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Research Ethics 101: A Simple Explainer (With Examples)

Research Ethics & Ethical Considerations A Plain-Language Explainer With ExamplesBy: Derek Jansen (MBA) | Reviewers: Dr Eunice Rautenbach | May 2024Research ethics are one of those “unsexy but essential” subjects that you need to fully understand (and apply) to...

Research Implications & Recommendations: A Simple Explainer

Research Implications & Recommendations A Plain-Language Explainer With Examples + FREE TemplateBy: Derek Jansen (MBA) | Reviewers: Dr Eunice Rautenbach | May 2024The research implications and recommendations are closely related but distinctly different concepts...

Acknowledgements 101: Five Examples For Your Inspiration

Thesis Acknowledgements Examples 5 Examples For Your InspirationBy: Derek Jansen (MBA) | Reviewers: Dr Eunice Rautenbach | May 2024The acknowledgements section of your thesis or dissertation is an opportunity to say thanks to all the people who helped you along your...

Dissertation & Thesis Examples: Get Inspired Now

Dissertation & Thesis Examples 📖 Real-world examples and samples from leading universities Need some inspiration for your study? You’ve come to the right place. Here we showcase a collection of dissertation and thesis examples to help you get started. All of these...

Research Limitations 101: What You Need To Know

Research Limitations 101 📖 A Plain-Language Explainer (With Practical Examples) By: Derek Jansen (MBA) | Expert Reviewer: Dr. Eunice Rautenbach | May 2024Research limitations are one of those things that students tend to avoid digging into, and understandably so. No...

In Vivo Coding 101: Full Explainer With Examples

In Vivo Coding 101 🖍️ A Plain-Language Explainer (With Practical Examples) By: Derek Jansen (MBA) | Expert Reviewer: Dr. Eunice Rautenbach | April 2024Qualitative coding is a topic that often leaves students feeling a little confused - but it doesn’t have to be that...

All But Dissertation (ABD) Status – What You Need To Know

All But Dissertation (ABD) Status 😬 A Plain-Language Explainer + Guide For Stuck Students By: Derek Jansen (MBA) | Expert Reviewer: Dr. Eunice Rautenbach | April 2024When it comes to completing a PhD or doctoral degree, “all but dissertation” (or ABD) is all too often...

The Four Powerful Habits Of Successful Students

🎙️ The 4 HABITS of Successful Students (And how to develop them...) By: Derek Jansen (MBA) and Ethar Al-Saraf (PhD) | April 2024At Grad Coach, we've worked with thousands of students. Over the years, we've noticed a few simple but powerful habits that are common...

Process Coding 101: Full Explainer With Examples

Process Coding 101 🖍️ A Plain-Language Explainer (With Practical Examples) By: Derek Jansen (MBA) | Expert Reviewer: Dr. Eunice Rautenbach | April 2024Qualitative coding and analysis are areas that often leave students feeling a little confused - but it doesn’t have...

Qualitative Coding 101: Inductive, Deductive & Hybrid Coding

Inductive, Deductive & Abductive Coding Qualitative Coding Approaches Explained Simply (+ Examples) By: Derek Jansen (MBA) | Expert Reviewer: Dr. Eunice Rautenbach | April 2024Qualitative coding is a topic that often leaves students feeling a little confused - but...

3 STRUGGLES You’ll Face During Your Research Journey

🎙️ The 3 STRUGGLES You're Bound To Face (And how to deal with them...) By: Derek Jansen (MBA) and Ethar Al-Saraf (PhD) | April 2024Writing a dissertation or thesis is no small task - just ask any ABD. The academic research journey is one filled with trials and...

Considering A PhD? Here Are 3 Things You Should Know

🎙️ 3 Harsh Realities About Doing A PhDBy: Derek Jansen (MBA) and Ethar Al-Saraf (Phd) | March 2024Undertaking a PhD or any doctoral-level program is no small task. In this episode of the Grad Coach Podcast, Dr Ethar shares three things he wishes he had known about the...

How To Choose A Research Topic: 5 Key Criteria

How To Choose A Research Topic Step-By-Step Tutorial With Examples + Free Topic EvaluatorBy: Derek Jansen (MBA) | Expert Reviewer: Dr Eunice Rautenbach | April 2024Choosing the right research topic is likely the most important decision you'll make on your dissertation...

Writing A Research Proposal: 4 Hacks To Fast-Track The Process

🎙️ PODCAST: Writing A Research Proposal 4 Time-Saving Tips To Fast-Track Your ProposalBy: Derek Jansen (MBA) and Ethar Al-Saraf (Phd) | March 2024Crafting a well-thought-out research proposal is essential for gaining approval and setting a clear path for your research...

How To Write A Research Paper (Video Tutorial)

How To Write A Research Paper Step-By-Step Tutorial With Examples + FREE TemplateBy: Derek Jansen (MBA) | Expert Reviewer: Dr Eunice Rautenbach | March 2024For many students, crafting a strong research paper from scratch can feel like a daunting task - and rightly so!...

Master Your Methodology: 4 Hacks To Fast-Track The Process

🎙️ PODCAST: Master The Methodology 4 Tips To Ensure Your Methodology Is Perfectly On PointBy: Derek Jansen (MBA) and Ethar Al-Saraf (PhD) | Feb 2024Find yourself lost in a sea of complex terms and unsure where to begin? Fear not. In this episode of the Grad Coach...

How To Reference In Microsoft Word (Video Tutorial)

How To Reference In Microsoft Word Step-By-Step Video Tutorial With ExamplesBy: Derek Jansen (MBA) | Expert Reviewer: Dr Eunice Rautenbach | March 2024In this video tutorial, you'll learn how to use Microsoft Word's referencing function for in-text citations and...

Writing A Literature Review: 4 Time-Saving Hacks

🎙️ PODCAST: Ace The Literature Review 4 Time-Saving Tips To Fast-Track Your Literature ReviewBy: Derek Jansen (MBA) and Ethar Al-Saraf (PhD) | Feb 2024Writing a literature review can be a daunting task for many students, but fear not! In this episode of the Grad Coach...

Research Topics & Ideas: Automation & Robotics

Research Topics & Ideas: Robotics 50 Topic Ideas To Kickstart Your Research ProjectIf you're just starting out exploring robotics and/or automation-related topics for your dissertation, thesis or research project, you've come to the right place. In this post,...

Research Topics & Ideas: Sociology

Research Topics & Ideas: Sociology 50 Topic Ideas To Kickstart Your Research ProjectIf you're just starting out exploring sociology-related topics for your dissertation, thesis or research project, you've come to the right place. In this post, we'll help kickstart...

Research Topics & Ideas: Public Health & Epidemiology

Research Topics & Ideas: Public Health 50 Topic Ideas To Kickstart Your Research ProjectIf you're just starting out exploring public health and/or epidemiology-related topics for your dissertation, thesis or research project, you've come to the right place. In...

Research Topics & Ideas: Neuroscience

Research Topics & Ideas: Neuroscience 50 Topic Ideas To Kickstart Your Research ProjectIf you're just starting out exploring neuroscience-related topics for your dissertation, thesis or research project, you've come to the right place. In this post, we'll help...

Research Topics & Ideas: Journalism

Research Topics & Ideas: Journalism 50 Topic Ideas To Kickstart Your Research ProjectIf you're just starting out exploring journalism-related topics for your dissertation, thesis or research project, you've come to the right place. In this post, we'll help...

Research Topics & Ideas: Data Science & Analytics

Research Topics & Ideas: Data Science 50 Topic Ideas To Kickstart Your Research ProjectIf you're just starting out exploring data science-related topics for your dissertation, thesis or research project, you've come to the right place. In this post, we'll help...

Research Topics & Ideas: Cybersecurity

Research Topics & Ideas: Cybersecurity 50 Topic Ideas To Kickstart Your ResearchIf you're just starting out exploring cybersecurity-related topics for your dissertation, thesis or research project, you've come to the right place. In this post, we'll help kickstart...

Research Topics & Ideas: Communication

Research Topics & Ideas: Communication 50 Topic Ideas To Kickstart Your ResearchIf you're just starting out exploring communication-related topics for your dissertation, thesis or research project, you've come to the right place. In this post, we'll help kickstart...

Research Topics & Ideas: Blockchain & Cryptocurrency

Research Topics & Ideas Blockchain & CryptocurrencyIf you're just starting out exploring blockchain-related topics for your dissertation, thesis or research project, you've come to the right place. In this post, we'll help kickstart your research by providing...

Research Topics & Ideas: Biotech & Genetic Engineering

Research Topics & Ideas Biotechnology and Genetic EngineeringIf you're just starting out exploring biotechnology-related topics for your dissertation, thesis or research project, you've come to the right place. In this post, we'll help kickstart your research...

Research Topics & Ideas: AI & Machine Learning

Research Topics & Ideas Artifical Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML)If you're just starting out exploring AI-related research topics for your dissertation, thesis or research project, you've come to the right place. In this post, we'll help kickstart your...

Acknowledgements 101: How To Write The Section

The Acknowledgements Section How to write the acknowledgements for your thesis or dissertationBy: Derek Jansen (MBA) | Reviewers: Dr Eunice Rautenbach | January 2024Writing the acknowledgements section of your thesis might seem straightforward, but it's more than just...

Free Download: Statistics Cheatsheet

Free Download 📥 Statistics CheatsheetFeeling a bit overwhelmed by the all the complex terminology within the daunting world of statistics? Our free statistics cheatsheet makes it all a little easier by providing a plain-language overview of the key terminology and...

Inferential Statistics 101: Simple Explainer (With Examples)

Quant Analysis 101: Inferential Statistics Everything You Need To Get Started (With Examples)By: Derek Jansen (MBA) | Reviewers: Kerryn Warren (PhD) | October 2023If you’re new to quantitative data analysis, one of the many terms you’re likely to hear being thrown...

Research Question 101: Everything You Need To Know

Research Question 101 📖 Everything you need to know to write a high-quality research questionBy: Derek Jansen (MBA) | Reviewed By: Dr. Eunice Rautenbach | October 2023If you’ve landed on this page, you’re probably asking yourself, “What is a research question?”. Well,...

Research Question Examples: The Perfect Starting Point

Research Question Examples 🧑🏻‍🏫 25+ Practical Examples & Ideas To Help You Get Started By: Derek Jansen (MBA) | October 2023A well-crafted research question (or set of questions) sets the stage for a robust study and meaningful insights.  But, if you're new to...

Research Topics & Ideas: Mental Health

Research Topics & Ideas: Mental Health 100+ Mental Health Research Topic Ideas To Fast-Track Your ProjectIf you're just starting out exploring mental health topics for your dissertation, thesis or research project, you've come to the right place. In this post,...

Research Topics & Ideas: Finance

Research Topics & Ideas: Finance 120+ Finance Research Topic Ideas To Fast-Track Your ProjectIf you're just starting out exploring potential research topics for your finance-related dissertation, thesis or research project, you've come to the right place. In this...

Descriptive Statistics 101: Simple Explainer (With Examples)

Quant Analysis 101: Descriptive Statistics Everything You Need To Get Started (With Examples)By: Derek Jansen (MBA) | Reviewers: Kerryn Warren (PhD) | October 2023If you’re new to quantitative data analysis, one of the first terms you’re likely to hear being thrown...

AI Research Tools: Hype Or Help?

AI Research Tools: Hype Or Help? It's time for a balanced discussionBy: Derek Jansen (MBA) | Reviewers: Kerryn Warren (PhD), David Phair (PhD) | October 2023There’s a lot of talk about AI research tools at the moment. If the YouTubers, the bloggers and the broader...

Validity & Reliability: Explained Simply

Validity & Reliability In Research A Plain-Language Explanation (With Examples)By: Derek Jansen (MBA) | Expert Reviewer: Kerryn Warren (PhD) | September 2023Validity and reliability are two related but distinctly different concepts within research. Understanding...

Literature Synthesis 101: How To Synthesise The Literature

Literature Syntheis 101 How To Synthesise The Existing Research (With Examples)By: Derek Jansen (MBA) | Expert Reviewer: Eunice Rautenbach (DTech) | August 2023One of the most common mistakes that students make when writing a literature review is that they err on the...

The Essential Components of a Literature Review

Literature Review: 3 Essential Ingredients The theoretical framework, empirical research and research gapBy: Derek Jansen (MBA) | Reviewer: Eunice Rautenbach (DTech) | July 2023Writing a comprehensive but concise literature review is no simple task. There's a lot of...

MLA 9 Formatting: How To Format Your Paper For MLA

MLA 9th Edition Formatting A Simple, Step-by-Step Guide + Free TemplateBy: Derek Jansen (MBA) | Reviewer: Eunice Rautenbach (DTech) | July 2023Formatting your paper in MLA style can feel like a pretty daunting task. In this post, we'll show you exactly how to set up...

APA 7 Formatting: How To Set Up Your Student Paper

APA 7th Edition Formatting A Simple, Step-by-Step Guide + Free TemplateBy: Derek Jansen (MBA) | Reviewer: Eunice Rautenbach (DTech) | June 2023Formatting your paper in APA 7th edition can feel like a pretty daunting task, and understandably so. In this post, we’ll...

Research Proposal Essentials: 5 Critical Dos & Don’ts

Writing Your Research Proposal 5 Essentials You Need To Keep In MindBy: Derek Jansen (MBA) | Reviewer: Eunice Rautenbach (DTech) | June 2023Writing a high-quality research proposal that "sells" your study and wins the favour (and approval) of your university is no...

Research Philosophy & Research Paradigms

Research Philosophy & Paradigms Positivism, Interpretivism & Pragmatism, Explained SimplyBy: Derek Jansen (MBA) | Reviewer: Eunice Rautenbach (DTech) | June 2023Research philosophy is one of those things that students tend to either gloss over or become...

Logos, Ethos & Pathos: The Rhetorical Triangle

What Are Logos, Pathos & Ethos? A straight-forward explainer (with examples)By: Derek Jansen (MBA) | Reviewer: Eunice Rautenbach (DTech) | June 2023If you spend any amount of time exploring the wonderful world of philosophy, you’re bound to run into the dynamic...

Research Methodology Example: Full Walkthrough

Research Methodology Example Detailed Walkthrough + Free Methodology Chapter TemplateIf you're working on a dissertation or thesis and are looking for an example of a research methodology chapter, you've come to the right place. In this video, we walk you through a...

Literature Review Example/Sample: Full Walkthrough

Literature Review Example/Sample Detailed Walkthrough + Free Literature Review TemplateIf you're working on a dissertation or thesis and are looking for an example of a strong literature review chapter, you've come to the right place. In this video, we walk you...

How To Find A Research Gap: Step-By-Step Process

How To Find A Research Gap, Quickly A step-by-step guide for new researchersBy: Derek Jansen (MBA) | Reviewer: Eunice Rautenbach (DTech) | April 2023If you’ve got a dissertation, thesis or research project coming up, one of the first (and most important) things you’ll...

Research Proposal Example/Sample: Full Walkthrough

Research Proposal Example/Sample Detailed Walkthrough + Free Proposal TemplateIf you're getting started crafting your research proposal and are looking for a few examples of research proposals, you've come to the right place. In this video, we walk you through two...

Research Design 101: Qualitative & Quantitative

Research Design 101 Everything You Need To Get Started (With Examples)By: Derek Jansen (MBA) | Reviewers: Eunice Rautenbach (DTech) & Kerryn Warren (PhD) | April 2023Navigating the world of research can be daunting, especially if you’re a first-time researcher....

Research Constructs 101: What You Need To Know

Research Constructs 101 Constructs, Validity & Reliability - Explained SimplyBy: Derek Jansen (MBA) | Expert Reviewed By: Eunice Rautenbach (DTech) | March 2023Navigating the world of academic research can be overwhelming, especially if you’re new to the field....

The Research Problem & Problem Statement

The Research Problem & Statement What they are & how to write them (with examples)By: Derek Jansen (MBA) | Expert Reviewed By: Eunice Rautenbach (DTech) | March 2023If you’re new to academic research, you’re bound to encounter the concept of a “research...

Theoretical Framework vs Conceptual Framework

Theoretical vs Conceptual Framework What they are & how they're different (with examples)By: Derek Jansen (MBA) | Reviewed By: Eunice Rautenbach (DTech) | March 2023If you’re new to academic research, sooner or later you’re bound to run into the terms theoretical...

Narrative Analysis Explained Simply (With Examples)

Narrative Analysis 101 Everything you need to know to get startedBy: Ethar Al-Saraf (PhD)| Expert Reviewed By: Eunice Rautenbach (DTech) | March 2023If you’re new to research, the host of qualitative analysis methods available to you can be a little overwhelming. In...

Research Topics & Ideas: Politics

Research Topics & Ideas: Politics 100+ Politics-Related Research Ideas To Fast-Track Your ProjectFinding and choosing a strong research topic is the critical first step when it comes to crafting a high-quality dissertation or thesis. If you've landed on this post,...

Research Topics & Ideas: Environmental Sciences

Research Topics & Ideas: Environment 100+ Environmental Science Research Topics & IdeasFinding and choosing a strong research topic is the critical first step when it comes to crafting a high-quality dissertation, thesis or research project. Here, we'll...

Research Topics & Ideas: Healthcare

Research Topics & Ideas: Healthcare 100+ Healthcare Research Topic Ideas To Fast-Track Your ProjectFinding and choosing a strong research topic is the critical first step when it comes to crafting a high-quality dissertation, thesis or research project. If you've...

Research Topics & Ideas: Computer Science

Research Topics & Ideas: CompSci & IT 50+ Computer Science Research Topic Ideas To Fast-Track Your ProjectFinding and choosing a strong research topic is the critical first step when it comes to crafting a high-quality dissertation, thesis or research project....

Research Topics & Ideas: Business & Management

Research Topics & Ideas: Business 50+ Management Research Topic Ideas To Fast-Track Your ProjectFinding and choosing a strong research topic is the critical first step when it comes to crafting a high-quality dissertation, thesis or research project. If you've...

Research Topics & Ideas: Nursing

Research Topics & Ideas: Nursing 50+ Nursing Research Topic Ideas To Fast-Track Your ProjectFinding and choosing a strong research topic is the critical first step when it comes to crafting a high-quality dissertation, thesis or research project. If you've landed...

Primary, Secondary & Tertiary Sources Explained

Primary, Secondary & Tertiary Sources What they are and how they compare (with examples)By: Derek Jansen (MBA) | Expert Reviewed By: Kerryn Warren (PhD) | January 2023If you’re new to the wild world of research, you’re bound to encounter the terrible twins,...

Research Topics & Ideas: Marketing

Research Topics & Ideas: Marketing 50+ Marketing Research Topic Ideas To Fast-Track Your ProjectFinding and choosing a strong research topic is the critical first step when it comes to crafting a high-quality dissertation, thesis or research project. If you've...

Research Topics & Ideas: Psychology

Research Topics & Ideas: Psychology 100+ Psychology Topic Ideas To Fast-Track Your ResearchIf you're starting out on the dissertation or thesis journey for your psychology degree, the very first challenge you'll face is finding a solid research topic. In this...

Research Topics & Ideas: Education

Research Topics & Ideas: Education 170+ Research Ideas To Fast-Track Your ProjectIf you're just starting out exploring education-related topics for your dissertation, thesis or research project, you've come to the right place. In this post, we'll help kickstart...

Variables 101: Independent, Dependent & Control Variables

Research Variables 101 Independent variables, dependent variables, control variables and moreBy: Derek Jansen (MBA) | Expert Reviewed By: Kerryn Warren (PhD) | January 2023If you’re new to the world of research, especially scientific research, you’re bound to run into...

Sampling Methods & Strategies 101: What You Need To Know

Sampling Methods & Strategies 101 Everything you need to know (including examples)By: Derek Jansen (MBA) | Expert Reviewed By: Kerryn Warren (PhD) | January 2023If you’re new to research, sooner or later you’re bound to wander into the intimidating world of...

How To Find A Research Gap (Literature Gap)

The Research Gap (Literature Gap) Everything you need to know to find a quality research gapBy: Ethar Al-Saraf (PhD) | Expert Reviewed By: Eunice Rautenbach (DTech) | November 2022If you're just starting out in research, chances are you've heard about the elusive...

How To Avoid Bias In Your Research

Research Bias 101: What You Need To KnowBy: Derek Jansen (MBA) | Expert Reviewed By: Dr Eunice Rautenbach | September 2022If you're new to academic research, research bias (also sometimes called researcher bias) is one of the many things you need to understand to...

Research Limitations vs Research Delimitations

Research Limitations & Delimitations What they are and how they're different (with examples)By: Derek Jansen (MBA) | Expert Reviewed By: David Phair (PhD) | September 2022If you're new to the world of research, you've probably heard the terms "research...

Thematic Analysis Basics: 5 Time-Saving Tips

Thematic Analysis 101 6 Time-Saving Tips To Help You Ace Your AnalysisBy: David Phair (PhD) & Amy Murdock (PhD) | September 2022Thematic analysis is an effective method for researchers to derive meaning from large sets of qualitative data. At a basic level, it...

Writing The Methodology Chapter: 5 Time-Saving Tips & Tricks

Writing The Methodology Chapter 5 Time-Saving Tips & ToolsBy: David Phair (PhD) and Amy Murdock (PhD) | July 2022The methodology chapter is a crucial part of your dissertation or thesis – it’s where you provide context and justification for your study's design....

Explainer: Content Review vs Language Editing

What's The Difference?  Content Review vs Language Editing & ProofreadingA popular question we receive at Grad Coach is "what's the difference between the content review service and the editing and proofreading service?". Here, we'll explain what each service...

Writing A Literature Review: 5 Time-Saving Tips & Tricks

Writing A High-Quality Literature Review 5 Time-Saving Tips & ToolsBy: David Phair (PhD) and Amy Murdock (PhD) | May 2022One of the fundamental chapters of any dissertation or thesis is the literature review. However, students often struggle to write this chapter,...

Finding A Research Topic: 5 Time-Saving Tips

Finding A High-Quality Research Topic 5 Practical Time-Saving Tips & HacksBy: David Phair (PhD) & Amy Murdock (PhD) | May 2022It’s no easy task to take on the culminating project of your degree, the dreaded dissertation or thesis. Though it might feel like...

Survey Design 101: 5 Common Mistakes

Dissertation & Thesis Survey Design 101 5 Common Mistakes To Avoid (+ Examples)By: David Phair (PhD) & Kerryn Warren (PhD) | April 2022Surveys are a powerful way to collect data for your dissertation, thesis or research project. Done right, a good survey...

Dissertation Introduction: 7 Deadly Mistakes To Avoid

Writing A Dissertation Introduction 7 Common (But Costly) Mistakes To AvoidBy: David Phair (PhD) and Alexandra Shaeffer (PhD) | March 2022Your dissertation or thesis introduction chapter is critically important as it tells the reader what your study is about, why it’s...

The Dissertation Abstract: 5 Costly Mistakes To Avoid

Writing A Dissertation Or Thesis Abstract 5 Common (& Costly) Mistakes To AvoidBy: David Phair (PhD) & Peter Quella (PhD) | February 2022Writing a quality abstract is important as the abstract tells the reader what to expect in your thesis or dissertation, and...

How To Source A-Grade Resources For Your Literature Review

How To Find A-Grade Literature For Review Sourcing, Evaluating and OrganisingBy: David Phair (PhD) and Peter Quella (PhD) | January 2022As we’ve discussed previously on our blog and YouTube channel, the first step of the literature review process is to source...

How To Write The Methodology Chapter

How To Write The Methodology Chapter The What, Why & How Explained Simply (With Examples)By: Jenna Crossley (PhD) | Reviewed By: Dr. Eunice Rautenbach | September 2021 (Updated April 2023)So, you’ve pinned down your research topic and undertaken a review of the...

How To Write The Conclusion Chapter: 6 Steps + Examples

How To Write The Conclusion Chapter A Simple Explainer With Examples + Free TemplateBy: Jenna Crossley (PhD) | Reviewed By: Dr. Eunice Rautenbach | September 2021So, you’ve wrapped up your results and discussion chapters, and you’re finally on the home stretch – the...

How To Write The Discussion Chapter: 6 Steps + Examples

How To Write The Discussion Chapter A Simple Explainer With Examples + Free TemplateBy: Jenna Crossley (PhD) | Reviewed By: Dr. Eunice Rautenbach | August 2021If you’re reading this, chances are you’ve reached the discussion chapter of your thesis or dissertation and...

The Dissertation Results/Findings Chapter (Qualitative)

How To Write The Results/Findings Chapter For Qualitative Studies (Dissertations & Theses)By: Jenna Crossley (PhD). Expert Reviewed By: Dr. Eunice Rautenbach | August 2021So, you’ve collected and analysed your qualitative data, and it’s time to write up your...

How To Write The Results/Findings Chapter (Quantitative)

How To Write The Results/Findings Chapter For Quantitative Studies (Dissertations & Theses)By: Derek Jansen (MBA) | Expert Reviewed By: Kerryn Warren (PhD) | July 2021So, you’ve completed your quantitative data analysis and it’s time to report on your findings....

How To Choose The Right Research Methodology

How To Choose Your Research Methodology Qualitative vs Quantitative vs Mixed MethodsBy: Derek Jansen (MBA). Expert Reviewed By: Dr Eunice Rautenbach | June 2021Without a doubt, one of the most common questions we receive at Grad Coach is “How do I choose the right...

What (Exactly) Is Discourse Analysis?

What (Exactly) Is Discourse Analysis?A Plain-Language Explanation & Definition (With Examples)By: Jenna Crosley (PhD). Expert Reviewed By: Dr Eunice Rautenbach | June 2021Discourse analysis is one of the most popular qualitative analysis techniques we encounter at...

Writing A Literature Review: 7 Common Mistakes To Avoid

Writing A Literature Review   7 Common (And Costly) Mistakes To Avoid ☠️By: David Phair (PhD) | Reviewed By: Dr Eunice Rautenbach | June 2021Crafting a high-quality literature review is critical to earning marks and developing a strong dissertation, thesis or research...

Writing A Research Proposal: 8 Common Mistakes To Avoid

Writing A Research Proposal 8 Common (And Costly) Mistakes To Avoid 🤦By: Derek Jansen (MBA) & David Phair (PhD). Reviewed By: Dr Eunice Rautenbach | June 2021At Grad Coach, we review a lot of research proposals, including dissertation proposals and thesis...

Preparing For Your Dissertation Defence: 13 Key Questions

Preparing For Your Dissertation Defense 13 Key Questions To Expect In The Viva VoceBy: Derek Jansen (MBA) & David Phair (PhD). Reviewed By: Dr Eunice Rautenbach | June 2021Preparing for your dissertation or thesis defense (also called a "viva voce") is a...

6 Reasons You Should NEVER Use a Dissertation Writing Service

6 Reasons You Should NEVER Use ADissertation Writing ServiceBy: Derek Jansen (MBA). Expert Reviewed By: Dr Eunice Rautenbach | June 2021We get it. By the time you’ve reached the final stage of your degree program, the dissertation (or thesis) can seem like a major...

What (Exactly) Is Thematic Analysis?

What (Exactly) Is Thematic Analysis? Plain-Language Explanation & Definition (With Examples)By: Jenna Crosley (PhD). Expert Reviewed By: Dr Eunice Rautenbach | April 2021Thematic analysis is one of the most popular qualitative analysis techniques we see students...

Qualitative Content Analysis: Explained Simply (with examples)

What Is Qualitative Content Analysis? QCA explained simply (with examples)By: Jenna Crosley (PhD). Reviewed by: Dr Eunice Rautenbach (DTech) | February 2021If you’re in the process of preparing for your dissertation, thesis or research project, you’ve probably...

Saunders’ Research Onion – Explained Simply (With Examples)

Saunders' Research Onion: Explained Simply Peeling the onion, layer by layer (with examples)By: David Phair (PhD) and Kerryn Warren (PhD) | January 2021If you’re learning about research skills and methodologies, you may have heard the term “research onion”....

Qualitative Data Coding 101: Everything You Need To Know

Qualitative Data Coding 101 How to code qualitative data, the smart way (with examples).By: Jenna Crosley (PhD) | Reviewed by:Dr Eunice Rautenbach | December 2020As we've discussed previously, qualitative research makes use of non-numerical data - for example, words,...

How To Structure Your Literature Review Chapter

How To Structure Your Literature Review 3 Options To Help Structure Your ChapterBy: Amy Rommelspacher (PhD) | Reviewer: Dr Eunice Rautenbach | November 2020 (Updated May 2023)Writing the literature review chapter can seem pretty daunting when you're piecing together...

Grad Coach Awarded Best Dissertation Coach 2020

Grad Coach Takes The MEA Cup: Best Dissertation & Thesis Coaching Specialists 2020By: Derek Jansen (MBA) | November 2020We did it! Today, we're proud to announce that Grad Coach has been awarded the title of "Best Dissertation & Thesis Coaching Specialists...

Dissertation vs Thesis: What’s the difference?

Dissertation vs Thesis vs Capstone ProjectWhat's the difference?By: Derek Jansen (MBA) | Expert Reviewed By: Dr. Eunice Rautenbach | October 2020At Grad Coach, we receive questions about dissertation and thesis writing on a daily basis – everything from how to find a...

What (Exactly) Is A Literature Review?

What Is A Literature Review? A Plain-Language Explainer (With Examples)By: Derek Jansen (MBA) & Kerryn Warren (PhD) | June 2020 (Updated May 2023)If you’re faced with writing a dissertation or thesis, chances are you’ve encountered the term “literature review”. If...

What (Exactly) Is A Dissertation Abstract?

The Dissertation Abstract: 101 How To Write A Clear & Concise Abstract (With Examples)By: Madeline Fink (MSc) Reviewed By: Derek Jansen (MBA) | June 2020So, you’ve (finally) finished your thesis or dissertation or thesis. Now it's time to write up your abstract...

What Is Research Methodology? Simple Definition (With Examples)

What Is Research Methodology?A Plain-Language Explanation & Definition (With Examples)By Derek Jansen (MBA) and Kerryn Warren (PhD) | June 2020 (Last updated April 2023)If you're new to formal academic research, it's quite likely that you're feeling a little...

What (Exactly) Is A Research Proposal?

What (Exactly) Is A Research Proposal? A Simple Explainer With Examples + Free TemplateBy: Derek Jansen (MBA) | Reviewed By: Dr Eunice Rautenbach | June 2020 (Updated April 2023)Whether you're nearing the end of your degree and your dissertation is on the horizon, or...

What Is a Longitudinal Study (Or Longitudinal Research)?

What (Exactly) Is A Longitudinal Study? A Plain-Language Explanation & Definition (With Examples)By: Derek Jansen (MBA) | June 2020If you’re new to the world of research, or it's your first time writing a dissertation or thesis, you’re probably feeling a bit...

What Is A Cross-Sectional Study (Or Cross-Sectional Research)?

What (Exactly) Is A Cross-Sectional Study? A Plain-Language Explanation & Definition (With Examples)By: Derek Jansen (MBA) | June 2020If you’ve just started out on your dissertation, thesis or research project and it's your first time carrying out formal research,...

What Is A Research Hypothesis (Or Scientific Hypothesis)?

What Is A Research (Scientific) Hypothesis?A plain-language explainer + examplesBy: Derek Jansen (MBA) | Reviewed By: Dr Eunice Rautenbach | June 2020If you’re new to the world of research, or it's your first time writing a dissertation or thesis, you’re probably...

Grad Coach vs Your Supervisor: What’s The Difference?

Grad Coach Q&AHow is Grad Coach different from a university supervisor?Every day, dozens of students around the world call us for assistance with their dissertations, theses and research projects. One question that comes up quite often is “how is Grad Coach...

How To Write Your Introduction Chapter (7 Simple Steps)

How To Write A Dissertation Introduction A Simple Explainer With Examples + Free TemplateBy: Derek Jansen (MBA) | Reviewed By Dr Eunice Rautenbach (D. Tech) | March 2020If you’re reading this, you’re probably at the daunting early phases of writing up the introduction...

25+ Essential Apps To Help You Write Your Dissertation Or Thesis

25+ Dissertation & Thesis Writing Apps Everything You Need To Optimise Your Research JourneyContributors: Derek Jansen (MBA), Kerryn Warren (PhD) & David Phair (PhD) | May 2024Completing your dissertation or thesis requires a hearty investment of time, effort...

How To Write A Literature Review (3-Step Process)

How To Write An A-Grade Literature Review 3 Straightforward Steps (With Examples) + Free TemplateBy: Derek Jansen (MBA) | Expert Reviewed By: Dr. Eunice Rautenbach | October 2019Quality research is about building onto the existing work of others, “standing on the...

How To Write A Research Proposal: 5 Straightforward Steps

How To Write A Research Proposal A Straightforward How-To Guide (With Examples)By: Derek Jansen (MBA) | Reviewed By: Dr. Eunice Rautenbach | August 2019 (Updated April 2023)Writing up a strong research proposal for a dissertation or thesis is much like a marriage...

What (Exactly) Is a Dissertation (Or Thesis)?

What Exactly Is A Dissertation (Or Thesis)? If you’ve landed on this article, chances are you’ve got a dissertation or thesis project coming up (hopefully it’s not due next week!), and you’re now asking yourself the classic question, “what the #%#%^ is a...

Decrypting “The Henley Way”

#HenleyMBA: The Elusive "Henley Way", Explained Simply.By: Derek Jansen | July 2018If you’re a Henley MBA student, you’ve probably heard about the need to do things “the Henley way”. Indeed, I’ve seen many assignments that demonstrate very thoughtful analysis and...

How To Write A High-Impact Executive Summary

How To Write A High-Impact Executive SummaryBy Derek Jansen | January 2018You’ve probably heard the line, “you never get a second chance to make a first impression.” Cliched, but wise words nonetheless. In your assignments, your executive summary is the first...

The Henley MBA Exams: How To Prepare For The Big Day

How To Prepare For The Henley MBA Exams: A Step-By-Step Guide For Exam Success. By: Derek Jansen | January 2018The exams for the Henley MBA are tough – that’s for certain. They’re time-pressured, handwritten, count for a lot of marks and can test absolutely anything...

How To Use Mendeley Desktop, Web Importer & The MS Word plugin.

Full Tutorial: How To Use MendeleyIncluding The Web Importer & Mendeley CiteBy: Derek Jansen | Reviewer: Dr Eunice Rautenbach | January 2018 (Updated September 2023)If you're fumbling about trying to manage citations and references by hand (or using Microsoft...

How To Reduce Word Count (Without Losing Precious Marks)

How To Reduce Word Count In Your Dissertation, Thesis Or Academics Assignments (without losing those precious marks)If you follow some of the advice on this blog, chances are one of your biggest challenges is keeping your academic writing projects within the specified...

How To Write A Strong Analysis Chapter In Henley Assignments.

#HenleyMBA: How To Write A Strong Analysis Chapter By: Derek Jansen | December 2017If the Henley MBA is about any one thing, it’s about learning to analyse well. Therefore, it's no surprise that the analysis chapter/section of most assignments is typically allocated...

How To Write A Winning Introduction To A Henley MBA Assignment

#HenleyMBA How To Write A Solid Assignment IntroductionBy: Derek Jansen | December 2017I’ll kick off this post by making a bold assertion: The introduction chapter of your assignment is the single most important section in your entire assignment. Yip. Not the analysis...

Free Download: Literature Review Catalog Excel Template

Free Download 📥 Literature Review Catalogue (Excel Template)Crafting a high-quality literature review is a lot of work. Failure to keep track of all the literature you consume can result in a lot of wasted time. You need to get (and stay) organized - in other words,...

How To Use Zotero

How To Use Zotero + Connector Step-By-Step TutorialIf you're still struggling to manage references manually, this tutorial is for you. We'll show you how to use Zotero, a lightweight, free piece of software that enables you to effortlessly manage your references and...

Critical Writing: Descriptive vs Analytical Writing In Research

Critical Writing 101 Descriptive vs Analytical vs Critical WritingBy: Derek Jansen (MBA) | Expert Reviewed By: Dr Eunice Rautenbach | April 2017Across the thousands of students we work with, descriptive writing (as opposed to critical or analytical writing) is an...

#HenleyMBA: Why focus is your friend when writing assignments.

#HenleyMBA: Why focus is your friend when writing assignmentsAs we've discussed before, a good Henley MBA assignment is one that focuses on a well-defined, relevant topic, identifies a clear, answerable research question and then proceeds to draw extensively on both...

Henley MBA 101: How To Succeed In Your Henley MBA

The Henley MBA 101 Series: Everything you need to know to ace your Henley MBA.Whether you're just starting out on your Henley MBA journey, or your already knee-deep in the Henley battle zone, we've crafted this series to help you understand exactly how to craft...