The United Dissertation

How tea is made – the whole process!

My own dissertation process was incredibly painful and lengthy to an extreme. I spent years in “dissertation recovery”. I wouldn’t want anyone to have go through what I did.

You can use this project — which happens to get you a Ph.D.  — to learn about your own effective work habits, what works for you, what doesn’t, how to use your time, how to deal with a complicated morass of information to create a convincing and elegant story to share.

So in addition to my practice as a neuropsychologist, I started creating what I call UnDissertation groups — so others could have a healthier alternative (and avoid all that recovery ;-).

What if the whole process weren’t like this?

What if writing a dissertation were really the learning project it was intended to be?

So, you’re almost there. The doctorate. The Ph.D. But you have to write the Dissertation.

Many of the ABD students I have talked with over the years express the same doubts and concerns and feelings about the whole process of writing a dissertation. Perhaps some of their concerns sound familiar to you?:

You can be one of those people who emerge feeling proud of your contribution and satisfied with your performance and ready to tackle the next exciting challenge! You can look back at your dissertation work as a time well-spent…in a wealth of ways.

To learn more about what UnDissertation groups are about and why I’ve structured them the way I have, use the Contact Form to receive a paper on Motivating Yourself to Get the Dissertation Done! (To prove I understand your concerns: it’s free, it’s short, and it’s minimally academic to read 😉

Too many students get mired down by these kinds of concerns. Here you are, at the pinnacle of your academic career, at the cusp of finishing …. and you feel stuck and frustrated or increasingly hopeless that it will ever really be done.

And that means jettisoning the typical “Dissertation” mindset and discovering a new “UnDissertation” mindset:

You can also use this project to learn about yourself, to learn about how your brain works (literally – remember, I’m a brain-based coach!) to help you get wherever you want to go, including, but not limited to, the completion of a dissertation.

What if by using the dissertation project as a learning tool:

What if you had strategies and support to practice these new ways of being and thinking and feeling and doing?

 

And maybe you have a job waiting for you – except you have to finish the degree first. Or you’re running out of time and having to think about asking for an extension. Or maybe you’re just starting the dissertation process, but feeling lost and uncertain about whether you can do this.

Why “unDissertation”? Because I don’t want to provide the usual “dissertation support”. I don’t just want you to complete this one huge mega-project and then think it’s over. In fact, I don’t really want you to  “write a dissertation”.

I do want you to feel engaged with what you are doing — whatever it is.

About our Un-Dissertation site: Creating new brain habits to get the dissertation done

What if the whole process weren’t like this?

What if writing a dissertation were really the learning project it was intended to be?

My own dissertation process was incredibly painful and lengthy to an extreme. I spent years in “dissertation recovery”. I wouldn’t want anyone to have go through what I did.

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