Coaching-level support allows for deeper engagement with your consultant, and is appropriate when you know that you would like—or need—more extensive training, support, and guidance. Coaching contracts are based on a minimum of 15 hours of consulting time per month, and a minimum 3-month contract. This level of support typically begins with a formal needs assessment that includes work on your part in developing a personal / professional mission, vision, values, and goals statements. As is the case with all of our consulting services, the focus is on building your knowledge and skills across all core competency domains (as needed) surrounding the key document and scholarly activities you’re working on related to your doctoral journey (e.g., problem definition, literature review, research design, dissertation proposal, data analysis / interpretation, report writing, etc.).
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Coaching Level Support
Support at this level offers not only the opportunity for more frequent engagement with your consultant (e.g., phone conferences every other week) but also more extensive focused training spanning a wider range doctoral-level core competency domains, leading to quicker-turn-around time for significant revisions that incorporate new knowledge and skills. This has the potential to both speed-up the revisions-review-feedback-training / coaching-revisions cycle, but also to reduce the number of iterations required to approval and completion due to greater learning and acquisition of new skills with each revision. While this level of support is closer to that which you ideally should be receiving from your Committee Chair, coaching at this level goes beyond that which many faculty are able–or supported–to provide in actual “training,” especially that which could be considered (gasp!) “remedial.”
Coaching is also appropriate for those students who need more extensive support in strengthening their writing skills, a competency domain that cuts across critical thinking, and often requires stronger training interventions needed to overcome long-held writing (and thinking) habits. While we do provide examples of “action editing” (see below under “Editing Services”) as part of our thesis and dissertation Editing Services, without formal training and coaching it’s often difficult for students to build new, more advanced (or going back to the basics) expository and scholarly writing skills and habits.
If you’re seeking someone who can serve as a mentor for your development as a scientist / scholar-practitioner–or writer and author–and you’re not receiving this level of support from your dissertation or thesis committee chair, our Dissertation Coaches can take you deeper and further into the world of the 21st Century scholar-practitioner in every aspect of your doctoral journey.