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I am often asked to define a thesis outside of the parameters of its research question and, of course, its aim. 'It's a jigsaw!', I would say, often times rushing after the person in good humoured Columbo fashion, to which I might add "just one more thing" - 'It's a jigsaw without a picture to guide us!' Now that’s more like it. Those of us who finish our Phds can look back and say, 'well of course there was a picture', neglecting the age old prophetical of hindsight. However, for many people at the end of their PhD journey, the picture is still unclear. And for many people, there is no one there to say, 'that's it'.
One of my goals in establishing Career Projections was to offer up myself as that person waiting at the finish line for you, the man with the picture so to speak. The jigsaw is of course an appropriate analogy, for I am not tasked to evaluate you on how good the picture is, but rather on how good it fits together. Thus, it doesn’t matter if it's social science or hard science, business or medicine, or indeed education or psychotherapy, what matters is that the pieces of your thesis hold together well. I am here to help your lit review flow correctly, to remind you that your methodology plays its role and that your findings and discussion chapters must form a synergy with the literature you have just reviewed. Chief of all, of course, are the research aims and objectives, bound up in your research question, and whether it too plays its role in linking together the various pieces of your thesis.
Systematic Lit Review, qualitative and quantitative studies, conducted either through reviews of secondary research or from your own primary research, or perhaps a mix of the two methods. Perhaps a case study or two, or maybe even a more personal auto-ethnographic study. There are so many ways a thesis can come together, with many uses afterwards. Perhaps it is a stepping-stone toward a career in academia, or perhaps it is a stepping-stone toward improved learnings within your own career. No matter what your goal is, I am here to help.
If you're nearing the end of your PhD or have a copy that is ready to be send for submission, get in touch for the all-important 'Pre-NCT', as it has become affectionately known. Don't go it alone!
First things first though, let's have a chat and see how the jigsaw is coming along...
Detailed report you can take to your viva.
Sample of editing to show you common problems; helpful in clarifying your own arguments and threads.
A 'map' of your themes/arguments and how they thread through your thesis; especially important for seeing how your research question and aims and objectives are interwoven throughout the thesis, and, indeed, if they are at all!
Tone consistency between chapters checked.
Detailed feedback on discussion and findings chapters and the bridge between the two, or lack thereof!
Feedback on your literature review chapter. How concise is it? Is it working with your discussion chapter? Are you critically engaging with it?
Is your methodology chapter used correctly? Indeed, have you shown your rationale for it at all?
How are your references in terms of style, and in terms of usage? Are they backing up what you are saying or are they used as placeholders for effect?
What about repetition and filler sentences/paragraphs?
Ultimately, are you being concise and to the point?
If you feel your PhD requires a bit more work, why not book in for a proofread and edit here