Articles

The Completion Agenda, Part 1
David D. Perlmutter, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Graduate students should remember that the dissertation is the beginning of their research, not the endpoint.

The Completion Agenda, Part 2: The Best Defense
David D. Perlmutter, The Chronicle of Higher Education
It probably won’t be harrowing, but you need to be prepared in case it is.

The Completion Agenda, Part 3: Revising Your Dissertation
David D. Perlmutter, The Chronicle of Higher Education
You’ve successfully defended, but you’re not done yet! “Globally and historically, I believe no doctoral committee in academic history has ever addressed the candidate, ‘Hail the new Mozart! It’s perfect and flawless. Don’t change a thing!'”

The No-Fail Secret to Writing a Dissertation
Theresa MacPhail, Chronicle Vitae
As a former journalist, assistant professor, and seasoned dissertation-writing-workshop coach at New York University, I can promise you there is only one fail-safe method, one secret, one guaranteed trick that you need in order to finish your dissertation: Write.

From Predator to Pet: Three Techniques for Taming Your Writing Project
Joli Jensen, Chronicle Vitae
The key to productive writing is steady engagement with a project you find rewarding. But academic writing projects don’t always feel rewarding—in fact, they often feel like predators lurking in the jungle, ready to attack. Who wants to engage with them?

Why Writers Are the Worst Procrastinators in the World  
Megan McArdle, The Atlantic
Like most writers, I am an inveterate procrastinator. In the course of writing this one article, I have checked my e-mail approximately 3,000 times, made and discarded multiple grocery lists, …

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