There’s one more reason why it’s important to ask what support graduate students need: they often are not aware of, or taking advantage of, existing support services on the campus.
Colleges and universities are increasingly offering writing space for dissertation writers, writing retreats, dissertation coaching and writing workshops.
You can simply point out that their current strategy isn’t working and invite them to experiment with a new habit (daily writing) for the next two weeks.
In addition to a judgment-free discussion of their writing habits, you may also want to speak directly to the topics of perfectionism and procrastination.
A dissertation is one of the most stress-inducing and difficult assignments to complete in all of academia.
That’s because the rewards for getting one are substantial.Dear Frustrated, I understand how difficult it can be to want your graduate students to succeed but not know how to support their productivity.Having just spent the past 12 weeks working with 150 dissertation writers, I know one thing for sure: there’s often a large, unspoken disconnect between faculty advisers and graduate students when it comes to writing a dissertation. Because of that disconnect, advisers’ efforts don’t meet students where they are stuck, and the students’ impostor syndrome can be so intense (and the power differential so great) that it keeps them from asking for the type of help they need.I want them to finish their dissertations, but now another semester has gone by with missed deadlines and no concrete progress.And that means that May graduations look increasingly unrealistic.The most effective form of direct guidance is a dissertation rubric.If you or your department don’t have something that specific, try sharing your favorite book on dissertation writing. It’s well documented that the most productive academics write every day -- Monday through Friday -- in short periods of time.But before any of that can occur, they have to put words on a page. President, National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity P. Figuring out what’s keeping them from doing so is your first point of intervention. What that means is that they do not know how to write a dissertation, and they may have unrealistic expectations about its required scope and quality -- expectations that are keeping them from moving forward.Keep in mind that your students have spent several years in classes learning how to criticize the best work in your discipline.