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Dear Students,

You are invited to participate in the ON-LINE DISSERTATION HOUSE!

When you participate in the PROMISE On-Line Dissertation House you are joining other graduate students from across the globe who are also participating in Dr. Carter’s TADA! Thesis and Dissertation Accomplished On-line Challenges. The blog lets your peers know what progress you are making and what areas you are struggling with.  They might have some suggestions for some of your concerns and or questions.  When Dissertation House has concluded,  you can always keep in touch by posting to the blog.

Many graduate students use the TA-DA! Summer, Winter or Spring Break Challenges to take a step toward getting one thing accomplished and setting a schedule to get that one thing done. They get that one thing done and are then able to enjoy their breaks without the sense of guilt looming in the background. While some challenges are as short as one week, others last the full 21 days.

To participate,  start by posting answers to these questions:

  • What will you work on?
  • How much time will you spend daily working on it?
  • Tell us how much progress you are making, or problems you are having.
  • At the end of everyday plan what you want to accomplish the following day

Here are some helpful tips:

  • Breakdown your tasks into bite-size manageable chunks and make a list and post that list in a public space.
  • Make a daily commitment to work on your thesis or dissertation. Set aside a reasonable amount of time each day to work on your thesis or dissertation. You can get a lot done in 15 minutes a day.
  • Work within your limitations . . . if you are a morning person by all means make yourself some coffee and spend 15 minutes with your dissertation before everyone else rises . . . if you are a night owl . . . turn the TV off 15 minutes earlier and write for 15 minutes.
  • Celebrate small victories when you accomplish your tasks for the day. Spend the rest of the day guilt-free enjoying your  break knowing that you have done something (no matter how small) on your dissertation.
  • Whatever you do, don’t spend the week constantly worrying and saying to yourself ‘I really should be working’. Above all, enjoy your break.

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Dr. Carter