The Fast Dissertation: Tips to Finish Your Doctoral (PhD) Dissertation without Stress and Anxiety

Duncan Koerber, University Professor

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55 Videos (2h 4m)
    • Course and Instructor Overview

      1:28
    • Introduction to the Course

      2:02
    • What is Expected of You

      2:05
    • Topic Selection

      2:00
    • Begin with Databases

      2:00
    • Consider your Interests

      2:35
    • Find and Join a Conversation

      2:15
    • Find your Contribution

      2:05
    • Narrow it Down

      2:28
    • Find a Preliminary Thesis

      2:09
    • Don't Worry about the Competition

      2:00
    • Find the Holes

      2:12
    • Literature Reviews

      2:00
    • Have an Opinion, Eventually

      2:10
    • The Abstract is Your Friend

      2:09
    • I just need One More Book

      2:13
    • Choose the Right Notetaking Method

      2:39
    • Use Bibliographic Software from the Start

      2:45
    • The Trouble with Keywords in Searches

      2:04
    • Mine those Bibliographies

      2:17
    • Be a Book Miser

      2:01
    • Bringing it all Together

      2:06
    • Research Collection and Methodology

      2:19
    • Careful Design Matters

      2:12
    • Vital Software

      2:43
    • Choosing a Suitable Method

      2:06
    • The Right Methodological Fit

      2:19
    • Explaining the Method

      2:20
    • Explaining the Why

      2:08
    • The Size of the Sample Matters

      2:45
    • Writing about Methods and Data

      2:26
    • Useful Graphics

      2:12
    • What Help can You Get to Make Life Easier

      2:07
    • Statisticians and Study Groups

      2:06
    • Literature Review Assistance

      2:01
    • Coaching

      2:04
    • Writing and Citation Assistance

      2:07
    • Working with the Dissertation Chair

      2:06
    • Expertise is Vital

      2:21
    • No Retirees Please

      2:14
    • Chairs with History

      2:03
    • Complementary Interests and Methods

      2:15
    • Stay in Control

      2:20
    • Time Management

      2:05
    • Do Enough but not Too Much

      2:40
    • Avoid Distractions

      2:04
    • Time-consuming Methods

      2:02
    • Scheduling Concerns

      2:23
    • A Procrastination Solution

      2:12
    • Writing Tips to get Done Faster

      2:56
    • Find the Right Place and Time

      2:11
    • Organizing the Project

      3:22
    • Take Breaks for your Mind

      2:20
    • When You've got Another Job

      2:19
    • Just be Good Enough

      2:03

About This Class

Are you struggling to finish your doctoral dissertation? Do you need a push to get to the finish line? Do you need a clear roadmap to get it done sooner? 

The Fast Dissertation is a complete course full of insider tips from Dr. Duncan Koerber and Dr. Justin Bateh on how to avoid failure – and wasted tuition money – and get your dissertation done fast. 

Dr. Koerber and Dr. Bateh have supervised and helped many graduate students, and, of course, completed their own dissertations. Learn from their experience and the experience of their students in this course. 

In this course, learn how to

  • find a topic you enjoy and narrow it down;
  • join an academic conversation and make a worthwhile contribution;
  • find and review literature quickly and accurately;
  • choose a useful methodology;
  • ensure your data is sound;
  • select the right dissertation chair;
  • manage your time effectively;
  • use the latest technology to make your job easier; and,
  • deal with the effects of the dissertation work on your life.

Follow these lessons, finish your dissertation sooner, and make a stronger impact on your academic community. 

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Duncan Koerber

University Professor

Dr. Duncan Koerber has taught writing and communications courses for the past 10 years at six Canadian universities to thousands of students.

Currently a full-time assistant professor at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada, Duncan Koerber worked for nearly 10 years in reporting and editing roles for the London Free Press, the Mississauga News, and the University of Toronto Medium. He has freelanced for magazines and newspapers, including the Toronto Star.

Oxford University Press recently published his writing textbook, Clear, Precise, Direct: Strategies for Writing (2015). Available on Amazon, the book considers the seven most common errors (interfering factors) in writing and how to improve them (enhancing factors). His second book, Crisis Communication in Canada, is in the revision process for University of Toronto Press.

Duncan Koerber has been a successful freelance editor, reaching the top 0.01% of editors on Elance. Now, his freelance editing and proofreading agency on Upwork is in the "top rated" category.

Duncan Koerber has a bachelor of arts degree in English, Professional Writing, and Political Science from the University of Toronto (2001), a master of arts degree in Journalism from the University of Western Ontario (2003), and a Ph.D. in Communication and Culture from York University and Ryerson University (2009).

His academic writing, which focuses on media and journalism history, writing pedagogy, and public relations crisis communication, has been published in the Canadian Journal of Communication, the Journal of Canadian Studies, Journalism History, Media History, Composition Studies, Canadian Journal of Media Studies, and Sport History Review.