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Which Doctorate is Right for you?

Congratulations on your graduation with you Master’s degree!!

It is that time of year when graduations from high school and college take place! Everyone is looking at what is next!

  • Do I find a job and go to work?
  • Do I go to college?
  • Do I continue my education?
  • What should I do?

Decisions! Decisions! Decisions!!

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Dissertation Committee – Words of Wisdom

In a doctoral dissertation, you as the dissertation candidate will have a dissertation chair and two committee members that will be assisting you through the dissertation process. Now for some schools, it is possible for there to be a requirement for more committee members, typically three is the standard number. Selection of this committee is very important and pick each member wisely.

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Dissertation Challenges

Greetings, this month the topic is dissertation challenges!

When you decide to work on a doctorate degree, many people believe the process is similar to a Master’s program or thesis. A doctorate degree is the highest level of education, the process is far from simple, fast or similar. The early part of a doctoral program will contain the typical course work, the dissertation is where the challenges of a doctoral program begin. These are the challenges that no one wants to tell you about and that after the dissertation is complete, the pain fades away.

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Academic Writing

Writing, writing and more writing is what will take place in a doctoral program! The fact is that it is not just writing for everyday use, Academic Writing is the expectation for a doctoral program. The challenge then becomes what is academic writing? Even professors cannot agree on what academic writing is and is not. Personally, I have had a professor tell me that in academic writing adjectives and descriptive words are not used, which can be confusing to the writer. There are some basic guidelines for academic writing and in this month’s blog would like to address a few tips for academic writing.

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Setting Realistic Goals

As I explore my doctoral goals, one of the things I see among my classmates is unrealistic goals in terms of completing the dissertation process. One thing to keep in mind, a doctorate degree is the highest level in the education journey, so it is not a sprint.

“Life is a marathon, not a sprint……..So don’t rush things! Because anything worth having is worth waiting for” Author Unknown

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Reflections!

This time last year 3/15/14, I walked across the stage in Nashville, was hooded, and became Dr. Ila R. Allen. It was a long time coming for I thought the end would never be in sight and have my freedom back after six years to make it across that finish line. I look back at all of the classes, papers, money, and time that it took to get to where I am now. I know some of you have been on the journey for a short amount of time and some well…. might be ready to throw in the towel, I knew that feeling too. There are so many reasons that we decide to pursue a doctorate degree from personal to career advancement but we are not prepared as we thought we were, reflections.

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How to Get Exposure

Greetings and Salutations!  Winter has settled in for a few more bumps especially in the Midwest and East Coast part of the country. Just as snow keeps coming back to Boston so does the re-writes and challenges of the dissertation process.  As one goes through an online program you begin to see the differences between your program and the “traditional” program.  Being an online student I believe that there is no exposure in terms of academic colleagues (unless online), meet-ups, conferences, etc.  I am a firm believer of joining professional organizations in order to engage with those who have the same research interest or methodology.

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Let’s Make it Easier-There’s an App for That!

Let’s Make it Easier-There’s an App for That!

As we all know technology is part of our lifestyle in some form, shape, or fashion. With being a student, technology is most helpful provided you allow it to be. Since I am user of technology for the most part, I still had to make adjustments during my doctoral studies. When I started my program in 2008, I was unaware of the tools/apps there were available to make my life easier. There were the usual Endnotes (free from my school), Zotero, and RefWorks (all web-based) that was used for bibliographies and article tracking. At that particular time that was ok but as I advanced in the program those really didn’t work for me or I was just stuck in my “own way” of doing things.

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Dissertation Writing Pt. 2

This post is a continuation of the discussion on dissertation writing. In this post I will go over the tools and resources that I used to get started. Let’s open with pre-writing, which I deem to be getting the thoughts, ideas, and concepts on paper. There are a few methods; some better than others, left to one’s personal preference.

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