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Coaching Frequently Asked Questions

What is coaching all about?

Why did you become a PhD Coach?
What is your coaching style?
But you are too far away! How can we work together?
Do you just coach PhD students?
Will you edit my thesis/dissertation/article/book?
What does dissertation coaching cost?
Do you have a set coaching program?
How does dissertation coaching Work?
Isn't it cheating to hire a PhD Coach?
How long will the coaching relationship last?
I'm in pure mathematics. Can you help me?

What disciplines have you coached?

Have you coached anyone in my part of the world?

What payment methods do you accept?
Do you just coach on "process"?
Do you do group coaching?

How can I get a coaching discount?
Why should I hire you as my PhD coach rather than someone else?
Okay, I want to sign up. What happens now?

 

Why did you become a PhD Coach?

I had a lot of trouble while I was doing my own PhD. My supervisor was a hands-off supervisor due to the pressure of work, which did not bother me until I became very sick. When that happened, however, I needed more support than could be provided. I discovered that I was not the only person with problems doing a PhD, and that there were many horror stories worse than mine. I was determined to complete the degree, and finally did, although it took a very long time. As a result, I am passionate about the problems of the current worldwide PhD degree factory system. No-one should have to go through what I went through. That is why, when I completed my PhD, I completed coaching training: so that I could coach others through the PhD process quicker and easier than is usual.


What is your coaching style?

My coaching is based around the needs of my client. I don't have a set coaching program that clients must go through, because everyone is different and their needs change from week to week. So I coach by listening to my client, asking clarifying questions, and providing tips, motivation and support.
I am currently creating a series of coaching programs for the different phases of the PhD process that will be offered in different formats. Contact me for more details.

But you are too far away! How can we work together?

One of the great things about the 21st century is that people can easily talk to other people on different continents, through cheap telephone rates, or via the internet. I live on the east coast of Australia, but have coached people on three continents. If you speak English, and have access to either a telephone or the internet, we can work together. If you'd like to see where my clients come from, I have a listing here.

Do you just coach PhD students?

I coach anyone who is doing research. If you are doing a master's degree by research, or you already have a doctorate and need some support to prepare it for publication, or you are a new academic who is overwhelmed by the whole thing, contact me. I’ve also coached people in how to study at undergraduate level.

Will you edit my thesis/dissertation/article/book?

Editorial and layout services are a separate part of my business. Signing up for coaching will not automatically mean that I will edit your work. See the Editing page for more information on my editorial services.

What does Dissertation Coaching cost?

I am aware that most research students are struggling financially. If I think we would be a good fit, i.e. that we could work well together and I have something to offer you, I am happy to negotiate fees. I generally charge between $150 and $400 per month for dissertation coaching, depending on how we set it up. My purpose is to support you, not impoverish you.

Call me or email me to set up a 30 minute free, no obligation consultation to see if coaching with me is right for you. If we decide to work together, we'll come up with a plan that suits you.

If you would like to discuss group coaching, which would keep the cost per person lower than individual coaching, please email me.

If the thought of spending more money on coaching is daunting to you, think about how much longer you'll take to complete your dissertation if you don't hire a coach, and how much money you will lose while studying longer. Then contact me.

Do you have a set coaching program?

Every person who comes to me for coaching is at a different part of the dissertation process. I coach according to the needs of the individual person, which change from week to week. I do not have a set program that I force every client into, although I have a general process for each phase of the dissertation that I can call on when necessary.

How does dissertation coaching work?

Coaching is generally conducted over the phone or by instant messenging, usually three or four times a month at the same time. Email coaching is also available. The client calls me at the specified time, and we talk about the progress since the last session, and how to move forward. At the end of each session, we confirm a workplan for the next week.

Isn't it cheating to hire a PhD Coach ?

No, it’s not cheating. All successful athletes have a coach to get them to peak performance and to challenge them to reach higher goals. It’s the same for all successful people: they are successful precisely because they set up a successful support system. A PhD coach is a big part of your dissertation support system. If you want to complete your PhD or Master’s degree as quickly and easily as possible, hire a coach.

Coaching is about you doing the work, and me doing the motivation, providing the accountability and the support you need. Your success is my priority.

How long will the coaching relationship last?

That depends on where you are in the dissertation process. Some clients come to me for the final push, some people approach me before they actually enrol in the program. In order to get the most out of the process, I do ask that clients commit a minimum of three months to coaching.

How long it takes you to complete your dissertation depends on so many factors that it is impossible to tell without talking to you.

I'm in pure mathematics. Can you help me?

Although my PhD is in Egyptology, I have extensive experience in processes, motivation and support, which is what you pay me for. Contact me to see if we can work together.

What disciplines have you coached?

I have had the privilege of coaching clients in a very diverse range of disciplines. Here's a list.

Have you coached anyone in my part of the world?

I have coached people on three continents. Sometimes it's a bit of a challenge to work out suitable times to speak to each other. If we simply can't coincide our waking/working hours, we go to email coaching. Here's a list of client locations. If telephone charges are too steep, we can use Skype, a free software program that allows you to talk to anyone in the world with an internet connection for free.

What payment methods do you accept?

If you live in Australia, I accept personal cheques, money orders or direct deposit into my bank account.
If you live in a country other than Australia, I accept payment through PayPal.
Payment is made in advance of each month’s coaching, unless we have agreed on other arrangements.

Do you just coach on “process”?

A dissertation is probably the largest single project you have ever entered, and there are many phases and processes involved in completing one. My coaching includes knowledge of the academic process, time management techniques, motivation, support, technical suggestions in the major software packages, and writing support. I am also a qualified editor, proofreader, indexer and desktop publisher with expertise in several document layout programs, and can help with the physical preparation of your dissertation if required. These services would normally be at extra cost.

Do you do group coaching?

I am happy to discuss coaching groups of dissertation students. Please contact me for details.

How can I get a coaching discount?

For each coaching client you refer who pays for three months’ coaching, you will receive one free month of coaching. The more people you refer who sign up, the more free coaching you get!

Also, if you pay for six months of coaching in advance, you will receive the seventh month for free.

Why should I hire you as my PhD coach rather than someone else?

I have gone through almost every imaginable scenario that can delay the completion of a research degree. I know first-hand what you are facing. I've been there, made all the mistakes and seen it all. I have come up with strategies that work to deal with all the things that happen when you are a research student. If you wanted to become a millionaire, wouldn’t you hire a millionaire to teach you the ropes? If you want to get a PhD or a Master’s degree, would you hire someone who had breezed through theirs, or who didn't hold one at all?

I have a coaching qualification from the premier coaching school in the world. I also hold a PhD. There are a lot of coaches out there who have either or neither. Whilst they can certainly coach you on goals and motivation, their specific knowledge of the processes of dissertation completion is likely to be lacking, and I think that knowledge is essential for a successful dissertation coach.

Okay, I want to sign up. What happens now?

Once we have agreed on the time, frequency and format of coaching (phone, email or instant messaging), I will send you a coaching contract. This contract is so that both parties are clear on what is expected. You sign the contract and return it to me, then I will send you an invoice. Once the first month has been paid, we start the coaching calls, and you are on your way to achieving your goals! Email me now!

 

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