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Research Ethics 101: A Simple Explainer (With Examples)
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 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
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: 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: 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: 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 – 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 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: 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
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
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...

Acknowledgements 101: How To Write The Section
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...

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 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...

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...

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 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...