THESIS REVIEW & FEEDBACK
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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 thesis 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 thesis journey, the picture is still unclear. And for many people, there is no one to call on to tell you when that picture is complete.
One of my goals in establishing Career Projections was to offer up myself as that person waiting at the finish line for you, the person 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 (including your Conclusion chapter - and we must not forget that!).
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 thesis or just starting off, get in touch for the all-important 'Pre-NCT', as it has become affectionately known. Don't go it alone! And don't waste time meandering down paths that take you from that all important goal of finishing your thesis!
I offer 60 minutes over the phone with you to discuss any questions you have about your thesis. Contact me through the email or phone number on the website to book a slot. The cost is €60. I can offer a more detailed review of your thesis if you wish, especially at PhD level, but generally most issues are sorted out in the hour, with future sessions available for further clarification or if you have more chapters completed which you want evaluated.
The service can be useful if you wish to forgo the usual proofreading/editing/formatting service and just want to get feedback and guidance. Some 'things' we might discuss on the phone:
Is your introduction adequately introducing your thesis? Background to research and thesis layout are key!
Tone inconsistency between chapters. Do they read like disjointed parts? Is there a flow? What about repetition and filler sentences/paragraphs?
Your literature review chapter. How concise is it? Is it working with your discussion chapter? Are you critically engaging with it? Have you done a systematic Lit review, and if so, have you critically engaged with the various studies.
Is your methodology chapter used correctly? Indeed, have you shown your rationale for it at all?
Discussion and findings chapters and the bridge between the two, or lack thereof!
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!
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? Is plagiarism and lack of concise referencing being highlighted by your supervisor?
Ultimately, are you being concise and to the point?