammar and specific MLA or APA formatting issues. Others edit for overall continuity, and will check to ensure that the paragraphs are in the proper sequential order, and whether a particular argument makes sense.
My experience tells me that when something is well written it takes an hour to read 10 pages (light editing), when it’s not well written there are a series of stops, and starts that can take the reader 2+ hours to read the same 10 pages (heavy editing).
Heavy editing is $8.00 per page, Light Editing $4.00, Formatting $2.50 per page
Graduate Professional Development Workshops
—Mastering Your Literature Review 90 Min Intensive
—Practical Steps to Completing your Master’s Thesis or Dissertation (2-hr Workshop)
—How to Move from Problem of Practice to Research Question, Methodology and Proposal
Dissertation Writing Boot-camps
The Dissertation Writing Boot-camp was developed to help students progress through the difficult writing stages of the dissertation process, towards its completion. This is a multi-day commitment to focus on the dissertation. The Dissertation Writing Retreat activities focus on places where students typically have problems: conceptualizing a topic, developing a pre-proposal, writing a literature review, writing a proposal, analyzing data, writing the last chapter, and editing.
The program is designed for doctoral students who are writing their dissertation proposals, first dissertation chapters, or who have found their writing progress stalled, or who desire expert guidance and the opportunity to join a community of dissertation writers.
By offering an environment and support for intense, focused writing time, the format can be on campus, virtual, or at a retreat venue that provides participants with the structure and motivation to overcome typical roadblocks in the dissertation process. Our goal is to assist each participant in making significant progress towards completing their project.
Hi Dr. Carter-Veale,
I hope you are doing well. I just wanted to let you know that I successfully defended my dissertation on May 8th–with NO revisions! I sent you a tweet, but I’m not sure if you saw it. I will be walking in my department’s ceremony this week. Thank you again for all of your help both of the summers I attended Dissertation House. Your advice of “a good dissertation is a done dissertation” was taped to my wall and Lenisa’s advice from last summer to “fail fast to succeed quick” really helped me to just write the chapters and let them go. I have been telling students in my program who are working on their proposals to apply for Dissertation House once they defend. Hopefully they will do it and it will be as helpful for them.
Thank you again!