I’m studying for my written comprehensive exam that will take place next month. I understand that the doctoral program has different rules as to how the exam process goes (mine is 5 days and open book). However, I’ve psyched myself out sometimes thinking about the exam while simultaneously studying for the exam. I feel like I’m getting better at not psyching myself out. So my question: what did you do…

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What is the length of Chapter 1 (how many pages?) On a qualitative study, do I need to address validity and reliability? How about credibility and transferability (remember…qualitative). On terms, should I have a scholarly citation for EVERY term? – Working on dissertation Dear Working on dissertation, The length of chapter 1 depends on your specific university requirements for the contents of chapter 1, and can also depend on…

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I am looking for a secure data collection tool online to engage in email interviews. Thanks. – Online Data Tools Dear Online Data Tools, Picking the correct data collection tool is often dependent on the design and needs of your survey. While the commonly used data tools like SurveyMonkey, SurveyGizmo, PsychData, and Qualtrics all support basic question formats (single select, free response, matrixes, etc.), they differ in their download…

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I was wondering if anyone can help me – well, direct me. I have had a lot of health-related and disability-related problems that got ignored during my last few years of my PhD. Now I have managed to get an extension for 6 months full-time to finish writing. I had asked part-time due to my disabilities – also to work, as my stipend stopped. However, am getting no guidance from…

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Hello, I am in my second year of PhD but technically have been working on my project for just one year. Before moving abroad for my PhD, I was supposed to join a particular lab, but after moving I realized that the project I was told I would join had been discontinued. Left with not many options to choose from, I decided to join another lab. My professor seemed very…

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I am in a terminal Master’s program in counselor’s education with the goal of being a school guidance counselor. My career goal has always been to work with high schoolers, especially those at-risk. For now, a Master’s is all I can manage due to time, money, and my sanity, but I would eventually like to go back and get a PhD in School Psychology. My program requires a capstone project,…

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I have a committee member that I have had numerous problems with over the course of my dissertation. He has been very difficult to work with and doesn’t return emails, his feedback is short and unclear (and late), and he won’t make time to meet with me to clarify what he is wanting. I have talked to my chair and he has had the same experience with this person across…

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This is my first year in grad school. As an undergrad, I was the type of student that always did all the reading required for every class. Now that I’m in grad school, though, my reading load is enormous. I try to do it all, but things still fall through the cracks. How do prioritize my reading so that if something falls through the cracks it is the reading…

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I am working on a PhD is nursing and have worked in the field of nursing for many years (I got my RN as an Undergrad). Recently, I had a patient die, which has never happened to me before. I understand that people die and I know that I am not the reason why he died, but this is all on a very cognitive level. On an emotional level, I…

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I am working on my dissertation and was really excited about the topic. It’s been something that I have been wanting to study based on both my personal and clinical experiences; however, with each draft of my proposal that my committee reviews, the project seems to be getting further and further away from my vision. This is supposed to be my research project, but I also know that my faculty…

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