Research Method

One of the first things you should consider when developing your study is what method you’ll go with: qualitative, quantitative, or mixed methods. In order to choose the method most appropriate method for your study there are a few questions you should ask yourself. What type of data are available to me? The first thing…

Defining Your Research Scope

A common struggle for graduate and post-graduate researchers is defining the scope of their investigations.  Armed with tons of new knowledge and research on a topic of interest, choosing a research focus can make you feel like a kid in a candy shop.  Especially if you have a deep, personal interest in your topic (which…

Dealing with criticism

Dealing with criticism is a part of life.  Whether you’re a child who’s parents are criticizing your clothing choices or an adult who’s being grilled by your boss in an annual employee review, criticism is an unavoidable experience for most people — especially those who strive for growth and achievement.  The way people perceive and…

Why Theoretical Frameworks Matter

A Theoretical…what? If the words “theoretical framework” leave you dreaming of better times – times before you leapt into what can sometimes feel like an abysmal dissertation journey, you’re not alone.  Theoretical frameworks trip many people up, largely because they’re misunderstood.  For many students, theoretical frameworks are like gadgets on late night infomercials you somehow…

The 85/15 rule

One thing that trips up a lot of students up is the 85/15 rule.  Basically, this means that 85% of the studies you cite in your paper must have been published within five years of the year you anticipate to graduate.  For example, if you intend to graduate in 2016, at least 85% of your…

WHAT!?! More revisions???

The number of revisions that committee and board members can demand never ceases to amaze me.  You’d think that by now, I’d come to fully expect the completely unnecessary, incoherent requests for changes (like being told to change something, then told to reverse the changes, and then being asked why you changed them back).  And…