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In the News: Penn Will Be the First of the Ivies to Offer an Online Bachelor’s Degree

The University of Pennsylvania will become the first Ivy League school to offer an online Bachelor’s degree, starting next fall. Specifically designed for non-traditional students, the degree will be a bachelor of applied arts and sciences, through Penn’s School of Arts and Sciences’ College of Liberal and Professional Studies, which caters to […]

Dissertation Writing Tips: Writing Transitions

Many clients come to Dissertation Editor with notes from the professor that say “choppy,” or they’re told that their ideas need to flow better. What the professor is often referring to is the need for better, more effective transitions. In academic writing, these are especially important because transitions help you forge connections between […]

Returning to School as a Non-Traditional Student

Maybe you’re returning to school after taking some time off to start and raise a family. Maybe you’re changing careers. Maybe you’re going back for an advanced degree in your area after working in the field for decades. Maybe you’re simply going back because the time is finally right. There are many, many reasons […]

Dissertation Writing Tips: How to Paraphrase

Avoiding plagiarism is a central focus when you’re writing your dissertation, and part of that involves paraphrasing the research you read. You don’t want to rely too heavily on direct quotes, because then you’d simply be copying things other people have written without adding your own interpretation or thoughts, and it gets clunky […]

How to Make the Most out of Your Graduate School Experience

Graduate school is a unique experience and though it’s cliché, it really is what you make of it. Whether you’re attending an in-person program, low-residency program, or completely online program, it’s important to make the most of it, no matter what that might look like for you. Some people will join all the graduate […]

Tips for Beating the Back-to-School Blues or Butterflies

It’s that time of year again: stores have displays of rows and rows of notebooks, pens, pencil cases, glue sticks, and backpacks. While you may not be heading to the store with a class list from your teacher, going back to school can still be exciting, especially if you’re returning after a long period […]

Movies to Help you get into Back-to-School Mode

Summer is winding down, and it’s almost time to go back to school. Whether you’re continuing your program, starting a new adventure, or even if you took a class or two over the summer, the transition back to the daily grind can be a tough one. A trusted editor or methodologist like those at […]

Research: Literature Review vs Annotated Bibliography

During graduate school, and especially while you’re working on your dissertation, you’ll probably hear the terms “annotated bibliography” and “literature review” tossed around a lot. You might know that Chapter 2 of the dissertation is traditionally the Review of the Literature, but it’s not necessarily a straight lit review, either; rather, it’s a bit […]

Converting your Dissertation into a Book: Not as Easy as it Might Seem

The day has come: your dissertation is finished, you passed, it’s all bound up and in your hands. After a much-deserved break and some relaxation, you might be considering turning your dissertation into a book – after all, it’s a fascinating topic, you’ve thoroughly researched it, and you have a lot to say about […]

Common Writing Mistakes by Non-Native English Speakers

We’ve worked with hundreds of clients for whom English isn’t their first language, and we know how confusing English can be, even for native speakers. Writing a dissertation or thesis is daunting enough, but having to do it in a language that might not come easy to you is even harder. Here are some […]

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