Dissertation Coaching

Our Dissertation Coaching services will help you stay on track with your dissertation/thesis by keeping you motivated, productive, and consistent. Our Coaches understand the complexities of life such as being employees, students, parents, and caregivers that often disrupt the momentum of writing. In addition, our trained coaches understand the needs of graduate students to determine and plan out a course of action to be successful in their dissertation/thesis journey and to be a successful graduate student.

Our dissertation coaches will teach you how to structure the process and create realistic work plans you can achieve. Our coaches will also help you work effectively with your chairperson and committee and overcome psychological barriers to finishing such as anxiety, fear, negative thinking, procrastination, perfectionism, and writer's block.

What is Dissertation Coaching?

  • Dissertation coaching is a service designed around your needs to help you successfully complete your doctoral dissertation or thesis.

  • It is a system of identifying barriers and structuring the dissertation or thesis process to increase productivity, momentum, and tangible progress.

  • Dissertation coaching helps you identify and change beliefs and behaviors that interfere with your motivation and productivity.

  • It is an accountability system that involves providing meaningful accountability for solving problems or issues that interfere with your progress.

  • Dissertation coaching provides you with the support you need to manage the inevitable challenges during the dissertation journey.

Our Coaches Will:

  • Help you determine realistic short and long-term goals.

  • Help you reduce procrastination and increase motivation.

  • Help you make consistent progress towards meeting your goals.

  • Help you identify barriers or issues that interferes with your progress.

  • Hold you accountable to specific daily and weekly goals.

  • Help you manage the negative self-talk and self-doubt that is often associated with completing a dissertation.

  • Help you change behaviors and habits that interfere with your motivation and productivity.

  • Teach you to manage your time and research, prioritize tasks and manage your stress.

  • Coach you to overcome challenges such as writer's block, organization issues, and perfectionistic writing.

  • Help you reestablish contact with faculty or obtain readmission into a program if needed.

  • Help you establish and maintain good working relationships with your dissertation chairperson and committee.

  • Help you prepare for oral proposal and defense meetings.

  • Help you as you consider your career options and search for jobs.

How does Dissertation Coaching Work?

Dissertation coaching is delivered by telephone, Skype, Zoom or FaceTime. We design an overall plan to support you through your dissertation journey or master timeline and with weekly action plans to help you develop:

  1. A sense of how long it will take you to finish

  2. A clear set of dissertation tasks to complete weekly and day-to-day.

  3. Overcome internal and external challenges

  4. The setting of goals to meet dissertation benchmarks.

We provide unlimited email and/or text communication to support you, intervene when problems arise, create a sense of accountability, and keep you on task. Dissertation coaching is provided monthly. There are no long-term commitments to make.

How do I know if I really need a Dissertation Coach?

  • Are you tired of working hard, but cannot seem to make consistent progress?

  • Do you feel stuck?

  • Do you get caught in cycles of procrastination and self-doubt that interfere with your progress?

  • Do you feel you need more accountability?

  • Are you experiencing Imposter Syndrome?

  • Do you feel overwhelmed by the dissertation process itself?

  • Do you feel that the stress associated with the dissertation process interferes with your ability to work effectively?

  • Do you struggle with perfectionism?

  • Do you make to-do lists on a regular basis but never complete it?

  • Do you work full or part-time, have children, or health issues that make it difficult for you to work on your dissertation?

  • Are you frustrated by your inability to build or sustain motivation?

  • Are you receiving inadequate support from faculty or your committee during the process of completing a dissertation?

To learn more, email at

jloporto@latinavoice.org