“We tend to think of ourselves as reasoning (thinking) beings that have troublesome emotions. Actually, we are emotional beings that have learnt the ability to reason ” Michael Dues

Academic Coaching

Many post-graduates students do not finish their dissertations or research projects on time, not for lack of cognitive ability, but because of the emotional aspects to the process, or because they are not properly supported during the process. This is where I step in.

My coaching will make your university experience easier and more enjoyable.

What is Academic Coaching?

Studying is a process of teaching yourself something new, learning something you didn’t know before. Engaging with information you don’t yet know can be confusing. Many students talk about feeling like they are wandering through a  thick mist. It doesn’t need to be that way. I will create clarity, calm and structure for you during this process.

I aim to provide clear, simple guidance on what is expected. I translate ‘academic speak’ into common-sense English. I offer space to speak about your fears and uncertainties. I also support theory-building and the more complex conceptual academic work. I help students to do their best research and thinking.

Master your Masters

Master your Masters is a pre-packaged product designed to enable Masters Students to excel.

You pay one flat fee for 12 Sessions in structured program.  The 12 sessions are spread across the year /18-months of your studies so that you are supported the whole way through your program.

What you get:

  • 2 Sessions: Introduction to Post-Grad Research
  • 8 Sessions: On-going support (usually once per month)
  • 2 Sessions: Writing up and finalising your Thesis

Cost: R7000

Each session lasts roughly 75 minutes.

Additional sessions can be purchased at the discounted rate of R500.
Programs are adapted to your specific situation and your needs.

How it works

I help with the following things:

Understanding Academia:

I will explain what is required and what will get you good marks. I will help you to understand more about what the university wants from you and how to do well in your coursework or dissertation.

Theory Building:

The Time to Think coaching methodology that I employ is the perfect tool to enable complex theoretical thinking and work. Using this method will give you space to do your best critical thinking and theory-building.

Emotional Support:

The post-graduate process can be a very lonely and difficult experience. Almost all students feel incompetent or as though they are going to be ‘found out’ at some point. It doesn’t need to be this way, with good support and a solid plan you could actually enjoy your post-graduate experience.

The Nuts-and-Bolts of Research:

I can also help you develop an exceptional research methodology. I have worked on a number of research projects and can advise on solid methods.

Document Finalisation:

Normally by the time researchers are preparing to submit their dissertations they are tired and a bit sick of looking at the same work. You may need someone to edit and provide insight regarding your content and style. These are things I am great at doing. I edit well and have a strong understanding of Academic Writing. This stage is crucial to ensure you get a good mark.

The Specifics

I work with academics and students in a variety of ways. Primarily my client engagements follow one of these formats:

One-on-One Coaching:

This it the most common work I do. Usually it involves meeting with students and supporting them in the thinking, planning and executing of their academic research work. Meetings are around 60 minutes. They may be once per week during intensive phases, but may slow down to once a month. We adjust the frequency of sessions according to your needs and progress.

Partnered Coaching:

This is very similar to one-on-one coaching, except that I work with two students at a time. This process is structured so that the two students support each other. We meet for 90 minutes per session, the fee per student is reduced. We meet every two weeks, and in the alternate weeks the students meet and support one another. This works well if you and a friend are both struggling and want coaching but are limited by budget.