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Why Reading Widely Is So Important

If you talk with any professional writer, at some point they will likely tell you that if you’re interested in becoming a writer, you need to read. Read a lot. The same holds true if you’re writing a major paper or dissertation. Read more, and read widely – especially things that you think may […]

Happy Pi Day!

Happy Pi Day! While we love pie here at Dissertation Editor (and let’s be real, who doesn’t), we also love pi – especially our stats team. So what is Pi Day? March 14th, or 3/14 – the chronological equivalent of pi, the mathematical term for 3.14, or the ration of the circumference of […]

The Importance of Proofreading

During the dissertation writing process, we get a lot of clients who are aware of the value of editing, rewriting, and revising, but did you know that a final proofread is just as important as the initial editing, if not more so? When we work with a client, after the editing process (both line […]

How to Beat the Winter Blahs

In many parts of the country right now, it’s still winter, although spring peeks through occasionally. Frigid temperatures, threats of snow, cold cold nights, and all you want to do is burrow under a bunch of blankets and curl up and sleep. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a real illness and needs clinical […]

National Grammar Day

Did you know that today is the only day of the year that is also a complete sentence? March Fo(u)rth! It’s only fitting, then, that today is also National Grammar Day. It was established in 2008 by Martha Brockenbrough, the founder of the Society for the Promotion of Good Grammar. Language is a complex, […]

Selecting Your Dissertation Committee

Choosing your dissertation or thesis committee is perhaps one of the most difficult but important decisions you will have to make as a graduate student. These individuals will be working with you throughout the process, and are the ones who will essentially decide whether you earn the doctoral degree or not. Your dissertation chair […]

Tips for Applying to Graduate School

So you’ve decided to apply to graduate school – congratulations! This is a big decision. It can be overwhelming, but it’s very doable. Here are some tips and tricks to keep in mind while you apply (or while you’re considering different programs).

  1. Think carefully about the kind of graduate program that is best for […]

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for the Graduate Student

Love is in the air again…or maybe it’s just February. It can feel like every year, the Valentine’s Day plans people have get more extravagant, which can be stressful if you’re a grad student or don’t have a ton of money to spare. But the good news is that you DON’T have to spend […]

How to Write a Cover Letter

So you’re applying for a job: you’ve spent countless hours scouring the job databases and listservs, polished your CV or resume…now to tackle the cover letter. Even if the application says a cover letter is optional, it’s really not. When you don’t send a cover letter, that implies a degree of carelessness at best, […]

When Do I Need to Do a Power Analysis?

You have your dissertation topic, fleshed out your research questions, and have a plan in place for your target study population and how you’re going to collect your data. But how do you know whether your sample size is adequate to yield enough power in your study? A power analysis can help with that. […]

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