Today is the start of the UNT Learning Technologies (#untLT) Doctoral Fall Writing Boot Camp (October 17-18, 2014). This program has been developed by our department to support our doctoral researchers in their dissertation progress. Currently a number of doctoral researchers are writing and working in the LT Agora with snacks, support, and relevant available resources.
I am looking forward to joining the “Doctoral Campaign Strategy Meeting” tonight on a panel this evening with our faculty, including Drs. Cox, Ennis-Cole, Knezek, Tyler-Wood, and J. Wircenski. (Drs. Allen and Warren will participate remotely if they are able). This Q & A session will provide some advice and give some ideas for not only how to “survive” but also thrive in doctoral research regardless of the phase.
This presentation is a remix of @drjeffallen ‘s wisdom/advice
I like to use the phrase thrive not survive, to for the doctoral process. There are a number a number of supportive strategies and ideas to get to the PhD finish line, including:
- Making a habit of WRITING & scheduling only #ShutUpAndWrite session
- Social, emotional & mental support
- Identifying champions in your department, on campus & in your discipline
- Outlining the major professor-advisee working relationship – needs & expectations
- Using the advice of your committee wisely
- Organizing your research materials & literature review effectively
- Mapping out your data collection process
- Attending to your personal-wellness & well-being
- Connecting to a cohort of scholars in your personal learning network
- Giving up something, to get something to finish your dissertation
- Understanding how you work best
- Consulting & using the resources available
- Focusing your efforts wisely
Want to learn more? I will be sure to post notes and advice from our panel of professors and doctoral researchers who attend. What is YOUR advice on how to THRIVE in a doctoral program and through the dissertation process? Please share!
From left to right: Drs. Cox, Ennis-Cole, Knezek, Pasquini, Tyler-Wood, and Wircenski.