Arab PhD : supervision and writing help for Arab researchers

Arab PhD : supervision and writing help for Arab researchers

I specialise in helping Arab PhD candidates with their research projects by giving them additional supervision and support as well as help writing the thesis itself. I have been working with Arab students and researchers for 8 years and before that I was an academic tutor to Arab students at an international business school.

My help comes in many forms. I prepare applications, personal statements and research proposals. Once your PhD has started I offer supervision, support and review of your work. For the thesis document itself I provide  proofreading, editing, paraphrasing and writing services. Once your thesis is submitted I help prepare you for your viva by preparing questions and holding mock vivas. I often work with my Arab clients for many years from proposal to viva and beyond. Whether it is one task or long-term support I would be glad to help.

Because of my specialist experience I have a full understanding of the challenges that Arab students and Arab PhD researchers face when preparing a thesis in English.  I can help with editing, proofreading and writing of your chapters and I often stay working with my Arab clients right from the proposal and application through to the viva. If you need help with journal articles and conference papers I can do this too.

Here are some of the key reasons to use my service:

  • Experienced in supervision of Arab researchers – 100% success rate
  • PhD writing level assured
  • Guaranteed 100% confidential
  • Long-term support throughout PhD from proposal to viva
  • Guidance, reviewing, research, writing, editing, proofreading
  • Lowest fees available

 

Many Arab PhD researchers feel the need for additional help and support on their PhD journey and I would be happy to hear from you to discuss your needs.  My service is totally confidential.

Contact me today so that we can discuss your requirements.

Writing thesis abstract top tips

Writing thesis abstract top tips

What is an Abstract?

The thesis abstract is a really important part of your thesis despite it being so short. It is written once all the chapters are complete. It is presented at the beginning of the thesis, and it is likely to be the first substantive description of your work to be read by an external examiner. This is your opportunity to set expectations of what is to follow at the right level.

The thesis abstract is a summary of the whole thesis. It presents all the main components of your work in a highly condensed form.

An abstract often functions, together with the thesis title, as a stand-alone text. They appear, absent the full text of the thesis, in bibliographic indexes and academic databases. They may also be presented in announcements of the thesis examination. After your viva the Abstract and title may be all that the majority of readers of your work will actually read.

Don’t make the mistake of thinking that the abstract is an introduction to your work it is a summary of the whole thing including the main findings/ results.

Writing your thesis abstract

The best way to go about writing your thesis abstract is to imagine you are answering a set of four questions

  1. What is the problem or question that the work addresses?
  2. Why is it important?
  3. How was the investigation undertaken?
  4. What was found and what does it mean?

Make sure there is a complete match up between the answers to your questions and what is written in the chapters of the thesis. To make sure this happens go into those chapters to find the answers as follows:

  • Q1. Introduction
  • Q2. Introduction
  • Q3. Methodology
  • Q4. Findings/ Discussion/ Conclusion
What tense should I use for my thesis abstract?

The first point to make is that you should never use the future tense in your  abstract. This is a common mistake. For most of the abstract you should use the present tense until you come to the parts covering methodology or measurements taken, this should be in the past tense.

If you need help with any aspect of your PhD then get in contact with me and we can discuss your requirements.

Viva preparation: three things you really must prepare

Viva preparation: three things you really must prepare

You never know for sure what questions will be asked at your viva but here are three that you really should include in your viva preparation.

Could you briefly summarise your research?

This is the classic icebreaker used to start things off and allow you and the examiners relax and ease yourself in. You need to give a five to 10 minute introduction to your work and your key findings. It is used so commonly that it really would be crazy not to prepare for it. What you set out to do, how you did it and what you found out. A little like the Abstract but longer and, of course, spoken not written. Ask people you know to listen to your answer and give you some feedback and of course try it out on your supervisor.

Can you explain why you think your research is original?

For research to be of PhD standard, all institutional regulations require it be ‘original’ and significant – you will need to demonstrate this to the examiner. Prepare a statement of one or 2 minutes explaining the originality. Remember originality can come in a number of forms:

  • Originality in tools, techniques and procedures
  • Originality in exploring the unknown/unexplored
  • Originality in data
  • Originality in exploring the unanticipated
  • Originality in the experience

Once again rehearse this statement with others including your supervisor.

Can you explain the contribution your research has made?

The goal of your contribution statement should be to provide a clear and concise focal point for your paper. Do not explain the methodological or operational details of your research. However, your contribution statement should be focused on the following:

  1. The state of scholarship prior to your research – from your knowledge of the literature
  2.  What your research adds – filling the gap or exploring the previously unexplored

There are many possible questions that could come up during your viva and you will not be able to prepare for all of them. If you only prepare for three , then these are the three I personally recommend – Summary – Originality – Contribution – think SOC!

Need help with your viva preparation – just contact me and I will explain how I have successfully helped my clients in their viva preparation.

Help finding right PhD supervisor

Help finding right PhD supervisor

If you are planning to start a PhD research programme it’s not just the university or the postgraduate research school you will be choosing but your supervisor as well. The process of choosing is a two-way one because the supervisor will also be choosing which researchers and which research proposals they want to be involved with and which ones they feel will be successful and original.

Finding the right PhD supervisor may make a big difference to how successful you are in your research project – without a good supervisor it could feel like a lonely and frustrating time. It’s really important to have someone to turn to at key moments on your journey.

Make sure your supervisor is a good fit academically, and is interested and enthusiastic about the project you are proposing. It is worth trying to find a supervisor who you fill have positive relations with and this means trying to meet with them beforehand. Remember also that your supervisor will probably be your primary referee when looking for jobs once your research is complete.

PhD supervisor with student

So – the question is, Do I write my proposal and then find a supervisor who is likely to be interested in it or do I find the supervisor and then write a proposal that matches their academic speciality?

I would suggest that this depends on how flexible you are about which university you will join. If there are several universities you are interested in, then I would start with the proposal and then seek out the most appropriate supervisor. If you are set on one particular programme at one university then you may want to select one or two potential supervisors and aim your proposal at them.

By the way this does not necessarily mean writing a proposal on precisely the same specialism as that of the supervisor, but making it related in some way would probably increase your chances of success.

Confused – need help choosing your programme and or supervisor?  Why not use our supervisor finder service.

PhD Research Design, Methods

PhD Research Design, Methods

Designing your PhD starts right from the moment you decide you want to see and hear the word ‘Doctor’ before your name. But for many this first consideration of your research project can be extremely challenging. You find you cannot form a picture in your mind of how its all going to work out let alone trying to write down your research design. When preparing your proposal you are going to have to have an idea of what your project will look like, how will you get your data and from whom.

At this point it is a good idea to seek some help from someone who has been through this process many times. I have helped many researchers design their research both at the proposal stage and also for the PhD itself. It is important to know what is possible as one of the most common reasons for a proposal to be rejected is that is felt to be ‘over-ambitious’.

Here are some of the ways I can help you with your research design

  • Creating a working title for your research project
  • Formulating research questions and/or hypotheses
  • Deciding on the research problem you will be addressing
  • Devising the aims and objectives
  • Selecting the correct methodology from the available options
  • Choosing the correct data analysis techniques

What is research design?

The research design refers to the overall strategy that you choose to integrate the different components of the study in a coherent and logical way, thereby, ensuring you will effectively address the research problem; it constitutes the blueprint for the collection, measurement, and analysis of data.

 

Contact me today and let me know how you think I can help you. Email me using the contact form on the home page, call me on 07562 124635 or use the live chat box in the bottom right-hand corner of this website.

Thesis writing: help writing PhD thesis

Thesis writing: help writing PhD thesis

Thesis writing: I can help you with the writing of your PhD thesis. Whatever chapter you are working on, or even if you are still preparing your proposal, I can write it to PhD standard.  Over a million words of PhD thesis writing already successfully submitted! 

Every year I help many PhD students write up their theses in high quality academic writing that will keep your supervisor happy. It is a 100% confidential service and is guaranteed to be free from any plagiarism. You can read here what my clients have said about my service.

  • Proposals
  • Substantive chapters
  • Literature reviews
  • Findings
  • Discussion
  • Conclusions and introductions

Whether you are already in the process of writing your chapters or still planning your proposal, I can help you. I can help you out with one task or I can work with you through your whole PhD. journey. Qualitative or quantitative studies from all disciplines are welcome. Extensive literature reviews are no problem at all.

As a qualified English teacher you can also be sure that you won’t have your thesis chapters reduced in value by language errors. I can guarantee my service is 100% confidential because this is a personal one-to-one service. Your work is never sent to a third party, everything is done by me personally.

 

The fee for PhD writing is £95 per 1000 words

Proofreading PhD thesis

Proofreading PhD thesis

Proofreading is usually the last step before printing, binding and finally submitting your thesis. It is important that you leave some time for this to be carried out properly. Too many errors in your document and the examiners will ask you to resubmit it even if the research itself is passed.  If English is not your first language then professional proofreading by a native speaker is absolutely essential. I have been proofreading for decades and have been offering academic proofreading for PhD candidates for 9 years. It is very important that you use a proofreader who is experienced in working with PhD level chapters.

My proofreading service includes the following:

  • Correction of grammar
  • Correction of spelling and punctuation
  • Improvement of sentence flow
  • Correction of mistakes in citations
  • Improvement of  vocabulary
  • Replacement of bad syntax
  • Formatting of headings/ subheadings
  • Ensuring your list of references is accurate and consistent

The track changes feature in Microsoft Word will be used so that you can see all the improvements. If you need an urgent service then this is also possible.

The standard fee for PhD proofreading is £12.95 per 1000 words

Sometimes your text may need more than proofreading. For this I have a full editing service for clients whose work needs more time spent on it to get them the result they are looking for or to meet their supervisor’s requirements.

The standard fee for PhD editing is £22.95 per 1000 words

Paraphrasing for PhDs:  thesis paraphrasing

Paraphrasing for PhDs: thesis paraphrasing

Paraphrasing is a technique for rewriting sentences while keeping the meaning the same.

When another author explains a point in exactly the way you would like to, it is very tempting to copy and paste. Unfortunately doing this can lead to serious consequences and is not to be recommended.  Plagiarism, the ‘P’ word, has to be one of the scariest a researcher can hear. The penalties for committing plagiarism are severe. If there is too much matching text in your thesis then you will be failed. The rules on plagiarism apply whether English is your first language or not, so for international students it is can be a really big headache. Paraphrasing other people’s writing is a really difficult skill even for native speakers, no wonder non-English speaking researchers often find it impossible. This is why you may need thesis paraphrasing.

There is a solution!

As an experienced editor, skilled in paraphrasing, I can reduce or remove plagiarism in your writing to take the risk out of your writing and the worry from your research project. I will also change the words without changing the meaning. All thesis paraphrasing leaves sentences at PhD standard writing.

If you are worried that your chapters contain too much text that matches other sources or you already have an originality report which shows an unacceptable level of plagiarism then I can solve your problem. Just send your document through and I will let you know how I can help.

This is what a paraphrased paragraph looks like after I have worked on it.

paraphrasing

The fee for paraphrasing depends on the number of words, the % level of plagiarism in the document and the reduced % you want to achieve. To get a quote just send your document through. If you already have a Turnitin report then send that, if not then I will prepare one for you before we start.

So contact me today I we can discuss your requirements. Email here or call 07562 124635

Research proposal application personal statement

Research proposal application personal statement

Your first challenge on the PhD journey is to prepare a successful application and research proposal. Assuming you have already decided the field of study and what research question you want to try to answer/ explore in the coming years then the next step is to identify which institutions to apply to.

There are three key things to consider – location, programme provision and supervision. Is the university located somewhere you can access? Do they run a research programme for your chosen field of study? And, Is there a potential supervisor with experience and knowledge in your field?

Next you need to narrow down your field of study to a title and a provisional research question. It would also be useful to have a 300-word summary at this stage because you may need to email it to a potential supervisor before you make a formal proposal and application.

When you have done this it will be time to prepare your research proposal and personal statement.

I can help you through this process:

  • Help identifying the right research programme
  • Assistance in formulating your title and research questions
  • Designing your proposed methodology
  • Writing/ editing your research proposal
  • Help with your personal statement

How to prepare a PhD research proposal

A research proposal is a project outline of around 3,000 words that is written as part of the process of applying to study for a PhD research degree. It will be used to assess the quality and originality of your ideas, whether you are able to think critically and whether you have a grasp of the relevant literature. It also tells the institution about the perspectives you intend to take on your research area, and helps them assess whether they can offer a suitable supervisor for your project.

The first thing to say on research proposals is that each institution has its own set of guidelines for the preparation of the proposal so you will need to study these closely. The tips that follow are general ones for a typical proposal.

Here are the elements (sections) that are found in nearly all of the proposal instructions I have seen.

  • Title: Make this clear and descriptive , you can amend it later
  • Abstract: An abstract should usually be no longer than a page, and provide a brief summary of what you are going to cover in your research proposal.
  • Context/ Background and Rationale:
  • Research Questions or Aims
  • Preliminary literature review – the current state of knowledge
  • Theoretical and methodological approach
  • Research Timetable
  • Preliminary Bibliography

The most typical length for a research proposal  in the UK is 3000 words but check your institution as I have also seen shorter ones (1500) as well as longer ones (5000)

Some universities prefer applicants to make contact with potential supervisors – perhaps sending them a short summary of your proposed research – before formally submitting the full proposal and other parts of the application.

 

Top tip: Before selecting the institution to send your proposal to, make sure there is a potential supervisor there. A little investigating online will reveal whether there is.

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Preparing for the Viva: Ten top tips for Viva preparation

Preparing for the Viva: Ten top tips for Viva preparation

I can help you with your viva preparation by preparing potential questions, providing prepared answers on the originality and contribution of your research and holding mock vivas by Skype. Low fees – 100% success rate.

Once your thesis has been submitted your next challenge will be the viva preparation and the viva itself. Make sure you have enough time for viva preparation. The time period between submission and viva can vary greatly. My quick research through a search engine suggested that 6 weeks is the shortest lead up, 12 weeks standard and 6 months the longest (if for example an examiner drops out).

These are the main tips on viva preparation based on the experiences of my clients.

  1. Check your institution’s policies

Institutional policies and practices differ in many respects. Check who will attend your viva (eg. will your supervisor attend, will there be an independent chair?) and what their roles are going to be on the day. You do not want to be thrown by anything unexpected on the day.

  1. Be aware of the most recent studies on your topic

Examiners take their work very seriously and are most likely to have spent a great deal of time thinking about and reading through your thesis. But… you wrote the document and on this specific topic you are still going to be the “expert in the room”. One way to show this is to be aware of any relevant research studies that have been published since you submitted your own work. At least read the abstracts if there are.

  1. Know your examiners

At the viva, the panel will include both internal and external examiners, and it is the external examiner who will tend to take the lead. It is human nature for these examiners to stick quite closely to their own area of expertise. So .. you need to know what this is. Take a look at their published work especially the most recent.

  1. Get ready to defend originality and contribution

If there are two things you really have to be ready to defend at your viva then let that be its originality and its contribution to knowledge. Originality can come in many forms: exploring the previously unexplored, devising novel methods, treating data in a way it has not been treated before, applying a theory to a new area are just a few examples. Make sure you prepare a well-rehearsed statement as to why your research is original.

Second of the most important things that the examiners will be looking for is the “contribution to knowledge”. It is the contribution which makes your work doctoral level (as opposed to MPhil.). Be sure that you understand exactly what your contribution is, and that you are able to express and explain it clearly and concisely. Do this my writing out a paragraph and also include a statement as to why your work achieves this contribution in a different way to other work in that field, particularly the most recent work.

  1. Prepare a list of possible questions – from easy to the ones you dread the most

Collect your own list of possible questions. These questions will be in two categories. 1) General questions that could be asked of any candidate and 2) Specific questions about the contents of your own thesis.

To save time you can download a copy of the general research questions that I have prepared here. For the specific questions It is often a good idea to ask someone else to help you with this – someone who will read your thesis at take a critical approach to spotting potential weaknesses.

  1. Rehearse for the classic icebreaker

Traditionally, vivas kick off with a gentle opener to ease both you and the examiners into the proceedings. This question is likely to be formulated something like “Can you give as a brief overview of your thesis?” It is really important to prepare to give this overview for a minimum of 5 minutes.

  1. Mock vivas, conference papers and post-submission discussions

Once you have submitted your thesis there will be a variety of opportunities to practice for your viva. Always ask your supervisor for a mock viva, they should oblige. There are other people available for mock vivas should you not receive sufficient time from your supervisor. Another opportunity comes from the presentation of conference papers. As part of your overall research work the dissemination of parts of your research through conferences, and seminars is a great way to prepare. Finally, any discussions about your thesis you may have with academics, or indeed anyone, will help you rehearse your key points.

  1. Bring an exact copy

Make sure you bring a copy of your thesis report that is identical to the ones in the possession of the examiners. Nothing will annoy them more as if they are continually waiting for you to find something they refer to and you cannot because the page numbers don’t add up.

  1. Get rested and relaxed the day before

The day before the viva should not be one of stressed final read throughs and rehearsing. It should be all about getting your mind and body ready for the day to come. Avoid over-indulgence of any kind and get an early night – a vindaloo and 5 pints of beer are not recommended. A good soak in the bath before bedtime always helps me relax but you may have your own ways.

  1. Prepare to enjoy

Nobody died at a viva (As far as I know!). The examiners are not your enemy. They want to pass you. You have worked hard and done your preparation. So enjoy it … smile, relax. Looking stressed will just unnerve the examiners.

For help with your viva preparation just contact me and I will explain how I can help you towards a successful viva.