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☑ How to plan your degree and successfully manage important deadlines
☑ Regular status updates that improve your relationship with your supervisor
☑ An ownership mindset that will get you through tough times without shifting blame
☑ Discussion papers that capture academic progress and useful content for your final report
☑ The importance of writing early so you think with the end in mind
☑ Introduction to writing practices like complexity last and old before new
☑ A finishing mindset that avoids over-analysis and prevents unnecessary delays
☑ Long-term thinking when doing your proposal that sets you up for success
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"Just the push I needed" - Calistus, "extremely instructive, very clear and concise" - Jeanette
"It was very informative and inspired me. I have recommended it to my friend and will recommend to more in the future" - Percy
This course will teach you how to take control of your academic life, get motivated, get organised and get your degree finished. At any stage of your research-based study you can apply these methods to gain the confidence you need to be a successful student in your field. Postgraduate research can be tough going, especially when you need to be self-disciplined about deadlines to make consistent progress. I'll explain key concepts and share lessons from my own journey of doing a part time PhD over four years.
You can immediately apply these techniques to enhance your relationship with your supervisor and improve your confidence and motivation. Each technique builds on the previous one to transform your outlook about your degree. Whatever your field, level or progress, this course will be useful for you; the new skills you learn will undoubtedly help you finish your degree.
Each lesson unpacks a technique that will help you to finish your degree and transform your academic performance:
The weekly status update will drive consistent delivery and help manage your relationship with your supervisor
Use Lean Kanban thinking to discipline yourself about making progress and committing to next steps
Well timed and well written discussion papers mark your academic progress and will be useful content for your final report
The importance and benefits of a well written proposal and how it positions you for success in your degree
How to balance quality and progress between different phases of your study
Approach your study like a project and understand the phases of proposal, field work, analysis and writing up
How to develop the right mindset that benefits you by taking ownership of your degree
Planning techniques, how I used them in my own degree and how you can use them to get through important deadlines
Completing this course will provide useful and practical tips and techniques to help you finish your degree. Just changing a few things in your study can have a significant impact on your overall performance, I'll show you how.
Get A Grip: Its Your Degree
Own Your Degree And Plan It
My Six Month Final Report Plan
Be More Effective With An Awesome Proposal
A Well Written Proposal Sets You Up For Success
Achieve Discipline With The Weekly Supervisor Update
How The Weekly Update Works
Inch By Inch To Success
Mark Key Milestones With Discussion Papers
Demonstrate & Capture Academic Progress (See Resources For My Discussion Papers)
Write Early, Write Often, Write Well
Write With Your Reader In Mind
Perfection Is The Enemy Of Greatness
Be A Finisher
It is definitely a good course, but probably it might be less relatable to UG and PG Indian students since their university culture is different from what is being taught in this course . It might definitely help PHD students though.
Thank you so much. The course is invaluable. It is exactly what I need now as I am pushing to hand in my thesis.
I am just starting on data analysis for my Masters research. This course definitely helped me to see some of the steps i need to take to get on track. I would like more information on the use of discussion papers to mark key milestones. Specifically, I would greatly appreciate some examples of discussion papers that Dr Alkema has developed.
This is a very practical course for any part-time postgrad student who is grappling with the challenges of sustaining momentum and gettings things done. Short, sweet and very useful. Thanks, Peter!
This was a good match and it served the purpose of reminding me of the important details that are necessary in order for me to complete my degree.
It was very informative and inspired me to send my supervisor a breakdown of my project schedule. I have recommended it to my friend and will recommend to more in the future. Great course.
It was a perfect match !! I love the fact that you bring the issue of the mindset because I learned of the weekly status report from you towards the end of my studies and applied some aspects of the approach. I have tried to introduce the tool to my students without much success. I am still thinking of the best way to the next batch of my students to see the Gold in the approach. I think your approach was magnificent kindly consider publishing as book those weekly status report as I believe bot students and supervisor can find unique value that is different from our existing research methodology books. May you kindly share a copy of one of your weekly status and a copy of one of your discussion papers as it is a new concept that I would like to understand it better.
It was a perfect match for me. I am at a place where I am inconsistent in my delivery and work output. The course has given me a plan to work with and how to maintain a consistent pattern of output. Its detailed and concise. Grateful
This course was very helpful in showing me how to set realistic goals for my writing and communication with my supervisors. Now I am aware of the importance of consistently working on my research and in making sure that the work is of good quality.
Very much so. Some aspects were what I have been doing, but the greatest is the six months plan visible on one page. As a strategists, I live on having a plan on one page. Putting writing upfront allows time for interactions and corrections. Planning for recharge is also another important lesson I picked from this section.
I am glad that I come across this course early on in my writing process. I will be able to plan the rest of my dissertation in a much better fashion. I would highly recommend it for anyone who is undertaking their post graduate studies regardless of their progress