All posts tagged online learning

Dissertation Timelines and Patience

How long does it take to complete a dissertation? How long is this process? Why is the dissertation process so long?

Common questions asked of most colleges and universities, while many want to believe there is a standard or specific timeline that a dissertation can be completed. There are many variables that go into completing a dissertation. Consider life in terms of work, children, family, and the hiccups that come with life, this does not even count the time waiting for approvals or feedback. Most students would love to rush the process and believe everything can be done in a year, is that possible? Yes, anything is possible with time, hard work and accepting feedback.

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Surviving Dissertation Feedback

Now that you have decided to go for your doctorate degree, it is time to make the journey. Many individuals begin the doctoral journey, few finish. Why do so many not finish their doctoral journey? Why, is hard to identify because there are many reasons do not finish the doctoral journey. For some the dissertation journey is a challenge and a misunderstanding about the process. For this month’s blog, the goal is to discuss surviving dissertation feedback because for some accepting the feedback can be real challenging.

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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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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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What’s your New Year’s Resolution

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As the year of 2016 is preparing to end and as we head into the New Year of 2017, one of the tasks many people do is set their New Year’s Resolution. What is your New Year’s resolution?

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The Dissertation

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The biggest part of a doctoral program is the dissertation which is what separates it from the bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Prior to reaching the dissertation phase, there is the course work that has to be completed and until today most of my blogs have been about doing the course work. For this month, I have decided to begin discussing the dissertation process and what a dissertation is all about.

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Understanding the Dissertation Process

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Going for a doctoral degree means hard work and going after the highest degree that can be obtained, so it is something one does not enter into lightly. Things to consider is your time, dedication, stamina, willingness to work, being a survivor and much more. Keep in mind; they say about 1% – 2% that start a doctoral program actually graduate and finish, so that is why this blog attempts to share information that will assist you in making the decision that is right for you and your life.

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How to Connect With Fellow Online Students While Studying Online

Hello once again and let’s take a trip down Friendship Lane. In the days long ago before technology was in the forefront people used to call each other, stop by and visit, walk to school together hence fellowship. Now we text, text, and text some more hence technology is first and foremost. Traditional (ground) students get together to have study sessions, meet at a coffee shop, library, or someone’s home. These study sessions are all fine and dandy if your fellow classmates are a car distance away, hop on a train or meet on campus. What about the online student (new traditional) whose classmates and professors are miles, states, or continents apart? Online students need to form online communities of support, networking groups that lend themselves to being able to communicate with their fellow online students.

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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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Back to School/Get Ready-To Get Ready

This time of year the majority of school aged children are returning to school after a summer break. Their parents are purchasing uniforms, new backpacks, and much needed school supplies. The kids have to get in the right mind-set of returning to school and get ready for their first day. The same goes for adults when returning to school. Starting an online program can have an extreme learning curve if you are a “first time” online student.

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