Complete Your Thesis in 6 Months
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Complete Your Thesis in 6 Months

Learn the research and writing habits to finish your MA or PhD program years earlier
4.1 (14 ratings)
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Created by Michael Rank
Last updated 3/2017
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  • 6 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Article
  • 14 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion

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What Will I Learn?
  • Write hundreds of words per day on their dissertation
  • Overcome writers' block and convert their research into writing
  • Write a first draft of their dissertation
  • Form a writers' group
  • Edit a dissertation to perfection
  • Do a perfect defense
  • Apply to tenure-track jobs
  • Turn a dissertation into articles or a book
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  • Be a graduate student at the beginning, middle, or end of their MA or PhD program
  • Basic computer skills

Are you stuck in your PhD program? Are you afraid that if you don't produce results soon then your university will kick you out of the program?

Have no fear. With this brand new course, based on cutting-edge research on the most effective methods of dissertation writing, you will be called "Dr." faster than you thought possible.

This is a course that will teach you the A-to-Z of finishing your dissertation. Everything from putting together a dissertation proposal, choosing a defense committee, writing your first draft, finishing your dissertation, defending your dissertation, and even life after your PhD.

Students who have taken this course have seen incredible results. The methods used in this course will help you finish your PhD program on average three years faster than you would otherwise (based on results among previous participants)

Would you like to get three years of your life back before you lose them?

We've outlined everything in these 6 modules:

#1 How to choose the perfect dissertation topic

This session will help you choose the perfect topic: ambitious enough to impress your advisor, but not so ambitious that it is impossible to finish. You'll also learn how to choose the right advisor, and how to accelerate your research with dynamic note taking.

#2 Writing the first draft

I've taught writing methods to thousands of students, helping them go from crippling writer's block to producing hundreds of words a day. Learn how to make it impossible not to write every day, and write more in 1 hour than you used to do in 8.

#3 How to keep writing during your dissertation slog

How do you deal with your defense committee when they send you contradictory revision requests? How do you avoid procrastination and even depression during the mid-point of your thesis? Learn how to overcome the challenges that sink most doctoral projects.

#4 The exact steps to producing a perfect dissertation draft

Learn the editing techniques to produce a perfect dissertation draft for your defense committee.

#5 How to do a perfect dissertation defense

Sail through your defense with ease by using these strategies to impress your committee, communicate the importance of your research, and maybe even enjoy the process.

#6 Preparing for life after the dissertation: How to launch your academic career

Learn how to position yourself for success in the cut-throat world of the academic job market

The course also includes

  • Access to over 40 video lessons (nearly 10 hours of content)
  • Samples of dissertation proposals, outlines, and chapter drafts
  • Access to private Facebook group, where you can work out problems with other PhD students
  • Full service support
  • Lifetime access to the learning materials
  • BONUS Training: How to form a writers' group
  • BONUS Training: How to apply for a tenure-track job after graduation

Who is the target audience?
  • MA students
  • PhD students
Compare to Other Academic Writing Courses
Curriculum For This Course
44 Lectures
Course Overview
1 Lecture 02:09
Preparing to Write the Dissertation
8 Lectures 01:27:53

How to Choose a Dissertation Topic

The Right Way to Choose an Advisor

Writing Your Dissertation Faster With Dynamic Note Taking

Submitting Your Dissertation Proposal

Resources For This Section
Writing the First Draft
9 Lectures 01:45:15
Figuring Out Your Dissertation Writing Style

Collecting Data For Your Dissertation

Creating a Pre-Writing Outline For Your Dissertation

The 1-Page Outline

The Zero-Draft - Your First Step in Writing

Creating an Unbreakable Daily Writing Habit

How to Make it Impossible Not to Write Every Day

How to Have the Perfect Writing Day

Resources For This Section
How to Keep Writing During Your Dissertation Slog
7 Lectures 01:03:00
How to Keep Going in the Midpoint of Your PhD

Developing a Regular Writing Routine

Putting Together a Writers' Group

Dealing With Your Advisor and Dissertation Committee

Overcoming Writer's Block

Dealing With Depression

Resources For This Section
Polishing Your Dissertation to Perfection
7 Lectures 32:01
Section Overview

Revising Your Dissertation at the Organizational Level

Revising at the Paragraph Level

Revising at the Sentence Level

Tips for Final Edits

Other Useful Strategies

Resources for this Section
The Defense
6 Lectures 29:19
Section Overview

Preparing for the Defense

What To Say During Your Opening Remarks

Giving the Perfect Answer to Every Question

Doing a Final Revision After the Defense

Resources for this Section
Life After the Dissertation
5 Lectures 31:11
Section Overview

Publishing the Dissertation - Book or Article(s)?

Applying for a Tenure-Track Job

A Final Thank-You

Writing a Perfect CV and Cover Letter
Bonus Resources
1 Lecture 00:10
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About the Instructor
Michael Rank
4.4 Average rating
146 Reviews
6,840 Students
5 Courses
PhD, History

Michael Rank is a PhD in Middle East history. He studied at Central European University in Budapest, Hungary and holds an MA in Ottoman History from Bilgi University in Istanbul, Turkey. His research project is on Christian-Muslim intellectual and religious history in late Ottoman Istanbul. Michael has taught courses in Hungary, Turkey, and the United States on Middle East History, International Affairs, Intercultural Studies, and American History. Prior to joining academia, he worked as a journalist in Istanbul where he reported on religion and human rights in the Middle East.

Michael is the author of 12 books, including "From Muhammed to Burj Khalifa: A Crash Course in 2,000 Years of MIddle East History,"; "The Crusades and the Soldiers of the Cross"; and "The Most Powerful Women in the MIddle Ages: Queens, Saints, and Viking Slayers, From Empress Theodora to Elizabeth of Tudor."

He lives in Istanbul with his wife and two daughters.