Transform Your Academic Performance And Finish Your Degree
What you'll learn
- How to plan your degree and successfully manage important deadlines
- Regular status updates that improve your relationship with your supervisor
- An ownership mindset that will get you through tough times without shifting blame
- Discussion papers that capture academic progress and useful content for your final report
- The importance of writing early so you think with the end in mind
- Introduction to writing practices like complexity last and old before new
- A finishing mindset that avoids over-analysis and prevents unnecessary delays
- Long-term thinking when doing your proposal that sets you up for success
- No prerequisites, but some exposure to academic life would be helpful
"This is exactly the jump-start I needed. Very clear and concise. It is a must do course for every postgraduate!" - Tulongeni S.
"This course was such a perfect match for my needs. Simple and practical, but yet contains so many useful techniques that i can see myself using as i embark on my PhD research journey. Thanks Peter" - Junior M.
"It was a perfect match !! I love the fact that you bring the issue of the mindset because I learned of the weekly status report from you towards the end of my studies and applied some aspects of the approach. I have tried to introduce the tool to my students without much success. I am still thinking of the best way to the next batch of my students to see the Gold in the approach. I think your approach was magnificent kindly consider publishing as book those weekly status report as I believe bot students and supervisor can find unique value that is different from our existing research methodology books." - Ignitia M.
"It was a perfect match for me. I am at a place where I am inconsistent in my delivery and work output. The course has given me a plan to work with and how to maintain a consistent pattern of output. Its detailed and concise. Grateful" - Tabea K.
"I am glad that I come across this course early on in my writing process. I will be able to plan the rest of my dissertation in a much better fashion. I would highly recommend it for anyone who is undertaking their post graduate studies regardless of their progress" - Sindi A.
"Great tone, clear and understandable content delivery. Feeling inspired and capable." - Baden
"Just the push I needed" - Calistus, "extremely instructive, very clear and concise" - Jeanette
"It was very informative and inspired me. I have recommended it to my friend and will recommend to more in the future" - Percy
This course will teach you how to take control of your academic life, get motivated, get organised and get your degree finished. At any stage of your research-based study you can apply these methods to gain the confidence you need to be a successful student in your field. Postgraduate research can be tough going, especially when you need to be self-disciplined about deadlines to make consistent progress. I'll explain key concepts and share lessons from my own journey of doing a part time PhD over four years.
You can immediately apply these techniques to enhance your relationship with your supervisor and improve your confidence and motivation. Each technique builds on the previous one to transform your outlook about your degree. Whatever your field, level or progress, this course will be useful for you; the new skills you learn will undoubtedly help you finish your degree.
Each lesson unpacks a technique that will help you to finish your degree and transform your academic performance:
The weekly status update will drive consistent delivery and help manage your relationship with your supervisor
Use Lean Kanban thinking to discipline yourself about making progress and committing to next steps
Well timed and well written discussion papers mark your academic progress and will be useful content for your final report
The importance and benefits of a well written proposal and how it positions you for success in your degree
How to balance quality and progress between different phases of your study
Approach your study like a project and understand the phases of proposal, field work, analysis and writing up
How to develop the right mindset that benefits you by taking ownership of your degree
Planning techniques, how I used them in my own degree and how you can use them to get through important deadlines
Completing this course will provide useful and practical tips and techniques to help you finish your degree. Just changing a few things in your study can have a significant impact on your overall performance, I'll show you how.
Who this course is for:
- Generally students at university level doing research based study
- Anyone considering doing a degree and want to start well
In my courses you learn practical skills: "I feel like I am in a real classroom." - Kira Minehart
"What an amazing course! After finishing this course, I have confidence. Thank so much Dr Peter Alkema". Or Tulongeni Shilunga: "This is exactly the jump-start I needed. Very clear and concise"
I lead Enterprise Architecture at ABB and previously I helped lead digital transformation at FirstRand, the biggest financial services group in Africa. I've been featured on CNBC Africa and won the Gartner CIO Of The Year in 2016. I founded and led the largest banking hackathon in South Africa which was published in 2019 as a case study by Harvard Business School.
I've taught over 100,000 students about technology, business, academics and self-development. In 2020 I completed my PhD at Wits University In Johannesburg. The study introduced a ground-breaking theory of Agile software development teams. My woodworking book was published in 2014 and has sold over 10,000 copies.
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