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Inferential Statistics 101: Simple Explainer (With Examples)
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

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: 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...

Descriptive Statistics 101: Simple Explainer (With Examples)
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?

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...

Literature Synthesis 101: How To Synthesise The Literature
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
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...

Research Proposal Essentials: 5 Critical Dos & Don’ts
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 & 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
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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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 Topic Evaluator: Assess Potential Topics
Research Topic Evaluator: Assess Potential Topics

Free Download: Research Topic Evaluator Systematically evaluate prospective research topicsSo, you've worked through some of the literature and identified a few potential research topics, but you're not sure whether they really stack up. Or perhaps you've got two...

Research Constructs 101: What You Need To Know
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 & 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 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 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...

Primary, Secondary & Tertiary Sources Explained
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,...

Variables 101: Independent, Dependent & Control Variables
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: 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)
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
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 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 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...

Free Download: Results Chapter Template (Qual & Quant)
Free Download: Results Chapter Template (Qual & Quant)

Free Download 📥 Dissertation/Thesis Results TemplateYou've collected your data and it's time to write up the results chapter, but you're not sure how to get started. Fear not - in this free results chapter template, we provide a recommended structure for both...

Free Download: Conclusion Chapter Template (with Examples)
Free Download: Conclusion Chapter Template (with Examples)

Free Download 📥 Dissertation/Thesis Conclusion TemplateYou've reached the final stretch of your dissertation - the conclusion chapter - but you're unsure what you need to cover and in what order. Fear not - in this free conclusion chapter template, we provide a...

Free Download: Discussion Chapter Template (with Examples)
Free Download: Discussion Chapter Template (with Examples)

Free Download 📥 Discussion/Analysis Chapter TemplateIf you're starting out on the discussion chapter (also sometimes called the analysis chapter) for your dissertation or thesis, but aren't too sure how to structure it, this template is just for you. Fully editable,...

Free Download: Methodology Chapter Template (with Examples)
Free Download: Methodology Chapter Template (with Examples)

Free Download 📥 Methodology Chapter TemplateIf you're struggling to get moving with the research methodology chapter for your dissertation or thesis, this template is just what you need. Fully editable, the template includes a recommended structure, detailed...

Free Download: Thesis Introduction Template (with Examples)
Free Download: Thesis Introduction Template (with Examples)

Free Download 📥 Thesis Introduction Chapter TemplateIf you're getting started with the write-up of the introduction chapter of your dissertation or thesis, this template is the perfect starting point. In it, we unpack each section of the chapter using straightforward...

Free Download: Literature Review Template (Word Doc & PDF)
Free Download: Literature Review Template (Word Doc & PDF)

Free Download 📥 Literature Review Chapter TemplateIf you're preparing to write your literature review, our free literature review chapter template is the perfect starting point. In it, we cover each section of the literature review chapter step by step, along with...

Finding A Research Topic: 5 Time-Saving Tips
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
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...

Qualitative Interviews: 5 Costly Mistakes (+ Free Interview Guide)
Qualitative Interviews: 5 Costly Mistakes (+ Free Interview Guide)

Qualitative Research 101: Interviewing 5 Common Mistakes To Avoid When Undertaking InterviewsBy: David Phair (PhD) and Kerryn Warren (PhD) | March 2022Undertaking interviews is potentially the most important step in the qualitative research process. If you don’t...

Dissertation Introduction: 7 Deadly Mistakes To Avoid
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
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 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

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: 6 Steps + Examples

How To Write The Conclusion Chapter The What, Why & How Explained Simply (With Examples)By: Jenna Crossley (PhD Cand). Reviewed By: Dr. Eunice Rautenbach | September 2021So, you’ve wrapped up your results and discussion chapters, and you’re finally on the home...

How To Write The Discussion Chapter: 6 Steps + Examples
How To Write The Discussion Chapter: 6 Steps + Examples

How To Write The Discussion Chapter The What, Why & How Explained Simply (With Examples)By: Jenna Crossley (PhD Cand). Reviewed By: Dr. Eunice Rautenbach | August 2021If you’re reading this, chances are you’ve reached the discussion chapter of your thesis or...

The Dissertation Results/Findings Chapter (Qualitative)
The Dissertation Results/Findings Chapter (Qualitative)

How To Write The Results/Findings Chapter For Qualitative Studies (Dissertations & Theses)By: Jenna Crossley (PhD Cand). 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 (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. But...

How To Choose The Right Research Methodology
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...

Writing A Literature Review: 7 Common Mistakes To Avoid
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 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 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 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...