The first year of my Masters program I had to take microeconomics. I had actively avoided taking microeconomics all throughout my undergraduate career. Now I had to take it. Boy, was I scared! On the first test I got a 59. This was the lowest score out of two class sections! After speaking with the professor, I began to go to study sessions... read more
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While assisting students in developing effective study skils, I have found developing those skills is a three-phase process. The first phase, and arguably the most important, is identifying the bad study habits students have developed over the years. These habits, I have found, can include studying at inopportune times, using the same methods to study for different... read more
Developing Effective Study Habits Recently, my schedule has gone from intermittently busy to consistently busy. This has led me to make a fundamental shift in how I manage my time. It also got me thinking about my next blog post – time management. I went exploring on the Internet and hit pay dirt. What follows is an outline of what I found. Regarding time management for students,... read more
Literature Review, Pt. 3 Writing the Literature Review Writing the thesis or dissertation literature review can be a daunting task. Many candidates cannot define a literature review let alone conceive of actually writing one. Knopf (2006) states: “A literature review summarizes and evaluates a body of writing on a specific topic.” (page 127) There are numerous books, blogs,... read more
It has been a while since I last posted anything related to the dissertation process. For that, I apologize. Let’s chalk it up to being extremely busy! However, I have carved out the time to write this post. So, let’s get back to the dissertation process… Taking notes effectively has two main aspects: what (the specific information) you take notes on and how you physically record those notes... read more
Four Tips for Better Writing No matter how well one writes, one can always improve one’s... read more
The GMAT: A Study in Complexity The GMAT offers a different experience for standardized test takers. Rather than simple data computation, interpretation, comparison, and analysis, the GMAT adds data sufficiency questions that can confuse even the most seasoned standardized test taker. Data sufficiency problems have three parts. First, they propose a question. Second, they offer two separate... read more
Dissertation Support Groups (DSGs) are, perhaps, one of the most powerful resources available to candidates. Carefully constructed groups can provide much needed support as candidates navigate the challenges to dissertation completion. Along with providing a connection to others attempting to achieve the same feat, it provides a place to share the joys and frustrations of the writing process,... read more
The backbone of a successful dissertation is the literature review. This review provides the building blocks for the rest of the dissertation. The literature review consists of three phases: information gathering, note taking, and the actual document review. The first two phases—information gathering and note taking—are the subject of this blog. I tackle these two phases together because they... read more
Now that you have answered some basic questions about your search topic, methodology, and literature review type, you can now start your literature search. Going back to the dartboard analogy, you begin at the outermost target ring. This, for me, was a broad Internet search using different search engines (Google, Yahoo, and Dogpile). As a result of this initial search, I found millions of books,... read more
When faced with paying $40 or $50 per hour for a tutoring session, parents and students often ask, “Why so much?” Until recently I did not know how to adequately respond to this question. It was not until I had a rare student-free day that the answer came to me. I spent the entire 12-hour day developing and adjusting study plans; researching resources for my students; learning new tools and... read more
The simplest answer is as follows: Each parent has 46 chromosomes found in the nucleus of all their cells. Genes are located on these chromosomes. During normal cell division the chromosomes (and therefore the genes) are copied. But the cell division that takes place in the ovaries...
what is 20% of 10 (answer)
To solve this problem you set up a ratio. We read the question as: "what is 20 percent of 10?" The ratio looks like the following: ...
One of the more difficult aspects of master thesis and doctoral dissertation study development is deciding what type of study to pursue. This brief blog defines the three basic types of study, the data common to those types and the methodology associated with them. The first type of study is a qualitative study. It is direct observation designed to answer broad questions about a social... read more
A few months back WyzAnt asked its tutors about their favorite quote about education. While there are quite a few quotes I like, until recently, my favorite was a WB Yeats quote but now, I lean toward a quote by Phil Collins—Yes! Phil Collins! In one interview he said, “ in learning you will teach and in teaching you will learn.” I have always felt teaching and learning were reciprocal processes... read more
Congratulations to Sean for doing so well on the GRE! I knew you could do it! Good Luck on getting into the school of your choice! I was an absolute pleasure working with you and I know you will do well in anything you do in the future!
When deciding the next topic for my blog, I identified and disposed of numerous topics. I simply could not identify a topic on which I wanted to write. Finally, based upon an increasing number of dissertation coaching requests and a desire to inform doctoral candidates, I settled on the dissertation process. Having determined the topic, I then had to think of a title for the blog post. After... read more
If I could go back in time and give my younger self academic and professional advice, I would tell her to focus on the trees. This means spending the requisite time identifying and mastering the basics before going on to work at the forest (more advanced) level. I always did fairly well in everything I tried but that success was achieved with significant stress and angst because I was so... read more
Around this time students are preparing to take the GRE. The thought of the GRE makes many students break out in hives as they consider what the GRE means to their futures. But the GRE is not as intimidating as it seems. The new GRE is composed of three primary sections: Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytic Writing. The verbal reasoning section tests your vocabulary, mainly... read more
I have had to privilege of helping several doctoral level students with their dissertations. I just found out that Marcy's dissertation was accepted and she has now graduated! CONGRATULATIONS Marcy! The hard work paid off!