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Finish Your Dissertation Once and for All!: How to Overcome Psychological Barriers, Get Results, and Move on with Your Life
Combining psychological support with a project management approach that breaks tasks into small, manageable chunks, experienced dissertation coach Alison Miller shows you how to overcome negativity and succeed in completing your dissertation beyond your own expectations.
Paperback, 181 pages
Published January 1st 2009 by American Psychological Association (APA)
(first published December 15th 2008)
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One-sentence synopsis: "I'm good enough, I'm smart enough, and doggone it, I'm going to finish this dissertation!" Yes, all I kept thinking about whilst skimming this were Stuart Smalley's daily affirmations. From the title I was hoping for something directed at people who are already in the midst of working on their dissertations—more concrete ideas about speeding up the process. Essentially I'm already doing everything suggested in this book. So while it was an affirmation (ha) that I'm on the ...more
Does this book give you practical advice on writing a dissertation? To some extent it does. There are some exercises, some lists, some hints and tips on how to do things. I would advise reading chapters 2-5 (overcoming negative feelings and procrastination, structuring your work, planning your work), but chapters 1 (general intro) and 6-8 (on working with your supervisor, handling feedback, taking care of yourself) are in my opinion rather common sense. That makes about half the book being a bit ...more
This book really helped me identify the negative behaviors, thoughts and feelings I was having towards starting to write. Even though I'm a psychologist, I was ironically having difficulty with the psychology of writing my dissertation! I was using all kinds of excuses but this book helped uncover the deeper fears and move past them. I'm only a couple weeks into my timeline and action plan but for once I'm moving forward with clear small manageable tasks that have me seeing the light at the end ...more
Let's call this one a 3.5 because I'm vacillating between a 3 and 4. There are some great words of advice and useful tips. However, I found the book highly repetitive, which forced me to skim a great deal. Perhaps this is a deliberate device to hammer home the points? Also, I'm not fond of exercises or worksheets, but that's just me. I will certainly use this book for motivation again as I continue my dissertation.
Pretty good, I initially thought this book was going to be filled with vagaries and non-concrete elements of advice, but was pleasantly surprised. This book (like most of the others I've found) are geared toward students that are not in a STEM field, although much of the soft-advice still applies.
I am not new to the things mentioned in this book. I did meditation, I heard about the unhelpful thinking patterns, she describes. I heard about other people doing the kinds of plans she mentions. I even try to work with them myself. It certainly takes time to build up the habit and I may not be that far yet. However, I thoroughly enjoyed the way Allison Miller describes all these things that I am familiar with - however, not familiar enough to not have learned a great deal from the book. Now I ...more