You and Your Doctoral or Thesis Writing Team: Part 12

Learning where to find the right help


Okay, by now you should have a clear idea of what a university can offer and hopefully what your university does offer when embarking on the doctoral or master’s road. One usually chooses one advisory’s team (advisor and 2 committee members), but even that does not guarantee a smooth road.

The trick is to know what each person should be providing. Students seldom get all the help that the university should be providing, but you should know where to look for the help. That way you can avoid the disappointment of looking for help in the wrong place, from the wrong person. Do not expect your advisor to write your thesis or dissertation. Do not expect your academic editor to be a miracle worker. Be decisive and choose what you wish to include in your paper when you get conflicting advice from the various levels of help. And do not allow faculty to shift their responsibility onto the editor.

How can you be confident about finding your way through differing opinions about what you should do? Equip yourself to understand what each person can offer you. Learn to do some basic self-editing to bring all the ideas into focus. Need help understanding how to self-edit? Download your own handy copy of the Language Online 21 Proofreading Tips to help guide you through trying times. Be sure to print the guide and have it on hand. And when you have competently completed your share, hand over to a good academic editor for some editing TLC.

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